Electrochemistry D, 10 p
Topic and Background
Among the four fundamental forces in nature, electromagnetism alone dictates the properties of
the chemical and biological systems that surround us. Accordingly, electrical forces control the
structures of atoms and molecules, their interactions in solids, liquids and gases, and the
reactions in which they participate.
Aim of the Course
The primary goal of this course is to provide a foundation in theoretical electrochemistry which
is sufficient for the understanding of many basic phenomena. Secondly, the course aims at
familiarizing the student with those electrochemical methods that are exploited in many
electroanalytical and technologically important applications. In such contexts, electrical
energy is transmitted directly to or from chemical systems by means of electrodes.
The theoretical section of the course will include:
Selected examples of the applications of electrochemical concepts in:
- The theory of electrolytes.
- The electrical properties of interfaces.
- Galvanic and electrolytic cells.
- Electrochemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms.
- Aspects of bioelectrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and electrochemistry at semiconductor and ultramicroelectrode surfaces.
The development and characterisation of new materials will be discussed and illustrated by relevant experiments.
- Chemical and biological sensors.
- Corroding systems.
- Batteries, fuel-cells, and solar-cells.
- Industrial processes.
Compulsory laboratory experiments are included in the course.
Course Dates 1998/99
- This is a biennial course. Next projected course period fall 1997.
- Chemistry AB, 40 p, or the equivalent.
Physicists without the required 40 p in basic chemistry courses can contact the responsible
lecturer for information on aquiring exemption from this requirement.
Other Advanced Level Courses in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
- Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy D, 10 p
- Analytical Chemistry C, 10 p
- Chromatography D, 10 p
- Environmental Analytical Chemistry D, 10 p
- Instrumentation for Analytical Chemistry D, 10 p
- Physical Chemistry C, 10 p, Biophysical chemistry
- Physical Chemistry - Towards Relaxation in Condensed Phases C, 3 p
- Process Analytical Chemistry D, 10 p
- Spectroscopy I - Light Spectroscopy C, 10 p
- Spectroscopy II - Nuclear Magnetic Resonace Spectroscopy C, 10 p
- Surface and Colloid chemistry C, 10 p
- Spectroscopy for Physicists C, 4 p
For more information, contact the principal teacher of the course, Dr. Michael Sharp, by clicking on the e-mail address
or by sending a traditional letter to:
Umeň University, Department of Chemistry, S-901 87 Umeň, Sweden.
You can also contact the Department of Chemistry by
Phone: int+46 90 7865238/7865173/7865262, or Fax: int+46 90 136310/167655
Department of Chemistry Home Page
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