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San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 24, 2009

Short Course #5
Basic Electrochemical Measurements
Bill Eggers, Instructor

The course is targeted at scientists and engineers who are tasked with using electrochemical techniques in a variety of application areas: fuel cells, capacitors and batteries, corrosion, physical electrochemistry, electrodeposition, and sensors. The course will take a look at the basics of electrochemistry, the instruments and cells used in performing the experiments, the techniques available, and the interpretation of results. The techniques discussed will include those used in voltammetry, corrosion measurement, impedance spectroscopy, pulse plating, and more. Tentative topics to be covered include:

  • an introduction to the basics of electrochemistry and the types of reactions under consideration;
  • a preliminary discussion of the application markets based on electrochemical processes such as fuel cells and electro-plating;
  • a look at electrode kinetics with a focus on the types of measurements necessary to determine reaction rates, understand diffusion processes, and analyze electrolytes for trace elements, etc.;
  • a consideration of cell design, including reference electrode types, proper selection of working and counter electrodes, heating/cooling, hydrodynamic control, and unusual cell conditions (grounded electrodes);
  • fundamentals of operation of instrumentation such as potentiostats/galvanostats, impedance analyzers, rotating electrodes, ring-disk assemblies; and
  • a review of the techniques used in a variety of electrochemistry applications, including basic interpretation of the results. These application areas include:
    • analytical voltammetry and polarography,
    • corrosion,
    • impedance spectroscopy,
    • fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors,
    • pulse plating, and
    • sensor development.

 

About the Instructor

Over the last 19 years, Bill Eggers has instructed in over 75 training sessions sponsored by Princeton Applied Research, having trained over 1,000 attendees in the art of performing electrochemical measurements for use in research, corrosion, and impedance application areas.

Additionally he has provided tutorial workshops at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers Conference (2005-2006), at the Advanced Capacitors Annual Forum (2005-2006), and at the International Seminar on Double Layer Capacitors (2005-2006). He was also an instructor for 17 years with the University of Virginia’s long standing short courses on Electrochemical Techniques for Corrosion Engineering and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy.

Bill has served in many marketing and technical capacities over his 19 years with PAR. He is currently the International Sales Manager. In his other prior roles, he has been responsible for the marketing of electrochemical instrumentation and the evaluation of electrochemical measurement technology into new application areas, like fuel cells and capacitors. Bill has been a past Meetings Secretary for ASTM’s Committee G-1, Corrosion of Metals, and has been a member of NACE since 1980. He has been a member of ECS for over 18 years.

For additional information about Education, please contact: education @electrochem.org

 
 

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