A course for upper level undergraduates and early graduate students interested in the scientific challenges of electrochemical power sources. The lectures cover the fundamental electrochemistry and the thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode processes, with an emphasis on electroanalytical techniques and advanced electrochemical power sources, including batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors.
Chemical Engineering Laboratory (ENCH 437)
Application of chemical engineering processes and unit operation principles in small-scale semi-commercial equipment. Data from experimental observations are used to evaluate performance and efficiency of operations. Emphasis on correct presentation of results in report form.
Advanced Fuel Cells and Batteries (ENCH 808/ENPM 808)
Reducing or eliminating the dependency on petroleum is a major element of US energy research activities. Batteries are a key technology for today’s and tomorrow’s electronic devices, particularly electric hybrid vehicles. Fuel cells will be a key element in the probable hydrogen economy of the future, offering the potential to revolutionize current power technologies and solve the major energy security and environmental challenges that face the United States today. Fuel cells and batteries are in massive and rapidly growing demand as the power source for stationary systems, portable devices and electric vehicles. Fuel cells and batteries are efficient, vibration free, noiseless, environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional energy sources. The lecture will start from basic electrochemical thermodynamics and kinetics, with an emphasis on electrochemical techniques, fundamental principles of batteries and fuel cells, mass transport processes and performance of various battery and fuel cell technologies. Fuel cell and battery design, system integration, synthesis of electrode materials and catalysts will be presented. A survey of cutting-edge technologies for fuel cells and batteries will also be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to tour Dr. Wang’s Advanced Fuel Cell and Battery Lab in the chemistry building.