2022 Fundamentals of Electrochemical Deposition

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Chang Tso-Fu 
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Course description and aims

Electrodeposition is a technique to decorate materials on surfaces of another material (could be the same material) through electrochemical reactions. Fundamentals of electrochemistry, such as thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and mass transfer are topics in this class. Chronopotentiometry and chronoamperometry are common electrochemical techniques, which will be included. Examples on research and application of electrodeposition will also be introduced.

Student learning outcomes

Fundamentals of electrochemistry and practical knowledge on electrodeposition.


Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Mass Transfer, Chronopotentiometry, Chronoamperometry, Electrodeposition

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The class will be mostly on lectures, and practice questions will be given in class to ensure a better understanding of the lecture content. Interactions, such as questions or comments, are encouraged. Also, the attendant will be part of the grading.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction -Electrochemical system -Faradays Law
Class 2 Thermodynamics Nernst equation Reversibility
Class 3 Reaction Kinetics Electrode potential Bulter-Volmer model
Class 4 Mass Transfer Migration Diffusion Fick's Law
Class 5 Controlled Current & Controlled Potential Chronopotentiometry Basic Potential Step
Class 6 Controlled Potential Linear Sweep Voltammetry, LSV Cyclic Voltammetry, CV
Class 7 Electrodeposition Techniques Electrodeposition Electroless Deposition Cathodic Deposition

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

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications by Allen J. Bard, Larry R. Faulkner

Assessment criteria and methods

Attendance: 56% (8% × 7 classes)
Quiz/Assignment: 34%
Class Engagement: 10%

Related courses

  • MAT.M308
  • MAT.C312

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