Electrochemistry and Energy

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBCH037-05
Vaknaam Electrochemistry and Energy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Electrochemistry and Energy
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
Apply the relation between components and concepts in electrical circuits to electrochemical cells and processes

Apply thermodynamic relations to calculate the formal potential of galvanic cells, Gibbs free energy and equilibrium constants
Explain how polarisation, capacitance and resistance in solution and at electrodes can be affected by cell composition
Describe the various models for the electrode solution interface
Explain the fundamental basis for voltammetry and predict the shape of voltammograms in the context of thermodynamic, kinetic and spatial considerations and apply the Cottrell, Butler-Volmer and Randles Sevcik equations
Interpret cyclic voltammetric data with regard to electrochemical chemical mechanisms.
Describe the operation of an electrochemical mediators and electrochemical sensors
Classify the different types of batteries and fuel cells available
Predict and interpret data obtained by impedance spectroscopy
Work safely in a physical chemistry laboratory, including electrical safety and identification of risks and hazards & Identify environmental risks posed by materials used and safe methods for storage and disposal
Omschrijving Introduction to electrochemistry and electrochemical technology including its applications. The course is divided into four modules and a laboratory program. The modules focus on i) equilibrium electrochemistry, ii) dynamic and electroanalytical electrochemistry, iii) the application of electrochemical techniques and (iv) fuel cells, batteries and related energy applications of electrochemistry. The course builds on the basis knowledge gained in the courses Physical Chemistry I and II to place aspects of thermodynamics and kinetics learnt into context in electrochemical and energy applications. Practice is given through problem sets both for tutorials and before and during the practical sessions.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Workload: Self study 78 hrs, Lecture 30 hrs, Tutorial 30 hrs, Practical 40 hrs,)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final exam: Written exam 80%, Practical work 20%)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. W.R. Browne
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. W.R. Browne ,prof. dr. M. Tromp
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Electrochemistry (2018) Wesley Browne 9780198790907 €  25,00
Articles from the literature Various
Laboratory manual (electronic version) Wesley Browne
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from Calculus, Physical Chemistry 1 and 2 Structure, Reactivity and Function in the bachelor programme Chemistry/Chemical Technology (year 1).

The course unit is often followed by, or prepares students for, solar cells in the degree program chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry and Photo-chemistry in the track sustainable chemistry and energy but the learning objectives attained are not required as prior knowledge for these courses.
The course provides experience in data acquisition, data handling and mathematics in chemistry in particular in drawing relationships between thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of chemistry and molecular reactivity.
Opmerkingen Written exam accounts for 7 points of the 10 for the course. But a mark of 55% or higher(i.e. >4.4/8)in the exam itself is required before credit can be given for the practical work to calculate the final grade.

Practical work: Laboratory with journal. The laboratory is assessed on a Pass or Fail basis with a pass providing 3 points out of the total 10. The practical component must be a Pass grade in order to pass the course

A mark of 55% or higher (i.e. >4.4/8) in the written exam itself is required before credit can be given for the practical work to calculate the final grade. Criteria for a pass mark for the laboratory: attend all practical sessions, demonstrate preparation through answering of pre-practical questions and complete an written record of the work and with analysis in the form of a laboratory workbook.
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