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INP6075302, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1979, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 VITO DI NOTO CHIM/07

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Prerequisites: In order to follow this course it is necessary that the student has passed the following exams: (i) General and Inorganic Chemistry or Elements of Chemistry; (ii) General Physics II. The course of Electrochemistry is also recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: The course covers the main families of devices for the electrochemical conversion and storage of energy, including primary and secondary batteries, fuel cells, redox flow batteries and photovoltaic cells. The fundamentals of the electrochemical processes taking place at the electrodes are discussed, with a detailed analysis of the interplay between the thermodynamics, kinetics and electrochemistry of the various phenomena. The main properties of the electrolytes are also studied, with a particular reference to the conductivity and charge transfer mechanism. The materials science of the functional materials is covered in detail, highlighting the main physicochemical features and applicability of the various systems. The course is completed by the discussion of the main families of: (a) secondary batteries; (b) fuel cells, including PEMFCs, PAFCs, MCFCs and SOFCs; (c) redox flow batteries, comprising both conventional and hybrid systems; and (d) photovoltaic cells.
Examination methods: Two partial tests will be taken during the course. The first “in itinere” test will be taken at ca. half of the course; the second test will be taken at the end of the program. The students who do not pass both of these exams will have to take one final written exam.
Assessment criteria: The grade is gauged on the basis of the evaluation of the knowledge both of the fundamental aspects that characterize the subject and of the technological-industrial characteristics and applicability of the systems described during the course.
Course unit contents: Part I. Primary and secondary batteries: materials, methods and devices
• Solid Electrolytes: synthesis and properties.
• Conventional and innovative electrode materials: synthesis and properties.
• Methods for the structural and morphological characterization of materials.
• “Ex situ” and “in situ” electrochemical and electrical characterization techniques.
• Devices and figures of merit.
• Primary batteries: materials, devices and electrochemical processes.
• Secondary batteries: materials, devices and electrochemical processes.

Part II. Fuel cells and redox flow batteries
• Fuel cells: types and characteristics.
• Redox flow batteries: types and characteristics.
• Devices and figures of merit.
1. Electrolytes.
2. Electrocatalysts and electrode materials.
3. Methods for the structural and morphological characterization of materials.
4. “Ex situ” and “in situ” methods for the electrochemical and electrical characterization.
5. Membrane-electrode assemblies (MEA).
6. Single cells and stacks.

Part III. Photovoltaic cells: materials, methods and devices
• Conventional and innovative functional materials: synthesis and properties.
• “Ex situ” and “in situ” techniques for electrochemical and electrical characterization.
• Devices and figures of merit.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes. For additional information, the texts indicated below are recommended.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. O’Hayre, S. W. Cha, W. Colella, F. B. Printz, Fuel Cell Fundamentals, 2nd Edition. --: John Wiley & Sons, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Berndt, Maintenance-free batteries: A handbook of battery technology. --: Research Studies Pre, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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