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Course, academic year 2020/2021
Electrochemistry - N403008
Title: Elektrochemie
Guaranteed by: Department of Physical Chemistry (403)
Actual: from 2020
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: M403006
For type:  
Additional information: http://RNDr. J. Ludvík, CSc.
Guarantor: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc.
Is interchangeable with: M403006, AM403006
Annotation -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (22.08.2018)
In the first five lectures the students are familiarized with the fundamentals of electrochemistry as a specific approach to investigation of redox reactions at the electrode from thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanistic point of view. At that occasion important concepts, relationships and contexts will be clarified. In the second part the detailed overview of all main electrochemical techniques and electroanalytical methods will follow together with explanation of their principle and with description of their application possibilities in various areas of chemistry. Qualitative evaluation of the obtained data and the interpretation of results is also an important part of the course.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (22.08.2018)

Students will be able to:

  • understand the fundamental principles of electrochemical and electroanalytical methods
  • gain knowledge of their possibilities and applications in various branches of chemistry (org., inorg., phys., anal., theor., biochem.,...).
  • based on the theoretical backgrounds, the students will be able to to master experiments, to control instrumentation, to acquire esxperimental data and to make the first interpretation.
Literature -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (22.08.2018)

R: Bard A.J., Faulkner L.R., Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley, 1980, 9780471055426

R: Koryta J., Dvořák J., Elektrochemie, Academia, Praha, 1983,

R: Heyrovský J., Kůta J., Základy polarografie, Nakl. Československé akademie věd, Praha, 1962

A: Sawyer D.T, Sobkowiak A., Roberts J.L.: Electrochemistry for Chemists, Wiley 1995, 9780471594680

A: Wang, J.: Analytical Electrochemistry Wiley, 20069780471678793

A: Mindl, J.: Základy elektroorganické chemie, Academia, 2000.

Learning resources -
Last update: TAJ403 (30.08.2013)


Syllabus -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (23.08.2018)

1. Introduction, principles of electrochemistry, types of acquired information (reversible/irreversible oxidation and reduction, relationship to HOMO and LUMO)

2. General terms and their meaning (Electrodes of 1st and 2nd type, redox, electrolyte, anode, cathode, el. circuit, electrochem. cell, two- and three electrode system)

3. Non-faradaic processes (Electrode polarization, charging current, electric double-layer, adsorption, diffusion layer, electrocapillarity, experimental responses)

4. Faradaic processes (spontaneous, forced, transport-controlled electrochemical reactions, convection, migration, diffusion, Fick´s laws)

5. Nernst equation and its relevance (Equilibrium, reversibility, electromotoric power, principle of reference electrodes, equation describing reversible i-E curve)

6. Kinetic control of electrochemical reactions (Two types: homogeneous and heterogeneous, irreversibility and influence of antecedent and follow-up reactions)

7. Electrode kinetics (overpotential, exchange current, alpha-coeficient, Butler-Volmer equation and its relevance, Tafel plot and equation)

8. Types of electrochemical experiments and techniques, nomenclature, applications

9. Potentiostatic techniques with potential step (Cottrell equation, diffusion to planar and spheric electrodes, microelectrodes, chronoamperometry)

10. Potentiostatic techniques based on steady state (J. Heyrovský, development of polarography, mercury electrodes, rotating disk and ring electrodes)

11. Pulse analytical methods, NPP, DPP and their evaluation

12. Potentiostatic techniques based on transient state – potentiodynamic methods (LSV, cyclic voltammetry, interpretation of responses, diagnostic criteria)

13. Galvanostatic methods, Sand´ s equation

14. Electrochemical techniques based on bulk electrolysis (potentiostatic vs. galvanostatic preparative electrolyses, coulometry, electrolytic cells)

15. Anodic and adsorptive stripping analysis

16. AC-techniques and Faradaic impedance

17. Combination of electrochemistry with other physicochemical methods (UV-vis-IR-EPR spectroelectrochemistry, photo- and sono-electrochemistry, electrochemiluminescence)

Entry requirements -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (23.08.2018)

fundamental knowledge of physical and general chemistry

Registration requirements -
Last update: Ludvík Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (23.08.2018)

fundamental knowledge of physical and general chemistry

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 0,5 14
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 2 56
Účast na seminářích 0,5 14
4 / 4 112 / 112
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Regular attendance 10
Oral examination 90