Single-Course English 5 ECTS


Overall Course Objectives

To give the students knowledge of the principles and main applications of modern electrochemistry in a way that is accessible to all with a foundation in physical sciences, not solely to chemists.
Through a series of lectures, group work, simulation and laboratory exercises, the students will learn about the basic principles of electrochemical reactions; some of the most commonly used transient and steady-state electrochemical methods, electrode polarization, and core electrochemical topics such as corrosion, electrodeposition, electrosynthesis/electrolysis, and electrochemical power sources will be covered.

Learning Objectives

  • Give an overview of modern electrochemical terms and concepts
  • Describe the fundamentals of an electrochemical cell
  • Analyze and quantify cell and electrode polarizations in an electrochemical cell
  • Determine current efficiency of electrosynthesis/electrolysis processes
  • Describe the kinetics of electrochemical reactions
  • Critically select appropriate electrochemical characterization techniques for investigation of specific properties of electrochemical cells
  • Plan and perform electrochemical experiments (transient dc techniques, techniques relying on the use of periodic signals)
  • Analyze collected data from electrochemical experiments
  • Critically assess sources of error and uncertainties in experimental work and results
  • Understand the principles of working safely in the laboratory

Course Content

Introduction to electricity, charge carriers, conductivity, electrical circuits. Basic chemical concepts: activities, driving force, kinetics and ionic solutions. Principles of electrochemical cells, electrosynthesis, interfaces in electrochemical cells, electrical double layers, factors controlling electrode potentials. electrode reactions, Faraday’s law, kinetics, single and multi-step processes, transport processes, electrode and cell polarization, corrosion, electrodeposition, electrosynthesis/electrolysis, and electrochemical power sources. Two- and three-electrode cells. Steady state and transient voltammetry. Electrochemistry with periodic signals (e.g. electrochemical impedance, pulse voltammetry).

Recommended prerequisites

26201/10018, Bachelor in Chemistry and Technology, Physics and Nanotechnology, General Engineering (Advanced Materials and Future Energy), Mechanical Engineering or similar bachelor programme.

Teaching Method

Lectures, problem solving, laboratory exercises
Safety in the lab is part of the course
The course will be evaluated during the course period


For PhD students, it will be possible to adjust the course to enable registration as a PhD special course. Contact the course responsible for more information (at least a week) before the start of the course.
If you wish to proceed with further studies of electrochemistry and more advanced electrochemical methods, you can continue with course 47514, Advanced electrochemistry.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 48.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

See course in the course database.





13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 47305
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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