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ECS Short Courses

Toronto, ON, Canada | Sunday, May 12, 2013

Short Course #3
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: Basic Theory and Thermodynamic Methods
Jamie Noël, Instructor

Please visit the Toronto meeting page for registration information. Early-Bird Registration rates are in effect until April 12, 2013. See a list of all Short courses offered at the Toronto meeting.

This course covers the basic theory and application of electrochemical science. It is targeted toward people with a physical sciences or engineering background who have not been trained as electrochemists, but who want to add electrochemical methods to their repertoire of research approaches. There are many fields in which researchers originally approach their work from another discipline but then discover that it would be advantageous to understand and use some electrochemical methods to complement the work that they are doing.

The course has been fully revised to include more practical examples and a more manageable volume of material. It complements a revised sister course, “Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: Basic Theory and Kinetic Methods”, to be offered by the same instructor at the ECS fall meeting. The two courses have different emphasis, and each is designed to be a stand-alone introduction to electrochemical fundamentals. If both courses are desired, they can be taken in either order.

  1. Introduction and Overview of Electrode Processes
  2. Chemical vs. Electrochemical Thermodynamics
    • reference electrodes, standard potentials,cell potentials, Nernst equation, electrode-solution interface, and double-layer structure
    • ion-selective electrodes, applications in analytical electrochemistry and sensors, aqueous and non-aqueous systems
  3. Chemical Stoichiometry vs. Faraday’s Law
    • coulometry, bulk electrolysis
  4. Theoretical Basis for Methods
    • surface tension, adsorption and adsorption isotherms, electrocapillarity, potential of zero charge, Lippmann equation
  5. Methodology
    • potentiometry, differential capacity, coulometry, cyclic voltammetry, polarography,
  6. Electrochemical Instrumentation
    • voltmeters, ammeters, potentiostats, galvanostats, design of electrochemical cells
  7. Coupled Characterization Methods (time permitting)
    • modified electrodes, spectroelectrochemistry, in-situ neutron scattering, surface analysis, etc.


About the Instructor

Jamie Noël is an electrochemist and corrosion scientist. He obtained his BSc (1987) and MSc (1990) degrees from the University of Guelph under supervision of Dr. Jacek Lipkowski. He then worked on corrosion issues in the nuclear industry while employed by Ontario Hydro Research and later Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Concurrent with his work at AECL, he earned his PhD (2000) through the University of Manitoba with David Shoesmith. Jamie joined the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1998 as a research scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. He assists professors David Shoesmith and Clara Wren in training and directing students, carrying out fundamental and applied electrochemistry research projects, and teaching electrochemistry at the graduate level. He uses electrochemical and other surface analytical techniques to study the corrosion of nuclear reactor components and nuclear waste management systems materials, including carbon steel, titanium, zirconium, copper, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, and the uranium dioxide fuel itself. He continues to refine techniques that combine electrochemical measurements with neutron-based materials science techniques. Dr. Noël won the Lash Miller Award of the ECS Canadian Section in 2003. He is an active participant in public science outreach activities, developing and presenting chemistry demonstrations for potential young scientists from preschool to high school ages. He has authored over 50 journal articles, 45 conference proceedings papers, 2 book chapters, and 11 company reports.

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