2016 Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry II (Chemical Potential Conversion)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamanaka Ichiro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] In this lecture, chemical technologies for conversion of chemical energy to electric power and electric power to chemical energy will be explained on the basis of environmental protection and sustainability.
[Aim of the lecture] The aims are to understand energy and resource conversion chemistry based on chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, catalysis and kinetics, and to learn advance chemistry for various cells and electrosynthesis systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students acquire the following ability:
(1) Ability to understand rule and mechanism for mutal conversion of chemical energy and electric power.
(2) Ability to understand relationship between chemical potential, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, catalysis and fuel cell reaction , electrosynthesis reaction.
(3) Ability to understand overview of energy and resource conversion.


chemical potential, electric power, mutual conversion, fuel cell reactions, electrosynthesis reactions

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) overview of energy conversion, (2) thermodynamics and energy conversion (3) various fuel cell and surface reactions,(4) electrosynthesis using fuel cello reaction.
In the last lecture, practice problems and interpretation of them will be carried out to confirm the level of understanding

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Energy and environmental To explain relationship between energy and environmental. electrochemistry.
Class 2 Chemical thermodynamics and electrochemistry To explain relationship between chemical thermodynamics and electrochemistry.
Class 3 Electrochemistry and catalysis To explain relationship between electrochemistry and catalysis.
Class 4 Solid-polymer-electrolyte fuel cell and surface reactions To explain solid-polymer-electrolyte fuel cell and surface reactions
Class 5 Solid-oxide-electrolyte fuel cell and surface reactions To explain solid-oxide-electrolyte fuel cell and surface reactions
Class 6 Electrosynthesis using fuel cell reaction I To explain basic electrosynthesis using fuel cell reaction.
Class 7 Electrosynthesis using fuel cell reaction II To explain advance relectrosynthesis using fuel cell reaction.
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding To solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


Electrochemistry, Hamann, Carl H. / Hamnett, Andrew / Vielstich, Wolf, completely revised and updated Edition - February 2007, ISBN 978-3-527-31069-2 - Wiley-VCH, Weinheim

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Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems for confirming the level of understanding (85%), level of lecture participation (15%) which decided by brief problems and discussion in every lectures.

Related courses

  • MAT.P203 : Physical Chemistry (Reaction Dynamics)
  • MAT.P204 : Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.E351 : Electrochemistry

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

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Physical Chemistry II (Chemical thermodynamics), Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics) and Electrochemistry for well understanding.



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