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CHEM6096 Advanced Physical Chemistry for Year 4 MChem with 1YP and Year 3 MChem with Maths or Medicinal Sciences

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The principles and techniques of modern physical chemistry are applied to the study of the gas/solid and liquid/solid interface. The observation of macroscopic behaviour is linked to processes on the molecular scale at the interface. Examples considered include applications in energy storage, pollution control and fuel cells.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology related to electrode kinetics, heterogenous catalysis and surface science, and reactions at interfaces
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical problems related to chemistry at interfaces
  • Develop an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with other related subjects including environmental impact, sustainability and climate change, in the context electrochemical energy conversion and storage
  • Read and engage with scientific literature

Syllabus

The course deals with the nature of surfaces, both real and ideal, the energetics of adsorption at surfaces and adsorption isotherms, and the charge distribution at the liquid/solid interface. The kinetics of reactions at interfaces, including the role of mass transport and applied potential on the overall kinetics are discussed. The role of microscopic structure of the interface in determining the rates of heterogeneous catalysts is discussed along with spectroscopic and scanning probe techniques for the characterisation of gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces on the molecular scale. Examples of applications to fuel cells, energy storage and conversion and heterogeneous catalysis are discussed in detail.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops

TypeHours
Follow-up work25
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Practical classes and workshops10
Revision10
Lecture24
Wider reading or practice51
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

P. H. Rieger. Electrochemistry. 

C. M. A. Brett and A. M. Oliveira Brett. Electrochemistry. Principles and Applications. 

Attard and Barnes. Surfaces. 

Southampton Electrochemistry Group. Instrumental Methods in Electrochemistry. 

D. Pletcher. A First Course in Electrode Processes. 

A. C. Fisher. Electrode Dynamics. 

J. O’M. Bockris and A. K. N. Reddy. Modern Electrochemistry. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (2.5 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (2.5 hours) 100%
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