2021 Advanced Electrochemistry I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamanaka Ichiro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] In this lecture, basic electrochemistry will be explained based on two chemical rules, (i) thermodynamics: chemical potential, electrochemical potential and electrode potential and (ii) kinetics: rate of electron transfer reaction, current, diffusion process.
[Aim of the lecture] The aims are to understand basic electrochemical knowledge for electrochemical experiments by studying static and dynamic electrochemistry and essential electrochemical instruments and materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students acquire the following ability:
(1) Ability to understand basic electrochemistry theory and experimental procedure.
(2) Ability to understand electrochemical potential, Nernst equation, inner potential, external potential, terminal voltage.
(3) Ability to understand Butler-Volmer equation, current and reaction rate, diffusion equation and current.
(4) Ability to apply electrochemistry to various scientific fields, solid chemistry, metal complex, catalysis, organic synthesis, energy conversion.


electrochemical potential, Nernst equation, inner potential, external potential, terminal voltage, Butler-Volmer equation, current and reaction rate, diffusion equation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) rule of electrochemistry and thermodynamics, (2) rule of electrochemical potential and chemical potential, (3) rule of potential and voltage, (4) rule of current and reaction rate, (5) electrochemical experiment procedures.
In the last lecture, practice problems and interpretation of them will be carried out to confirm the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Energy and electrochemistry Explain relation of energy to electrochemistry.
Class 2 Electrochemistry and thermodynamics Explain relation of electrochemistry to thermodynamics.
Class 3 Electrochemical potential and chemical potential Explain relation of electrochemical potential to chemical potential.
Class 4 Electrode potential and terminal voltage Explain relation of electrode potential to terminal voltage.
Class 5 Current and reaction rate Explain relation of current to reaction rate.
Class 6 Current and diffusion process Explain relation of current to diffusion process.
Class 7 Electrochemical experiment procedures Explain electrochemical experiment procedures.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Electrochemistry, Hamann, Carl H. / Hamnett, Andrew / Vielstich, Wolf, completely revised and updated Edition - February 2007, ISBN 978-3-527-31069-2 - Wiley-VCH, Weinheim

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Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems for confirming the level of understanding (85%), level of lecture participation (15%) which decided
by brief problems and discussion in every lectures.

Related courses

  • CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium)
  • CAP.B218 : Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics)
  • CAP.A352 : Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry II (Chemical Potential Conversion)
  • CAP.A353 : Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry III (Photoenergy Conversion)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Physical Chemistry II (Chemical thermodynamics) and Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics) for well understanding.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

yamanaka.i.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp (Ichiro Yamanaka)

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