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Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE)

MATSE 506 Interfacial Electrochemical Processes (3) Survey of thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals of electrochemical processes at interfaces.

MATSE 506 Interfacial Electrochemical Processes (3)

This course will introduce students to the thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals of interfacial electrochemical processes, with emphasis on the atomic/molecular level. The course will begin with a review of relevant concepts from electrochernical thermodynamics and charge transfer theory and will progress to the application of these fundamental concepts to describe reaction mechanisms, mass transfer, and other important phenomena, such as passivity and passivity breakdown. These processes will be described analytically, by solving the appropriate equations subject to the relevant natural laws (e.g., conservation of mass and charge and Faraday’s Law). The course will also emphasize the flexibility of analyzing electrochemical phenomena in different spaces, including temporal space and Laplace and Fourier frequency spaces, and will show how it is possible to transform between these various spaces to provide the most advantageous medium for mechanistic analysis. The mechanisms of actual charge transfer reactions will be analyzed, including the hydrogen electrode reaction and the oxygen electrode reaction to illustrate important concepts in mechanistic analysis, including the existence of adsorbed intermediates and pseudo-capacitance, the inhomogeneity of surface adsorption sites, surface structure, and quantum mechanical aspects of charge transfer (“partial” charge transfer).
No prerequisites are specified, because the course begins with the very basics of electrochemistry. Furthermore, all of the students who would take this course have a background in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or engineering science and mechanics. Specification of prerequisites would only discourage enrollment. This course (with a 597 designation) has been taught several times in the past and no problems with the lack of prerequisites have been experienced.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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