Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Functional Materials MSc

Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future 4M CHEM5056

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the applications of electrochemistry in a variety of contexts of relevance to sustainable chemical processes, including water purification, metal extraction, and energy storage and conversion.


18 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials to be arranged

Requirements of Entry

Admission to the MSc degree programmes in Advanced Functional Materials, or the MEng degree programme in Energy and Sustainability.

Excluded Courses





90 minute written examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide students with critical insight and understanding of electrochemical methods from their use in chemical reactions and catalysis to energy storage and conversion.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Understand the concepts of electrochemical potential and electrochemical processes such as bulk electrolysis and cyclic voltammetry.

2. Recall concepts, design strategies and material properties of fuel cells.

3. Explain the importance of electrocatalytic processes to meet future energy demands and the environmental and societal implications.

4. Describe and evaluate the concepts of state-of-the-art battery technologies and their role in the energy market.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.