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ECS Short Courses

Las Vegas, NV | Sunday, October 10, 2010

Short Course #3
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
James J. NoŽl, Instructor

This course is suited to people with a physical sciences background who have not been trained as electrochemists, but who want to add electrochemical methods to their repertoire of research approaches.  There are many fields in which researchers originally approach their work from another discipline but then discover that it would be advantageous to understand and use some electrochemical methods to complement the other work that they are doing. The course will cover the following areas.

  1. Introduction and Overview of Electrode Processes
  1. Chemical vs. Electrochemical Thermodynamics
    1. cell potentials, Nernst equation, electrode-solution interface, double-Layer structure, and adsorption
    2. applications in analytical electrochemistry and sensors
  1. Chemical Stoichiometry vs. Faraday’s Law
    1. coulometry, bulk electrolysis
  1. Chemical vs. Electrochemical Kinetics
    1. electrode reactions, rates, mechanisms and rate constants, mass transport, Butler-Volmer, Tafel, and Levich equations
  1. Kinetic Methodology
    1. potential step and sweep methods, polarography, controlled-current techniques, controlled mass transport approaches, rotating electrodes, microelectrodes, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  1. Electrochemical Instrumentation
    1. voltmeters, potentiostats, cells
  1. Scanning Probe Techniques
    1. scanning electrochemical microscopy, AFM, etc.
  1. Coupled Characterization Methods
    1. modified electrodes, spectroelectrochemistry, in-situ neutron scattering, surface analysis, etc.


About the Instructor

Jamie NoŽl is an electrochemist and corrosion scientist. He obtained his BSc (1987) and MSc (1990) degrees from the University of Guelph under supervision of Dr. Jacek Lipkowski. He then worked on corrosion issues in the nuclear industry while employed by Ontario Hydro Research and later Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Concurrent with his work at AECL, he earned his PhD (2000) through the University of Manitoba with David Shoesmith.

Prof. NoŽl joined the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1998 as a research scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. He assists professors David Shoesmith and Clara Wren in training and directing students, carrying out fundamental and applied electrochemistry research projects, and teaching electrochemistry at the graduate level. He uses electrochemical and other surface analytical techniques to study the corrosion of nuclear reactor components and nuclear waste management systems materials, including carbon steel, titanium, zirconium, copper, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, and the uranium dioxide fuel itself. He continues to refine techniques that combine electrochemical measurements with neutron-based materials science techniques.

Dr. NoŽl won the Lash Miller Award of the ECS Canadian Section in 2003. He is an active participant in public science outreach activities, developing and presenting chemistry demonstrations for potential young scientists from preschool to high school ages. He has published over 50 journal articles, 30 conference proceedings papers, 2 book chapters, and 10 company reports.

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