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Materials Science / Energy Science and Technology 143

Solid State Electrochemistry for Energy Storage and Conversion

Spring Quarter 2011

Instructor: Prof. Sossina M. Haile
    307 Steele Laboratories, x2958,

Organizational Meeting : Monday, March 30, 9-10am, 214 Steele

Class Meetings: MWF 9-10am, location: Annenberg 105

Teaching Assistant
: (updated 4/3/11)
    Chatr Panithipongwut, 305 Steele, x1760,

TA Office Hours:
    Wednesdays, 7-8 pm, 110 Steele
    Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, 110 Steele

Text: None required


Physical Ceramics: Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering, Y.-M. Chiang, D. P. Birnie III and W. D. Kingery, 1997, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-59873-2.

CRC Handbook of Solid State Electrochemistry, Editors: P.J. Gellings and H.J.M Bouwmeester, 1997, CRC Press, ISBN 0-8493-8956-9.

The Physical Chemistry of Ionic Materials: Ions and Electrons in Solids, Joachim Maier, 2004, Wiley, ISBN 0-470-87076-1.

Reserved Texts: (will be in SFL)

The three recommended textbooks, plus

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Mark E. Orazem and Bernard Tribollet, 2008, Wiley, ISBN 978-0470041406.

Course Structure:

Homework: 50% (Weekly)
Midterm Homework: 15% Apr 27 - May 3)
Final Exam: 35% (Jun 1 - 3)

Link to additional course content

All but the first lecture of this course have been recorded and are available for worldwide access through the above link for live streaming video. Selected lecture notes and course hand-outs are also available.


Students may take this course either Pass/Fail or for a letter grade. See the second page of the course syllabus for further information on the homework and exam policies.

Content Delivery

Lectures will be held in Annenberg 105, which is equipped for video recording. The intent is to record the lectures (instructor only) so that you may review them at your leisure. It is possible that some students may feel uncomfortable with this format and, if so, video recording will not be implemented. Please notify the registrar, Mary Morley, of any concerns by 5pm on Tuesday, March 29. In the absence of objections, all lectures except for the first, will be available through a website to be announced.

Link to streaming video of lectures and other additional course content.

Lecture Handouts/Presentations

Presuming there are no objections, all recorded lectures will be available here [link to be provided shortly]. Both windows and mac based computers can be used for viewing. Selected powerpoint supplements to lectures and handouts are posted below.

03/28/11 -- course syllabus; energy overview

Schedule Changes (last updated 3/28/11):

03/30/11 -- No lecture
03/31/11 -- Make-up lecture, view online recording from 2009
04/15/11 -- Make-up TBA
04/27/11 -- Make-up TBA
04/29/11 -- Make-up TBA
05/09/11 -- Make-up TBA
05/11/11 -- Make-up TBA
05/13/11 -- Make-up TBA

05/31/11 -- Possible optional review lecture, details TBD

Course Content:

Introduction to Electrochemical Energy Technologies

The Global Energy Landscape
Overview: Fuel Cells, Batteries, Sensors, Permeation Membranes

Solid State and Physical Chemistry Review

Crystalline Structure, Microstructure, Amorphous Structure
Gibbs Free Energy and Binary Phase Diagrams

Bulk Defect Chemistry

Point Defects, Kroeger-Vink Notation, Brouwer Diagrams

Internal Interfaces

Grain Boundaries; Secondary Phases

From Defects to Conductivity

Purely Ionic Conductors; Mixed Ionic / Electronic Conductors
Atomistics of charge transport (focusing on ionic transport)
Conductivity in Polymers


Electrochemical Equilibrium
Electrochemical Reactions

Measurement Techniques

Bulk Conductivities - electronic and ionic; grain boundaries.
-- as determined by: A.C. impedance spectroscopy; D.C. methods with blocking electrodes
Electrode Kinetics
-- A.C. and D.C. methods

Course Administration (subject to change with due notice):
  • Grading Policy (2nd page of course syllabus)
  • Homework #1. Due Friday, April 1, 4pm.
  • Homework #2. Due Friday, April 8, 5pm.
  • Midterm Homework Set - this will not be posted; only the instructions and some information will be available here; hard copy will be available outside Steele 307 as of 9 am, Friday, April 22. Due: April 29.
  • Final Exam - this will not be posted; only the instructions and some information will be available here; hard copy of exams will be available outside Steele 307 as of 10 am, Tuesday, May 31. Due: Jun 2.
  • Course Evaluation Form - online form

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