Short Course #4
Electrodeposition: Fundamentals and Applications to Energy Conversion Systems
Stanko Brankovic and Giovanni Zangari, Instructors
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Electrodeposition is increasingly being used in the fabrication of materials and devices, and most recently this technique has been successfully applied to the fabrication of various components in energy conversion systems. This course will offer the opportunity to students, researchers and practitioners with a variety of technical backgrounds to be introduced for the first time or to refresh their understanding of the fundamentals of the technique, as well as to gain a perspective of its potentials. In particular, in this course the attendees will gain practical knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the synthesis of catalysts for fuel cells, components for batteries, and thin film radiation absorbers for photovoltaic devices.
The course will be structured in two modules:
Fundamentals of electrodeposition
Thermodynamics and kinetics
Thin film formation: the art and science of controlling microstructure and morphology
Electrochemical engineering aspects
Electrodeposition for energy conversion devices
Recent techniques to control film formation down at the single atomic layer: Surface Limited Replacement Reaction and Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy
Electrodeposition of electrocatalyst materials
How to produce interpenetrating structures: application to batteries and supercapacitors
Thin film radiation absorbers for photovoltaic devices
About the Instructors
Stanko Brankovic is associate professor at the University of Houston. He joined the faculty in 2005 after spending four years in the Seagate Research Centre in Pittsburgh working on magnetic thin films, and two years at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he developed surface modification techniques for the synthesis of electrocatalytic materials. He is the authors of more than 40 archival journal articles and various patents on magnetic films and surface modification techniques.
Giovanni Zangari is currently a professor at the University of Virginia; he joined the faculty in 2002 after working as an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Alabama. His research is focused on the structure-properties correlation in magnetic films and on the fundamentals of alloy deposition. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, he has published more than 140 papers and holds 4 patents.