MT8104 - Electrolysis of Light Metals


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2017/2018

Course content

The course is given every second year, next time will be Autumn 2018.
The course includes fundamental theory for industrial electrowinning in molten salts, with special emphasis on aluminium.

- Phase diagrams.
- Electrolyte structure, thermodynamics.
- Physicochemical properties.
- Electrode reactions.
- Current efficiency.
- Metal solubility.
- Inert electrodes.

Learning outcome

The candiate should have a fundamental theoretical understanding of the principles for the production of aluminium molten salts electrolysis.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group discussions depending on the number of students.
Voluntary exercises.

Course materials

Parts of the following books and papers:
J. Thonstad, P. Fellner, G.M. Haarberg, J. Hives, H. Kvande and Å. Sterten: Aluminium Electrolysis.
Fundamentals of the Hall-Heroult Process, 3rd edition, Aluminium Verlag, Dusseldorf, 2001.
J. Thonstad: Aluminium Electrolysis, Electrolyte and Electrochemistry, in Advances in Molten Salt
Chemistry 6. ed. G. Mamantov, Elsevier 1987.

Also other papers or book chapters will be included.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMT5102 3.7
TMT5105 3.7
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English


Subject area(s)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


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