2016 Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

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Electronic Chemistry
Sato Yukari  Nakamura Jiro 
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Course description and aims

Electrochemical devices that convert electric energy and chemical energy by exchanging electrons or ions are widely used as power storage and power generation applications, and it is believed that their importance will grow in the future. In this lecture, we will study energy conversion and storage devices such as a storage battery, fuel cell, capacitor, based on the principle of operation and the material of construction, with emphasis on surface reactions. Based on the present state of things concerning the improvement of performance of various energy devices, the latest topics and future trends will be overviewed

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to discuss the situation of each device based on the latest developments and challenges, in addition to learning the historical reasons of the operating principles of various types of electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices and the characteristics of the materials.


electrochemistry, energy conversion, energy storage, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, capacitors

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.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to electrochemical devices,Electrochemical reactions in electrochemical devices Explain the roles and issues of electrochemical devices and electrochemical reactions in electrochemical devices
Class 2 History of battery development and features of recent batteties Explain the electrode/electrolyte materials and their electrochemical properties in rechargeable batteries
Class 3 Current status and issues of lithium ion batteries Explain the relation between structure and electrochemical properties of lithium intercalation materials
Class 4 Current status and issues of next generation rechargeable batteries Explain the proposed reactions and materials for next generation rechargeable batteries
Class 5 Current status and issues of solid oxide fuel cells Explain the electrochemical reactions and materials for solid oxide fuel cells
Class 6 Current status and issues of solid polymer fuel cells Explain the electrochemical reactions and materials for solid polymer fuel cells
Class 7 Current status and issues of electrochemical capacitors Explain the electrochemical reactions and materials for capacitors
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by understanding of the above all lectures.



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Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of crystal structure and its characterization, solid solution, and materials synthesis and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed from reports (50%) and final exam (50%).

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