Courses Offered

Special Topics in Electrochemistry

CBE 691 (Graduate), CBE 494 (Undergrad)

During the Spring 2013 semester, we will explore topics that "put the chemistry in electrochemistry." The course is designed to explore important topics that are not covered sufficiently in other texts or courses. Some topics to be studied include:

1. Pourbaix diagrams and electrochemistry of inorganic and organometallic complexes.

2. Cyclic voltammetry: going from basics to cases including complex kinetics or coupled reactions, using experiments and simulation.

3. Non-aqueous solvents in electrochemistry.

4. Organic electrochemistry

5. Spectro-electrochemistry (and possibly other "hyphenated" techniques).

6. Electrochemistry at ultramicroelectrodes.

The course will consist of some lead lectures and discussion by Dr. Z. and perhaps guest lecturers combined with extensive work with the literature and hands-on simulation by the students. Course participants will carry out the majority of presentations and work.

Since the background of students expected to take this is highly varied, topical "catch-up" tutorials in small groups will be scheduled as needed to ensure sufficient background for more junior-level students who have not had electrochemistry. However, this will entail substantial extra work by the students.

Expected outputs from all authorized participants will range from topical presentations, papers, case studies using simulation and possibly tutorial module development for best practices and method deployment. Much of this will be done in groups.

Enrollment will be limited in number and is restricted to those with heavy research involvement in experimental electrochemistry, including hands-on experience.

Application of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Thermodynamics

CBE 250 (Undergraduate, 4 Credit Hours)

This course is focused on the basic concepts related to engineering applications of thermodynamics to the chemical and biomolecular industries; emphasis on flow processes, real gases and liquids, protein synthesis and hydration, estimation of physical properties, phase equilibria of industrial chemical and pharmaceutical processes, and chemical reaction equilibria including biomolecular applications.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 231. Corequisite: Mathematics 241.