Daniel T. Schwartz
CHEM E 461
Explores role of thermodynamics, charge transfer kinetics, and mass transfer on behavior of electrochemical systems. Includes cell thermodynamics, faradaic and non-faradaic rate processes, ionic transport, nucleation and growth theories. Applications to chemical sensors, batteries, corrosion, thin film deposition. In-class demonstrations to illustrate concepts.
Students can expect to learn about the fundamental basis for much of the electrochemical technology that surrounds them. This includes batteries and fuel cells, electrodeposited materials used in electronics and aerospace manufacturing, a wide class of environmental technologies, corrosion, and electrochromic materials used in smart windows and computer displays.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Each week has one lecture (1.5 hrs) and one laboratory (3 hrs) session. The lecture period is a small classroom format where students have many opportunities to interact with the instructor during the lecture. The laboratory allows students to gain hands-on experience with fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments outline the experimental studies that must be completed in each laboratory. Three different laboratory experiments are performed, with a report due for each.
3 written reports, one oral report, and one midterm exam.