PhD Course *Applied Electrochemistry*

PhD Course ‘Applied Electrochemistry’
Course coordinators: Valerio Beni and Mikhail Vagin
Scope and Purpose
The goal of the course is to cover briefly the most important aspects of
electrochemistry. The main emphasis is on applications of electrochemical methods,
rather than fundamental electrochemistry.
Being one of the most powerful tools to assessment of a material function the
fundamental electrochemistry still has a gap with real demands of students and
researchers, which work in modern science and technology. Thus the objective of the
course is to provide a sound understanding of the fundamentals of electrode reactions
and of the principles of electrochemical methods, and to demonstrate their potential
for solving real-life problems.
The course is prepared for students and researchers from different backgrounds such
as material science, chemistry, physics and microelectronics. The lectures and the
discussion will give an insight in applications of electrochemical methodology.
Laboratory exercises will give a hands-on experience of real electrochemical
Duration of course: 3 months
Course schedule: March-April 2015
Course language: English
Course content: 11 lectures, 2 hours of each and 4 laboratory exercises, 2 hours of
Lecture topics:
Part I. Fundamentals
Introduction to Electrochemistry
Mass transfer
Electron transfer kinetics
Electrode potentials
Voltammetry I
Steady-state techniques
Part II. Preliminary topics (the content might be adjusted on a feedback from students)
1. Microelectrodes and Rotating Disk Electrode
2. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
3. Electroanalysis
4. Conductive polymers
5. Nanoelectrochemistry
6. Electrochemical Power (Electrochemical capacitors, photovoltaics, fuel
cells etc.)
Topics of practical trainings
Voltammetry I. Mass transfer (macro- and microelectrodes)
Voltammetry II. Voltammetry for the elucidation of reaction mechanisms
Impedance spectroscopy.
Course plan:
Number of lectures: 12, which will be given by teachers and the invited experts.
Duration of each lecture is 2 hours, which will be divided in 1 hour of lecture and 1
hour of discussion. The first part of the course is dedicated to fundamentals of
electrochemistry. The short test of understanding will be carried out at the end of the
first part. The schedule of topics of second part will be constructed after the
discussion with students based on their inquiries.
The teachers will send lecture materials of the course to each student prior the
lectures. The students will have to prepare questions and send them back to teacher
before the lecture as a feedback. Teacher and students will discuss all questions
during discussion hour of lecture.
Number of laboratory exercise: 3, which will be given by teacher during course period
in conjunction with delivered lectures. Duration of each exercise is 2 hours, which
will be divided in 1.5 hour of laboratory work and 30 minutes of discussion. The
teacher will send details of exercise to each student in advance. The students will have
to prepare questions and send them back to teacher before the exercise as a feedback.
Teacher and students will discuss all questions during discussion time.
Estimation of time (in hour/student)
Lectures: 12 x 2 = 24
Lecture preparation: 11 x 8 = 88
Practical exersices: 4 x 2 = 8
Practical exercise preparation: 3 x 8 = 24
Examination: 24
Total time: 168
Total credits
Target groups
PhD students from chemistry, physics and material science.
Examination and grading
Grading will be assessed on the attendance and active participation in discussions
Text and reference books
Electrochemical Science and Technology. K.B. Oldham, J.C. Myland, A.
Bond. Wiley 2012;
Electrode Dynamics. A.C. Fisher. Oxford University Press, 2009;
Electrode Potentials. R.G. Compton, G.H.W. Sanders. Oxford University
Press, 2009;
Electroanalysis. C.M.A. Brett, A.M.O. Brett. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Contact Persons
Dr. Valerio Beni
Dr. Mikhail Vagin
Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Researcher
Biosensors & Bioelectronics Centre
Dept. of Physics, Chemistry and
Dept. of Physics, Chemistry and
Biology (IFM), Linkoping University
Biology (IFM), Linkoping University
S-58183, Linkoping, Sweden
S-58183, Linkoping, Sweden
e-mail: [email protected]
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +46 (0)70 2753087
Phone +46 (0)13 286629