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SCN1037405, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1170, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ABDIRISAK AHMED ISSE CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.5 18 19.5 2
Lecture 4.5 36 76.5 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 20/01/2015 30/11/2020 AHMED ISSE ABDIRISAK (Presidente)
DURANTE CHRISTIAN (Membro Effettivo)
SANTI SAVERIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Physical chemistry 1, Industrial physical chemistry, Physical chemistry laboratory.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the student the working knowledge of the principles of electrochemistry. First, it introduces the basic concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode processes, and mass transfer phenomena of relevance to electrochemistry. Then it focuses on the applied aspects of electrochemistry, particularly conversion of electrical energy into chemical energy and vice versa, corrosion and its prevention, and industrial electrochemical processes. The course also aims to provide the student practical capabilities through laboratory exercises on some thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of electrochemical processes.
Examination methods: Analysis and discussion of the laboratory reports, and oral examination on the basic concepts taught.
Assessment criteria: The student’s preparation will be judged on the basis of the comprehension of the concepts taught and the laboratory reports.
Course unit contents: Review of thermodynamics of galvanic and electrolytic cells, electrodic and cell reactions, electric work and energy balance, electromotive force, Nernst equation, electrode potential, electrochemical series.
Galvanic cells, batteries and electrolysis cells: work and heat balance.
Primary and secondary electrochemical generators. Charging/discharging curve.
Common commercial galvanic cells and batteries. Fuel Cells.
Metal-metal and metal-solution interfaces; electric double layer.
Solution-solution interface and inter-liquid potential. Equivalent circuit for a galvanic cell.
Non-equilibrium electrochemical systems. Current-potential curve.
Polarization and overpotential. Activation overpotential; kinetics of heterogeneous electron transfer; transfer coefficient; exchange current; current-overpotential equation; Butler-Volmer equation; limiting cases of low and high overpotentials; Tafel equation.
Mechanisms of mass transfer and the fundamental laws governing them. Fick’s laws of diffusion and their applications in electrochemistry; diffusion overpotential: Nernst of model of diffusion layer; current-potential curve; limiting current. Rotating disk electrode; Levich equation; Cottrell equation; Mixed electron transfer-diffusion control.
Controlled potential techniques: chronoamperometry; linear scan and cyclic voltammetry: reversible, quasi-reversible and irreversible systems; effect of chemical reactions coupled with electron transfer(s); rotating disk electrode; Levich equation.
Brief description of the kinetics of multi-step electrode reactions. Hydrogen evolution reaction; electrocatalysis and volcano curve.
Electrolytic copper; chloro-alkali process; Hall-Herault process.
Corrosion: types of corrosion; electrochemistry of corrosion.
Pourbaix diagrams; equilibrium boundaries and predominance zones.
Corrosion kinetics; characteristic anodic and cathodic curves; Evans diagrams.
Passivation; corrosion of active/passive type metals.
Cathodic and anodic protection. Sacrificial anodes.

In addition, some laboratory experiments will be performed on the following topics:
Charging and discharging of batteries; kinetics of electron transfer processes; mass transfer in electrochemical processes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures using overhead projectors and laboratory exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All teaching materials will be made available to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • A. J. Bard; L. R. Faulkner, Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications. New York: Wiley & Sons, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Bianchi; F. Mazza, Corrosione e protezione dei metalli. Milano: Masson, 1979. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. H. Hamann, A. Hamnett, W. Vielstich, Electrochemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo

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