The course begins with a general, basic foundation of electrochemistry and uses it to develop the theory and experimental approaches to electrochemical problems of a thermodynamic nature. It complements a sister course, “Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: Basic Theory and Kinetic Methods”, offered alternately by the same instructor. The two courses have different emphasis, and each is designed to be a stand-alone introduction to electrochemical fundamentals. If both courses are desired, they can be taken in either order.
- Introduction and Overview of Electrode Processes
- Chemical vs. Electrochemical Thermodynamics
- reference electrodes, standard potentials, cell potentials, Nernst equation, electrode-solution interface, and double-layer structure
- ion-selective electrodes, applications in analytical electrochemistry and sensors, aqueous and non-aqueous systems
- Chemical Stoichiometry vs. Faraday’s Law
- coulometry, bulk electrolysis
- Theoretical Basis for Methods
- surface tension, adsorption and adsorption isotherms, electrocapillarity, potential of zero charge, Lippmann equation
- potentiometry, differential capacity, coulometry, cyclic voltammetry, polarography
- Electrochemical Instrumentation
- voltmeters, ammeters, potentiostats, galvanostats, design of electrochemical cells
- Coupled Characterization Methods (time permitting)
- modified electrodes, spectroelectrochemistry, in-situ neutron scattering, surface analysis, etc.