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CHEM6149 Principles, Techniques and Energy Applications of Electrochemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce the concepts essential to the understanding of electrode reactions and to illustrate some applications of electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is a foundation stone for many exciting developments in, for example, chemistry, biology and materials and it is also central to many technologies essential to modern living.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of some of the important fundamental concepts used in electrochemistry
  • Be able to understand the use of electrochemical techniques/data analysis to obtain information on a redox system with regard to both mass transfer and electron transfer at an electrode interface.
  • Understand the practical importance of electrochemistry for solving challenges such as those faced in modern power sources


The syllabus, which is described in outline below, is aligned with the following QAA benchmark statements for chemistry at FHEQ Level 7 (Masters). (QAA3.3) to extend students' comprehension of key chemical concepts and so provide them with an in-depth understanding of specialised areas of chemistry; (QAA3.3) to develop in students the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems; (QAA3.3) to instill a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of the chemical science discipline; (QAA3.3) to prepare students effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the chemical sciences; (QAA5.4) the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems; (QAA7.5) knowledge base extends to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of topics which are informed by the forefront of the discipline; (QAA7.5) problems of an unfamiliar nature are tackled with appropriate methodology and taking into account the possible absence of complete data. Specific topics include: • An appreciation of the effects of the rate of Electron Transfer Reaction rate vs. mass transfer rates on the response of an electrode • Understand different techniques commonly used in electrochemistry. These would include microelectrodes, AC impedance, voltammetry and step techniques. • Considerations and Materials used for modern Power Sources

Special Features

This module provides a unique overview of the principles of electrochemistry and its application in analytical chemistry, sensors, and energy storage and conversion.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: Lectures, directed reading, workshops, Bb online support. Learning methods: Independent study, student motivated peer group study, student driven tutor support

Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Follow-up work58
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Linked modules

CHEM3039 or CHEM6096

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