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Master SERP+ Programme

Interfacial Electrochemistry


Content

  1. Revision of Fundamental Concepts
  2. Electrochemical Potential
  3. Electrochemical Cells in Equilibrium
  4. Debye-Hückel Theory
  5. Conductivity of Electrolyte Solutions
  6.  Electrical Properties of the Interface
  7. Faradaic Processes
    1. Mass Transfer Controlled Reactions
    2. Reactions Controlled by Charge Transfer

In the lab 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.

Aims

  • Girault, H. H. "Analytical and Physical Electrochemistry", EPFL Press, Lausanne, 2004.
  • Bard, A. J., Faulkner, L. B. "Electrochemical methods: fundamentals and applications", John Wiley, New York, 2001.
  • W. Ronald Fawcett; "Liquids, Solutions, and Interfaces", Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Wolfgang Schmickler, Elizabeth Santos; "Interfacial Electrochemistry, Second Edition", Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.

Pre-requiste

The aim of this course is to develop the students’ knowledge of interfacial electrochemistry. This includes both the understanding of fundamental aspects of electrochemistry, as well as techniques for the characterization of the electrochemical processes at different electrode surfaces. The students will be knowledgeable on what happens when an aqueous medium is in the vicinity of the electrode surface and be able to describe the structure of an electrochemical cell.

Teaching Staff

Maria João Sottomayor (responsible)

Hours

21 h (5h lectures + 10h Problem-Solving + 6h Practicals)

Grading System

The lectures are detailed exposition of the content of the program, illustrated by study cases. Some topics will be discussed in the form of seminars prepared by the students. Audio-visual media are used to support the presentations. The practical classes are dedicated to the resolution of exercises and learn the concepts covered in lectures and to clarify doubts. 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.

The final grade (FG) is calculated according to:
FG = 0.50 x NT + 0.25 x NTP + 0.25 x NP

where

NT = average of the marks obtained on the tests
NTP = average of the marks obtained on written assignments and oral presentations
NP = average of the marks on the laboratory experiments (practical performance + reports)

The tests can be replaced by a final exam.