EECE 574 Electrochemical Engineering

This graduate-level course will introduce the fundamental science of electrochemical engineering and the application of the same for analyzing various electrochemical energy devices. The theoretical principles of prevailing electroanalytical techniques, charge transfer kinetics, and concentrated solution and porous electrode theories will be derived in a rigorous manner.

Sample Teaching Calendar from Spring 2021:

Class Date Lec # Topics Reading* Assignments
Jan 26 1 Introduction Ch 1
Jan 28 2 Electrode and cell potentials Ch 2 HW1 online
Feb 2 3 Nernst equation & Pourbaix diagram Ch 2
Feb 4 4 Debye-Huckel theory Ch 3
Feb 9 5 Chemical activity & Tafel equation & Butler-Volmer kinetics Ch 3
Feb 11 6 Electrical double layer structure Ch 4 HW2 online
Feb 16 7 Frumkin-Butler-Volmer kinetics

Microscopic electron transfer theory

Ch 4 HW1 due
Feb 18 8 Marcus-Hush-Chidsey kinetics & Transport Chs 4&5  
Feb 23 9 Steady state Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations Ch 5 HW3 online
Feb 25 10 Paradox of supporting electrolytes Ch 6 HW2 due
Mar 2 Wellness day, no lecture
Mar 4 11 Porous Electrodes Ch 6
Mar 9 12 Voltage-stepping technique, Cottrell equation Ch 6
Mar 11 13 Current-stepping technique, Sand’s equation Ch 7
Mar 16 14 Potential-sweeping technique, Current function I Ch 7  
Mar 18 15 Potential-sweeping technique, Current function II Ch 7 HW3 due
Mar 23 16 Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) I Ch 7
Mar 25 Exam 1 Chs 1-5
Mar 30 17 Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) II Ch 7 HW 4 online
Apr 1 18 Specialty electrodes for analytical experiments Notes
Apr 6 19 Ion intercalation electrodes I Notes
Apr 8 20 Ion intercalation dynamics II Notes  
Apr 13 21 Fuel cell basics I Ch 11 HW4 due
Apr 15 22 Fuel cell basics II  
Apr 20 Exam 2 Chs 6&7
Apr 22 23 Electrodeposition processes Ch11
Apr 27 24 Redox flow battery Ch 15  
Apr 29   Final project presentation review Reports and slides due
May 4   Presentation 10 min + 5 min

* Chapter numbers are based on Electrochemical Engineering by Fuller & Harb (Wiley 2018), as the primary reading material for this course.

Lecture videos from Spring 2021 (under construction)