Objective: Students learn to judge when to apply electrochemistry to specific research questions or problems. They will be able to assess which electrochemical parameters are relevant for each process and acquire skills to critically evaluate the literature.
Contents: Revision of thermodynamics, kinetics, double layer, mass transport, and electroanalytical methods. Modelling electrocatalytic processes. Biological catalysts for electrocatalytic syntheses. Redox films as protection matrices for redox catalysts. Electrosyntheses of fine chemicals. Electrocatalysis for H2 evolution, CO2 reduction, and water oxidation. Electrode fabrication (drop coating, solid state, bipolar plates, press, spraying, „Linking“) and material requirements. Reactor design (one/two-compartment, high pressure, differential pressure cells, gas diffusion electrodes, microreactors). Membranes in electrochemical cells.
The course includes two practical exercises: 1. bioelectrochemistry/molecular electrochemistry + modelling; 2. electrode fabrication – test for H2 evolution.