2021 Advanced Electrochemistry I

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Arai Hajime  Kitamura Fusao  Hirayama Masaaki 
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Course description and aims

This class focuses on the electrochemical theory required to understand the operation of power devices such as batteries and fuel cells as well as analytical devices such as chemical sensors, for students who have no/little experience in studying electrochemistry in their undergraduate courses.
Topics include thermodynamics and kinetics of electrochemical reactions, the structure of electrode | electolyte interface, conductivity of electrolytes.
For the comprehensive understand of electrochemistry, knowledge and concepts based on electrical and physical engineering in addition to chemistry are required. This course aims to student to understand and acquire the fundamentals of electrochemical concepts widely applicable to current industries, which will develop an innovative technology.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the concepts and technologies of electrochemistry and their applications.
2) Explain the electrostatic potential distribution (electrical double layer) formed at the electrode | electrolyte interface.
3) Ability to interpret electrochemical reactions from thermodynamic point of view.
4) Explain the factors that dictate the rate of electrode reactions.


electrochemistry, energy conversion, electrochemical interface, theories of electrode reactions

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Individual topics will be lectured. Towards the end of class, if needed, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve. To prepare for class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to electrochemistry Acquir the knowledge about the concepts and applications of electrochemical technologies.
Class 2 Galvanic cell and electrolytic cell Explain energy conversions in Galvanic and electrolytic cells, structures and roles of cell components.
Class 3 Introduction to thermodynamics in electrochemistry Acquire fundamental knowledge of electrochemical thermodynamics.
Class 4 Thermodynamic equilibria of electrochemical cell systems Ability to describe the equilibria of various electrochemical cell systems.
Class 5 The interface between electrode and electrolyte Explain the model structure of electrical double layer formed at the electrode | electrolyte interface.thermodynamics.
Class 6 Electrode kinetics (charge-transfer process) Explain the influence of charge-transfer on the rate of electrode reactions.
Class 7 Electrode kinetics (mass transfer process) Explain the influence of mass-transfer on the rate of electrode reactions.

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Keith Oldham, Jan Myland, Alan Bond, Electrochemical Science and Technology: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley (2011), ISBN: 978-0-470-71085-2

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' understanding will be assessed by mini-exercises/reports.

Related courses

  • ENR.H404 : Advanced Electrochemistry II
  • ENR.H411 : Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

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

This lecture is for students who has no/little experience in studying electrochemistry in their undergraduate courses. It is recommended to take "Advanced Electrochemistry II" for those who studied electrochemistry in their undergraduate courses.

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