2021 Introduction to Organic Electrochemistry

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Inagi Shinsuke 
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Course description and aims

[Outline] In this course, after learning about the basic principles and research methods for electrode reactions of organic compounds, students will study electrode reaction theory and electrosynthesis theory that leverages the special characteristics of electrode reactions. The instructor will also present examples of new techniques and industrialization processes in organic electrochemistry.
[Goals] By studying the electrode reactions of organic compounds, students will deepen their understanding of molecular transformations and material synthesis from electrical energy, as well as the interface reactions of energy devices.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the electron-transfer behavior of organic compounds.
2) Have an understanding of the synthetic and material applications of electrogenerated species.


Organic electrosynthesis, Electron transfer, Oxidation and reduction, Electrogenerated species, Electropolymerization

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the end of class, students are given exercise problems to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamental principles and methods for organic electrochemistry Explain various methods for electrosynthesis.
Class 2 Umpolung and selectivity in organic electrosynthesis Explain specific selectivities in electrosynthesis.
Class 3 Electroauxiliaries in organic electrosynthesis Explain the effects of electroauxiliaries.
Class 4 Mediators in organic electrosynthesis Explain the mechanism of indirect electrochemical reactions.
Class 5 Electropolymerization Explain electropolymerization and its application.
Class 6 Recent developments in organic electrochemistry Study the recent development in electrosynthesis.
Class 7 Industrial applications of organic electrochemistry Explain industrial applications of organic electrochemistry.

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

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 30 minutes preparing for class and another 30 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Organic Electrochemistry, CORONA publishing (2012)
Fundamentals and Applications of Organic Electrochemistry, Wiley (2014)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on final exam or report assignment (70%) and exercise problems (30%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H420 : Introduction to Photochemistry I

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

No prerequisites.

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