Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Electrochemical engineering

ChE-407

Lecturer(s) :

Boghossian Ardemis

Language:

English

Summary

This course builds upon the underlying theory in thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and transport and applies these methods to electrosynthesis, fuel cell, and battery applications. Special focus is placed on addressing current challenges in state-of-the-art energy storage and conversion devices.

Content

Thermodynamics:

Kinetics:

Transport:

At the end of the course, students are expected to provide an in-depth analysis of electrochemical device operation, including a thermodynamic assessment of efficiencies as well as quantitative characterization of kinetic and transport limitations. The course includes a term project, where the students will apply these fundamental principles to provide a critical analysis of one of today's leading energy technologies by identifying a key limitation in the technology and comparing recent engineering endeavors in addressing the limitation.

Keywords

Butler-Volmer model; Marcus model; Gerischer theory; rotating disk electrode; fuel cells; water-splitting (artificial photosynthesis); electrosynthesis; rechargeable battery 

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

chemical thermodynamics (CH-241 or similar), transport phenomena (ChE-301 or similar), chemical kinetics (CH-342 or similar) 

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Expected student activities

Specific activities include:

 

 

Assessment methods

Mid-term Exam: 30%

Final Exam: 50%

Group Project: 15%

Participation: 5%

Exercises are assigned on a weekly basis. Exercises are not graded, though they form the basis of the exams. Group projects are graded based on a team presentation given towards the end of the term. Students are expected to participate in exercise problems and discussions during lectures, as well as discussions during student presentations.

 

Supervision

Assistants Yes

Resources

Moodle Link

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9    GRC001
9-10    
10-11    GRC001
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German