Pre-requisites: CHEM2012 AND CHEM2013
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- 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
- 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
- Be fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology related to electrode kinetics, heterogenous catalysis and surface science, and reactions at interfaces
- Read and engage with scientific literature
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
|Wider reading or practice||51|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Practical classes and workshops||10|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
J. O’M. Bockris and A. K. N. Reddy. Modern Electrochemistry. Plenum.
C. M. A. Brett and A. M. Oliveira Brett. Electrochemistry. Principles and Applications. OUP.
Attard and Barnes. Surfaces. OUP.
A. C. Fisher. Electrode Dynamics. OUP Chemistry Primers.
P. H. Rieger. Electrochemistry. Chapman & Hall.
D. Pletcher. A First Course in Electrode Processes. RSC.
Southampton Electrochemistry Group. Instrumental Methods in Electrochemistry. Ellis Horwood.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.