Lecture Notes Fall 2007; The goal is to approach electrochemistry from a chemical perspective instead of a diffusion/potential perspective common in most texts.

Material needs some revising particularly with respect to proton coupled reactions.

1. Introduction to the Language of Electrochemistry (Potentials and Diffusion)

2. Electrochemistry of Inorganic Complexes Used to Introduce Kinetics of Electron Transfer, E and EC systems

3. Electrochemistry of Aromatic Compounds Used to Introduce relation of formal potentials to HOMOs and LUMOs

4 Analytical Applications of Voltammetry Detectors: Stripping Analysis, Differential Pulse Voltammetry, Liquid Chromatographic EC detectors; Rat Brains

5. Effects of Solvents and Electrode Surfaces on Electrode Kinetics: ECi and modified electrodes

6. The EC square scheme; proton coupled reactions

7. Fundmentals of Charged Surfaces: Diffuse Double Layer, Zeta Potentials, Streaming Potentials; Capacitance; Electrophoretic Mobility; Solution Resistance

8. Electron Transfer Kinetics: Butler-Volmer; Marcus Theory; the meaning of the alpha parameter; Homogeneous vs Heterogeneous Electron Transfer; Cross Exchange Reactions

9. Electron Transfer in Proteins: Tunneling through protein backbone; heme electrochemistry to control concerted reactions

10. The Respiratory Chain Electrochemistry: Uses the concepts of HOMO/LUMO tuning; Electron Transfer tunneling; proton coupled reactions; charged surfaces (introduces membrane potentials)

11. Expanding on membrane potentials: diffusion or junction potentials; controlling ion fluxes; potentiometric devices

12. Amperiometric Sensors with Engineered selectivity: porphyrins, enzymes and DNA

13. Techniques for Reactions at Surfaces: Single Crystal Surfaces; Pourbaix Diagrams; Galvanostatic measurements; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; currvent-voltage curves

14. Photoelectrochemistry: Excited State Electron Transfer; Solar Cells; Photodegradation of Pollutants

15. Batteries: Lead Acid Battery and its analysis; Lithium Ion Batteries and its analysis

16. Fuel Cells: Reduction of oxygen; Oxidation of the Fuel; the membrane barrier This needs more work

17. Electrophoresis and Magnetohydrodynamics This too!

18. Iron oxides and rust: chemistry and analysis

19. Microbial Environmental Electrochemistry: combining bioelectrochemistry with iron oxides.

XX. Electrochemical Simulations

Fitch Book; pdf format by Chapter, all rights reserved

This is an old text from the 1990s I put together for an introductory class. A lot is out of date and, if rewritten, will follow the organization in the lecture notes from Fall 2007.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2. Inorganic Electrochemistry
Chapter 3. Organic Electroactive Groups
Chapter 4: Kinetic Effects in Organic Electrochemistry
Chapter 5: Analytical Organic Electrochemistry
Chapter 6: Photochemical Initiated Electron Cross Reactions
Chapter 7 Biological Electrochemistry
Chapter 8 Toward Molecular Electronics: Imitations of Nature
Chapter 9. Potentials: Fundamentals of Charge Separation
Chapter 10 Membrane Potentials
Chapter 11: Where to? Getting There from Here: Techniques
Chapter 12: Solving Complex Diffusion Problems: Digital Simulations

Answers to Selected Problems


Electrochemistry: Emphasis on Functional Groups