To acquire the basic concepts and applications of electrochemistry is needed to understand the features, functions and issues of electrochemical devices that are widely used in our society, such as batteries and fuel cells. This course gives profound understanding and applications of electrochemical concepts, electrochemical equilibrium based on thermodynamics, potential-current relationship based on reaction kinetics, and so on, where the related lectures and exercise are combined. In the latter part of the course, the participants study analytical methods based on the principles of electrochemical measurements and their applications to electrochemical devices such as rechargeable batteries and fuel cells to acquire practical senses to these devices.
By the end of this course, students will able to:
1) Explain basic electrochemical concepts such as electrodes, electrolytes, interface and potential.
2) Explain relationships among potential, current and time governed by equilibrium and kinetics.
3) Explain principles of electrochemical measurements used for analysis of electrochemical devices.
4) Explain the features, usage and issues of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells considering their components and characteristics.
electrochemistry, energy conversion, electrochemical interface, electrochemical reactions (equilibrium and kinetics), electrochemical measurements, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Individual topics will be lectured and the related exercise is given 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|
|Class 1||Lecture and exercise on electrodes and electrolytes||Treat electron/ion conductors, concentration and activity and electrical double layer models.|
|Class 2||Lecture and exercise on electrochemical equilibrium||Treat the electrochemical thermodynamics, Nernst equation and equilibrium potential.|
|Class 3||Lecture and exercise on electrochemical kinetics under charge transfer conditions||Treat the electrochemical behavior under charge transfer conditions.|
|Class 4||Lecture and exercise on electrochemical kinetics under mass transfer conditions||Treat the electrochemical behavior under mass transfer conditions.|
|Class 5||Lecture and exercise on electrochemical measurements (DC/AC methods)||Explain the principle of electrochemical measurements.|
|Class 6||Lecture and exercise on theory and analysis of rechargeable batteries||Explain the kinds and working principles of rechargeable batteries and analytical methods for performance evaluation.|
|Class 7||Lecture and exercise on theory and analysis of fuel cells||Explain the kinds and power generation principles of fuel cells and analytical methods for performance evaluation.|
|Class 8||Electrochemical sensors -theory, analysis and materials -||Understand the contents in the 1-7th lectures and answer to the questions in the final exam.|
Keith Oldham, Jan Myland, Alan Bond, Electrochemical Science and Technology: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley (2011), ISBN: 978-0-470-71085-2
Students' knowledge will be assessed from quizes or reports (50%) and examination (50%).
It is desirable that the students have learned basic electrochemistry.