Maria Grzeszczuk, prof. dr hab.
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
1h X 15 weeks = 15 hours (1 semester)

Fundamentals of electrochemical kinetics and chemically modified electrodes in electrochemical systems Applications in electroanalysis


Lecture: Written exam or written essay providing an advanced description of problems closely related to subjects of the lecture, possibility of an additional oral exam.
Seminar: Power Point presentation on selected application of chemically modified electrodes in electroanalysis


Credit points gained for obligatory 1st and 2nd years’ courses: mathematics, physics, fundamental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry


Lecture Part 1: Electrochemical kinetics. Introduction to electrochemical kinetics. Fundamentals - terms, conventions. Electrochemical admittance/impedance concept. Electron transfer at electrodes - parameters, theoretical models. Theoretical predictions and experimental verifications. Electrical double layer of electrodes and its effect on electrode processes. Electrode processes at semiconductor electrodes. Chemical reactions coupled to electrode reactions. Ion transfer at electrodes. Adsorption on electrodes. Modified electrodes. Digital simulation of electrode processes.

Lecture Part 2: Chemically modified electrodes. Types of chemical modifiers. Methods of modifications. Fundamental structure, reactivity, transport properties of the layered modifiers. Self-assembled monolayers. Multilayers of polyelectrolytes. Electronically conducting polymers, ionically conducting polymers, redox polymers, metal oxides - selected fundamental electrochemical, electrical, optical properties. Composite electrodes: organic-inorganic systems, composites involving biological materials. Experimental methods to study modified electrodes in-situ (electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical methods, electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, electrochemical microscopy).

Seminar: Chemically modified electrodes in electroanalysis - representative examples

  • Topics of electrochemistry listed below in the Content section

  • Terminology, theory, fundamental properties, interactions and quantitative relations in between. Methods used for characterization of selected materials

  • Ability to analyze physical phenomena and chemical processes using adequate methods and software

  • Skills for solving of selected typical problems by using suitable calculus and software

  • Ability to analyze the problems and methods

  • Reporting on projects and results by adopting available informatics tools

  • Creating a scientific description of a specific problem

  • Ability to present basic electrochemistry with clarity

  • Ability to prepare essay and/or oral presentation concerning selected issues

  • Responsibility for a realization of a task determined by himself to interpret others'results

  • Ability to put his thoughts into practice