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Vienna, Austria | Sunday, October 4, 2009

Short Course #7
Electrodeposition Principles and Practice
Sudipta Roy, Giovanni Zangari, and guest lecturer Wolfgang Hansal

Course Description

Electrodeposition is a simple but powerful film deposition technique that is increasingly being used in the fabrication of materials systems and devices, and in many instances, by those who have limited formal preparation in the subject. This course will offer the opportunity to students and researchers alike to either be introduced to or to refresh the fundamentals of the subject. The approach will be rigorous but geared toward applications. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn practical aspects of this technology; in particular, lectures on the electrodeposition of noble and transition metals, nanomaterials, and pulse plating are included.

Four lectures in the morning session and four in the afternoon session are planned. There will be one invited lecture by an industrial practitioner on pulse plating. The plan of lectures is to develop fundamental concepts in the morning, and in the afternoon to demonstrate their relevance through practical applications.

  • Overview of Electrodeposition (S. Roy)
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics (S. Roy)
  • Mass Transfer (S. Roy)
  • Electrocrystallization and Microstructure (G. Zangari)
  • Electrodeposition of Noble Metals (S. Roy)
  • Electrodeposition of Hard or Magnetic Materials (G. Zangari)
  • Electrodeposition of Nanomaterials (G. Zangari)
  • Pulse Electrodeposition (W. Hansal)

Each lecture will be approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions and answers. The Course Notes will include 10 problems (with solutions), in order to enable students to understand the quantitative applications of the lectures.


About the Instructors

Sudipta Roy is Professor of Electrochemical Nanomaterials in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at Newcastle University. She was appointed to her first academic position in 1994. She has been delivering lectures on electrochemistry and electrodeposition to students from European universities and industry. She will discuss fundamental electrochemical aspects involved in electrodeposition and elaborate on how they can be brought together to electrodeposit precious metals. She may be reached at

Giovanni Zangari is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a member of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. He has taught applied electrochemistry and electrodeposition to graduate students in engineering and science since 1998, and has recently offered an ECS short course on the electrodeposition of magnetic materials. He brings a materials science perspective to electrodeposition technology, and he will discuss materials synthesis and microstructure/property control in electrochemical processes. He may be reached at

Wolfgang Hansal is the invited lecturer on this course. Dr. Hansal owns his own plating company (Happy Plating GmBH) in Austria and has delivered extensive lectures on pulse plating principles and practice. He has been sponsored by the regional government to organize a series of seminars on this subject at Vienna over the past three years.

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