2016 Electrochemistry (Ceramics course)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Miyauchi Masahiro  Matsushita Sachiko 
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Tue3-4(S7-201)  Fri3-4(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

In the field of electrochemistry, charge transfer and materials diffusion are very important. In addition, electrochemistry has strong relation with thermodynamics and photochemistry. This course introduces and explains the electrochemistry by considering its relation with basic materials science and applied materials engineering. This course also explains applied measurement of electrical engineering of materials.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand electrochemical phenomena, electrochemical reaction and their evaluation on materials, and applications of electrochemistry.


electrochemistry, thermodynamics, standard electrode potential, diffusion, voltammetry, interface, electrolyte, battery, photochemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Explain a basic and advanced aspect of electrochemistry. Mini-test, midterm test, and final exam will be held.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of electrochemistry Explain the importance of electrochemistry by indtroducing electrochemical phenomena and applications.
Class 2 Energy and equilibrium Explain energy and equilibrium on the basis of thermodynamics.
Class 3 Standard electrode and redox reaction Explain standard electrodes and their oxidation and reduction potentials
Class 4 Potential of chemical reaction Explain the relationship between chemical reaction and potential generation.
Class 5 Nernst's equation 1 Explain Nernst's equation.
Class 6 Nernst's equation 2 Explain the application of Nernst's equation for phase diagram of ceramics.
Class 7 Dynamics in electron transport Explain electron transport at the interface of electrode.
Class 8 Midterm exam Conduct midterm exam for former part of this lecture.
Class 9 Diffusion equation and voltammetry Study of diffusion equation and voltammetry.
Class 10 Measurement method using voltammetry Study of the measurement method using voltammetry
Class 11 Liquid electrolyte Study about liquid electrolyte.
Class 12 Solid electrolyte Study about solid electrolyte
Class 13 Electrochemical cell Study about both basic and frontier electrochemical cell.
Class 14 Photon, and the electrochemistry Study of the relationship between photon and electrochemistry.
Class 15 Interfacial electrochemistry Study of the interfacial electrochemistry.


Handout by instructor

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Physical Chemistry (Atkins)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of basic electrochemistry, evaluation, and applications.
Students’ course scores are based on midterm exam (50%) and final exams (50%).

Related courses

  • MAT.A204 : Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MAT.C314 : Environmental Science

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

Students must have successfully completed Thermodynamics of Materials or have equivalent knowledge.

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