Spring 2020 CHME elective: Electrochemistry: Basics & Applications

This course will replace CHME 468/568 Adsorption in the spring schedule.

Title: Electrochemistry: Basics and Applications

Significance and Purpose: Electrochemical devices can achieve the conversions between electricity and chemical energy. They are potential replacements for traditional fossil fuels to alleviate the energy crisis and environmental problems. The 2019 Noble Prize for Chemistry was awarded to three outstanding scientists for their pioneer research in Lithium Ion Battery.
Electrochemical devices include Lithium Ion Battery, Supercapacitor, Fuel Cell, Solar Cell and Electrolyzer, they are widely applied in electrical vehicles, electricity grid storages, smart windows and H2 productions. Even though they exist in different forms and have different working mechanisms, they all follow the electrochemical principles. This class will explain the principles in details, help the students understand the working/degradation mechanisms and how to grade/improve the device performances.

Course briefings:

  1. Electrochemical Basics:
  • Introduction and overview of electrochemical cells and processes
  • Potential and thermodynamics of cells
  • Kinetics 1: current and overpotential
  • Kinetics 2: electron transfer theory
  • Mass transfer by migration and diffusion
  • Electrodes, cells and instrumentation
  • Bulk electrolysis methods
  • Cyclic Voltammetry
  • Rotating disc voltammetry
  • Double layer structure and adsorption
  • Electroactive layers and modified electrodes
  1. Applications:
  • Lithium Ion Battery: mechanism, current development and problems
  • Electrolyzer: H2 production by water splitting at high and low temperature
  • Smart glass: electrochromic working mechanism, challenging
  • Solar cell and Fuel cell: working mechanism, testing methods and problems

Target Audience: graduate and undergraduate students

Prerequisite: CHME 201 (Energy balances & basic thermodynamics 2) is the prerequisite for CHME students. For non-CHME students, equivalent courses CHEM115/116 (Principles of Chemistry I/II) and MATH 191/192 (Calculus I/II) are pre-requisites.  However, a non-CHME student who doesn’t have the pre-requisite can still enroll in the course if he/she passes a pre-req test given in the first class.

Information: please contact Meng Zhou (office: Jett Hall 164, phone: 575-646-1516, email: mzhou@nmsu.edu(preferred))

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