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Tutorial EE9: Electrochemical Interfaces—Fundamentals and Applications

Monday, March 28, 2016
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 125 B
Part I: Electrode/Liquid Electrolyte Interfaces and Application Examples
The basic concepts of electrochemical interfaces in liquid electrolytes were covered, including a general overview of electrochemistry concepts, electrode kinetics, electrochemical double layer and electrocatalysis. This segment also introduced electrochemical interface-related application examples, including fuel cells and hydrogen production (hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution) in acidic and alkaline systems. The synthesis and characterization of nanostructured electrocatalysts were also discussed.

Part II: Electrode/Polymer Electrolyte Interfaces and Application Examples
The electrochemical interfaces in contact with polymer electrolytes were covered, including ionomer-electrode interface, ionomer thin film on substrates, ionomer influence on electrocatalysis (ionomers can be both acidic ones and alkaline ionomers), etc. Diagnostics, formation and modeling of these interfaces were introduced. Application examples included fuel cells, flow batteries, and solar-fuel generators.

  • Nenad M. Markovic, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Adam Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory