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Master SERP+ Programme

Interfacial electrochemistry


The syllabus of this course focus on:

  • Revision of fundamental concepts of electrochemistry
  • Electrochemical potential
  • Electrochemical cells in equilibrium
  • Debye-Hückel theory
  • Conductivity of electrolyte solutions
  • The electrical double layer
  • Electrical properties of the interface
  • Faradaic processes
    • Mass transfer controlled reactions
    • Reactions controlled by charge transfer
  • Potential step and sweep techniques
  • Introduction to electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

In the laboratory sessions, the students carry out experimental works illustrative of the themes developed in the lectures, whose results and main conclusions are presented in written reports and oral presentations.


To develop the students’ knowledge of interfacial electrochemistry. This includes both the understanding of fundamental aspects of electrochemistry, as well as techniques for characterization of electrochemical processes at electrode surfaces. To provide an advanced understanding on the behavior of an aqueous medium in the vicinity of an electrode surface.

Recommended Books

  • "Analytical and Physical Electrochemistry", H.H. Girault, 1st ed., EPFL Press, Marcel Dekker, Lausanne, 2004
  • "Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications", A.J. Bard, L.R. Faulkner, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2001
  • "Electrochemistry: Principles, Methods, and Applications", C.M.A. Brett, A.M.O. Brett, 1st ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993

Teaching Staff

Cosme Neves Resende de Moura (Course Coordinator)
Maria João da Encarnação Ferreira Sottomayor


Lectures: 14 h
Practical classes: 42 h

Grading System

Exam: 50%
Practical classes and Presentations: 50%