This course deals with electrolyte solution, equilibrium electrochemistry, and electrode surface process, which provide fundamental knowledge to understand electrochemical reaction, and recent applications including fuel cells and energy storage devices.
Electrochemical cells and electrochemical measurements are based on redox reactions at electrode-electrolyte solution interface. This course facilitates student's understanding of thermodynamic fundamentals of redox reactions, which involve the transfer of electrons between species.
Electrolyte solution, Diffusion of ions, Electrochemical cell, Electromotive force, Electrode surface process, Electrochemical measurement
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve. Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule 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||Thermodynamic Description of Ions in Solution||Understand ionic activity, ionic atmosphere, and the Debye-Hückel theory.|
|Class 2||Motion of Ions in Solution||Understand the Kohlrausch's law, the Stokes' law, ionic mobility, ionic conductivity, and transport number.|
|Class 3||Equilibrium Electrochemistry I||Understand electrochemical cell, half-reaction, and the Nernst equation.|
|Class 4||Equilibrium Electrochemistry II||Understand standard potential and its application, equilibrium constant of cell reaction.|
|Class 5||Electrode-Solution Interface||Understand diffuse double layer and Butler-Volmer equation.|
|Class 6||Electrochemical Measurements||Understand voltammetry and chronopotentiometry.|
|Class 7||Applications||Understand energy density and power density. Explain applications such as fuel cell, redox-flow battery, and Li ion secondary battery.|
|Class 8||Summary||Review the course contents.|
Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, Atkins' Physical Chemistry, first and last volumes, 10th Ed., Chapters 5, 6, 19, 21, Tokyo: Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN: 978-4-8079-0908-7, ISBN: 978-4-8079-0909-4
Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.
Students' knowledge of electrolyte solution, equilibrium electrochemistry and electrode surface process, and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed. Student's course scores are based on a term-end exam (80%) and exercise problems (20%).
No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.