Objectives of this course is to study the physicochemistry of electronic transfers at electrode/ electrolyte interfaces and concepts of electrochemical engineering. A large part of the course will be based on a concrete example of an industrial effluent treatment process. This course is mainly conducted in the form of problem-based learning, in group work, with individual evaluation at the end of the project.
Butler-Volmer model, fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis, battery
This course will be presented in the form of a case study to address the following concepts:
- Electrochemical thermodynamics: Spontaneous and non-spontaneous redox reactions. Maximum and minumum voltages for galvanic and electrolytic systems.
- Electrochemical kinetics: Butler-Volmer model with and without transport limitations. Tafel plot analysis. Linear and cyclic voltammetry.
- Transport / Fluidic: Diffusion, migration, and convection of electroactive species in different systems.
- Electrochemical reactors: Architecture, characterization and scaling.
- Differentiate between galvanic and electrolytic reactions.
- Determine electrochemical thermodynamic efficiency and voltage of a redox system.
- Determine key kinetic models used to characterize electrochemical devices.
- Design electrodes and operating conditions with favorable performance for specific applications.