Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

General- and Electrochemistry

Overall Course Objectives

The student should obtain a detailed understanding of important subjects within general chemistry and electrochemistry. It is a goal, that the student should be able to solve problems in theoretical and experimental situations such as titration, measurement of electrode potentials using reference electrodes, measurement of ion concentrations and pH measurements. Thereby, the student should be able to understand the processes in many batteries and in many electrodes used for medical purposes.

Learning Objectives

  • demonstrate a detailed chemical and physical understanding of the entire curriculum.
  • explain the theory using derivations and figures and calculate relevant quantities.
  • understand the basic structure of an atom, electron energy levels related to the periodic system, bonding types and basic crystallography.
  • understand basic electrophysical concepts and quantities like work, heat, energy, enthalpy, Gibbs free energy and chemical potential.
  • understand acid-base equilibrium and calculate on such systems.
  • understand the processes in selected electrochemical cells.
  • understand the division into half cells and measurements of electrode potentials using reference electrodes.
  • understand how to measure ion-concentrations and pH.

Course Content

Atomic nucleus, nuclear reactions, radioactive decay, fission, fusion.
Electron cloud, electron energy levels, transition between energy levels, atomic line spectrum, the Aufbau principle (Pauli and Hunds rules), electron orbital shapes.
Covalent bondings, how electron orbitals combines to molecular orbitals, hybridization, classical examples from inorganic and organic molecules, sigma- and pi-bondings.
Ionic bondings, coordination figures and related structures, hydrogen bondings, van der Waals bonding.
Basic crystallography, crystal systems, Bravais lattice, Miller indices, atomic density, symmetry operations, metal structures.
Basic physical chemistry, energy, heat, work, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy, chemical potential, equilibrium, equilibrium constant, solubility product, le Chatelier’s principle, heat of reaction, heat capacity, ideal- and non-ideal solutions, concentration, molarity, partial pressure, activity coefficients, phase diagrams.
Acid-base equilibrium, calculation of pH, combined equilibria, polyprotic acids, strong acids, weak acids, titrations.
Electrochemistry, the Daniel cell, how the different ions move inside the cell and inside a salt bridge during charging and discharging, concentration gradients, cell potential relative to the loss in Gibbs free energy, Nernst equation, dividing into half cells, calculation and measurement of potentials for half cells, combining half cells, concentration dependence of the cell potential.

Recommended prerequisites

62773, 62773 Electrophysics 1 (not a mandatory prerequisite, you can easily take the course without having had Electrophysics 1)

Teaching Method

The course has attendance classes every morning. The students perform small written tests without aids. Then small lectures and small tasks.
Preparation of tests and oral exams as well as completion of assignments can be done in the afternoon, either independently at home or in small groups on campus.
The exam is conducted on campus.
It is expected that there will be approx. 135 hours of work all inclusive during the 3 weeks.


Subject group: Electrical Energy
Elective course: Electrical Energy Technology (requires permission from head of study)
Elective course: Electrical technology (requires permission from head of study)
Elective course: Health technology (pre-approved as an elective course, meritorious for further studies within Medicine and Technology at DTU – Lyngby)
The course is held in Danish.

The course provides a scientific understanding of the principles used in other (subsequent) courses within medical equipment and analysis as well as (subsequent) courses within storage of electrical energy.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 40.

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.





3 weeks


Engineering Technology


DTU Ballerup Campus

Course code 62748
Course type Graduate Engineer
Semester start Week 28
Semester end Week 30
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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