Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Organic energy materials

Overall Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to introduce various types of organic materials used in energy conversion and storage. Organic energy materials (OEMs) are a potentially inexpensive and sustainable alternative to their traditional counterparts that incorporate various metals. Through a combination of lectures with experimental and computational exercises, the students will learn about different types of electro- and photoactive OEMs and their applications in technologies such as solar cells, batteries, electrocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis. They will learn basic synthetic techniques to make such materials, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods to characterize them, and molecular modelling methods to calculate their properties. Finally, the students will be aware of the relative advantages and disadvantages of state-of-the-art OEMs as well as current challenges in their development and applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the molecular and electronic structure of organic materials
  • Explain the differences between different types of organic materials (polymers, crystals, covalent organic frameworks, liquids)
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using organic materials in energy technologies
  • Describe the electrochemical and photophysical processes occurring in organic energy materials
  • Describe the principles of selected sustainable energy technologies
  • Design appropriate materials for intended applications based on their physicochemical properties
  • Select and apply synthetic techniques to make organic materials
  • Apply and evaluate molecular simulation methods to calculate basic structural and electronic properties of organic materials
  • Select and apply electrochemical and spectroscopic methods to characterize materials’ properties
  • Compare and interpret the results of computer simulations and experimental characterization

Course Content

Molecular and electronic structure of precursors for organic materials. Chemistry and processing of various types of organic materials (polymers, crystals, covalent organic frameworks, liquids). Photophysical and electrochemical processes in organic materials. Experimental characterization of organic materials. Molecular modelling of organic materials. Organic photovoltaic materials for solar cells. Organic electrodes and electrolytes for batteries, including redox flow batteries. Organic photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, experimental and computational exercises.
Safety in the lab is part of the course.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 24.

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 47338
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Wed 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

Please note that this course has participants limitation. Read more