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Deadline : June 15th, 2020 (midnight, Paris time).  Applications for scholarships are closed. 

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Master SERP+ Programme

Kinetics and Electrochemistry


Reaction kinetics

  • Relation between rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions
  • Collision theory of reaction rates
  • Activated complex theory
  • Reactions in solution
  • Introduction to photochemistry

- Redox reactions and Electrochemistry

  • Fundamentals of electron transfer
  • Cyclic and linear sweep voltammetry
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfer
  • Electron transfer in biological systems

Laboratory training

  • Laser Induced Fluorescence of I2 gas
  • Study of molecules by Flash photolysis method
  • Influence of the ionic strength on the solubility of a salt
  • Cyclic voltammetry of a reversible system
  • Mediated redox enzyme electrochemistry


Reaction kinetics in gas and solution: experimental and theoretical approaches. Thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfers : applications to biological systems


Fundamentals of Kinetics (reaction order, rate constant, Arrhenius law,…)
Solution Chemistry (acid-base, redox, precipitation, complexation,…)
Basics of Chemical Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy, equilibrium constant,…)

Recommended Books

Physical Chemistry, P.W. Atkins, J. De Paula, Ed. Oxford University press
Chemical kinetics and dynamics, J. I. Steinfeld, J. S. Franscisco, W. L. Hase, Ed. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Teaching Staff

Isabelle Lampre (Course coordinator)
Pedro De Oliveira


Lecture: 16h
Tutorial: 11 h
Practical courses: 18 h

Grading System

Kinetics exam  40% + Electrochemistry exam 30%+ Practicals 30%