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Winter 2017
Instructor: Nate
Lewis, nslewis@caltech.edu
TA: Kimberly Papadantonakis, kimberly@caltech.edu
Office Hours: By
appointment, G131 Jorgensen
Textbook: Bard
& Faulkner, Electrochemical Methods,
2^{nd} Ed. ISBN: 9780471043720
The course
will consist of 19 lectures, four homework sets, three laboratory
assignments, and a final exam. The
lectures are available on video, and can be downloaded here.
The homework sets can be downloaded here. The course will also include two meetings to
discuss special topics. After each
homework assignment is due, solution sets will be posted here.
Safety training is required prior to participation in
lab sessions, and the dates and times safety training sessions are TBA,
tentatively during the week of Jan 9.
Additional materials (nobel lectures and papers, including Nicholson & Shain) are available here.
Homework Collaboration Policy: You may not consult any previous
solutions or any answers to problem sets from earlier years or any published
solutions you find for any of the assigned problems. Collaboration is allowed, but you must write
up the solutions by yourself and you must understand the answers that you
give. You may consult the course
lectures, notes, and text for the homework sets.
Homework Late Policy: Problem sets are due to the box
outside of 210A Noyes no later than 2:30 p.m. on the due date (unless otherwise
specified by the TA). For each partial
day that the homework is late, 25% will be subtracted from the final grade. In order to pass the course, all of the
homework and laboratory assignments must be turned in (even if they are so late
that no credit is given).
Tentative schedule:
Week of 
Lecture numbers and topics 
Reading in Bard & Faulkner, Chapters and
Topics 
Assignments and due dates 
Lab or Special Topic 
Jan 2 
1
Potentialcontrolled experiments 
1 Introduction and overview of electrode
processes 


Jan 9 
2
Potentialcontrolled experiments and Tafel/ButlerVolmer kinetics; 3 Tafel/ButlerVolmer (cont) and Fuel cells 
2.22.4 Potentials and selective
electrodes 3 Kinetics of electrode reactions 


Jan 16 
4 Fuel cells
(contd) 5 Potentiostats
and reference electrodes 
3 (contd) Kinetics of electrode reactions 15 Electrochemical Instrumentation 
PS 1
due Jan 18 
Lab: doublelayer capacitance, linearsweep
voltammetry, Tafel slopes 
Jan 23 
4 Mass transfer by migration and diffusion 9 Hydrodynamic methods 

Special topic: polarography; Jan 25 at 2:30 in 121 Beckman Institute. 

Jan 30 
9
Chronocoulometry 
5 Basic potential step methods 
PS 2
due Thursday, Feb 2 

Feb 6 
6 Potential sweep methods 

Lab: rotating disk electrodes 

Feb 13 
7 Polarography and pulse voltammetry 
PS 3
due Feb 15 


Feb 20 
10.110.4 Impedance techniques 
Labs 12 due
Feb 22 

Feb 27 
16, 17 Double layer
structure, microelectrodes and ultramicroelectrodes 
13 Doublelayer structure and adsorption 
Lab: cyclic voltammetry 

Mar 6 
18, 19 Marcus
theory, homogeneous and heterogeneous electron transfer 
12 Electrode reactions with coupled
homogeneous chemical reactions 18.2 Photoelectrochemistry at
semiconductors 
PS
4 due Mar 9 
Lab: cyclic voltammetry (contd) Special topic: semiconductor electrodes; Mar
9 at 2:30 in 216 Noyes. 
Mar 13 


Lab 3 due March
16 Final exam
due March 16 
