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Master SERP+ Programme - cohort 2020-2025

Electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage (6 ECTS)


The course gives an overview of electrochemical conversion and storage devices, dealing with advanced materials and technologies for rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, electrolysers, supercapacitors, dye-sensitised cells and electrolysis cells. Students are besides introduced to equivalent circuits analysis and electrochemical characterization techniques, with particular focus on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Within the course there are 4-5 assignments, for which the group collaboration is encouraged.


The purpose of the course is to provide the concepts of electrochemistry and the aspects of materials science constituting the basis of the most promising electrochemical systems for energy. At the end of the course the student will have acquired the theoretical knowledge on the structure and operating principle of each device, whether it be for conversion (spontaneous current flows - galvanic cells, photoelectrochemical cells - and forced - electrolysers) or for storage (secondary batteries, supercapacitors).


Etymology of electrochemistry. Basics of electrochemistry thermodynamics and kinetics. Basics of electrical circuits.

Recommended Books
  • J. Newman, K. E. Thomas-Alyea, “Electrochemical Systems”, John Wiley & Sons (Third Edition, 2004)
  • “High temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Fundamentals, design and applications”, Edited by: S.C. Singhal and K. Kendall, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, UK (2003)
  • J. Larminie and A. Dicks, “Fuel cell systems explained”, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., England (Second Edition, 2003)
  • R. A. Huggins, “Energy storage - Fundamentals, Materials and Applications”, Springer (Second Edition, 2016).

Research articles selected by the teacher.

Teaching Staff

Paola Carpanese

Antonio Barbucci


Lectures:  36 hours
Practical course: 12 hours

Study hours for the student: 102h

Grading System

Periodic problem assignments: 40 %
Final exam: 60