TMT4253 - Electrochemical Process and Energy Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The basis for electrochemical energy technology and electrolysis processes. Relation to thermodynamics, electrode potentials and double layer. Electrode kinetics, charge transfer and electrocatalysis. Adsorption and reaction mechanisms. The hydrogen, oxygen, and chlorine electrodes. Introduction to electrochemical methods (potential steps and sweep voltammetry). Basic principles for energy and heat balances of electrochemical cells. Electrochemical processes: chlor alkali and chlorate electrolysis, metal production in aqueous solutions (Zn, Ni, Cu, Co). Theory for molten salts chemistry and electrochemistry, aluminium- and magnesium electrolysis.

Learning outcome

After completed the course the students should: - Understand the structure and properties of the electrochemical double layer. - Understand the electrocatalytic effect and influence of adsorption and heterogeneous reactions on kinetics for electrochemical processes. - Account for a selection of processes relevant within electrochemical energy conversion and industrial electrochemistry. - Figure out the capacitance, charge and surface tension from electrocapillary curves. - Put up rate expressions for an arbitrary reaction mechanism, including electrode processes where heterogeneous and homogeneous reactions are involved. - Understand and calculate current yield and current efficiencies for electrolysis processes. - Be able to put up mass and heat balances for industrial electrochemical processes. - Calculate activities in molten salts. - Understand the role of electrochemical processes in sustainable energy conversion.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Laboratory exercise. All learning material is in English. The lectures are given in English but lectures may be given in Norwegian oral language if only Norwegian speaking students are physically attending a specific lecture. The examination papers will be given in English only. Estimated use of time: Lectures. 60 hours. Exercises: 30 hours. Own studies: 85 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Mandatory exercises can be approved from earlier semesters if retaking the exam, contact the course responsible.

Course materials

Hamann, Vielstich, Hamnett; "Electrochemistry", 2nd edition, Wiley-VCH. Jomar Thonstad, Electrolysis processes, Compendium.

Selected parts from text books, articles, lecture notes, and exercises.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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