Course Coordinator: 
Julia Khusnutdinova
Inorganic Electrochemistry

In this course, students will learn basic principles of electrochemistry with a particular focus on redox behavior of transition metals including metalloproteins. Modern research in application of transition metal complexes for renewable energy storage and production will be highlighted and discussed in detail, including metal-catalyzed water oxidation, proton reduction and CO2 reduction processes. The course will provide practical training in voltammetric techniques and spectroelectrochemistry, and analysis and simulation of cyclic voltammetry data.

This course introduces basic principles of electrochemistry, and discusses modern research in the application of transition metal complexes in electrocatalysis for renewable energy storage and production.
Detailed Syllabus: 
  1. Basic aspects of electrochemistry
  2. Electrochemical instrumentation
  3. Cyclic voltammetry: Reversible, irreversible and quasireversible processes
  4. Cyclic voltammetry: Effect of coupled chemical reactions; Digital simulation of cyclic voltammograms
  5. Bulk electrolysis and pulsed voltammetric techniques
  6. Hydrodynamic techniques: application for studying reaction intermediates and mechanisms.
  7. Electrochemical behavior of transition metal complexes.
  8. Redox-active metalloproteins
  9. Redox-induced structural reorganization of metal complexes
  10. Electrocatalysis by transition metals for renewable energy production and storage: water splitting to O2 and H2
  11. Transition metal-catalyzed electroreduction of CO2 and dehydrogenation of formic acid and alcohols: application for hydrogen storage
  12. Immobilization of metal catalysts on electrode surface
  13. Photoelectrochemistry
  14. Application of electrochemical processes in chemical industry
Course Type: 
Laboratory reports: 25%; Homework: 25%; Presentation: 25%; Final exam: 25%
Text Book: 
“Inorganic Electrochemistry: Theory, Practice and Application”, Pierro Zanello (2003), RSC.
Reference Book: 
Original papers and review articles will be supplied as required.