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Chemistry 459/549 – Fall 2020

Electroanalytical Chemistry



          Dr. Kate M. Waldie,

          Office hours: By Appointment, via Webex


Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday 9:15-10:35 AM, via Webex


Course Website: via Canvas at


Textbooks: (Optional)

 1. Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition

          Allen J. Bard, Larry, R. Faulkner

 2. Electrochemistry, 2nd Edition

          Carl H. Hamann, Andrew Hamnett, Wolf Vielstich

 3. Laboratory Techniques in Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2nd Edition

          Peter T. Kissinger, William R. Heineman

 4. Analytical Electrochemistry, 3rd Edition

          Joseph Wang



This one-semester course serves as an introduction to the principles of electrochemistry and their application to studying redox systems. Topics will include potentiometry, chronoamperometry, voltammetry, hydrodynamic methods, bulk electrolysis, coupled chemical processes, and spectroelectrochemistry. Practical considerations for electrochemical experiments and specific examples of applications in the literature will also be covered. 


Course Format:

The grading for this course will be broken down as follows:

          Assignments              50 %

          Term Paper                35 %

          Presentation              15 %


Five problem sets will be throughout the course. Each problem set must be turned in at the start of lecture (9:15 AM) on its respective due date. You may collaborate with each other on the problems, but each student must independently write and turn in their own problem set.


The term paper for this course should be a critical review of one or more research articles in the field of electrochemistry. The term paper should include an introduction to the topic, a discussion of the electrochemical techniques and data analysis, your perspective on the significance of the article(s), and your critical evaluation of the works. The term paper may also include a discussion of unresolved issues and proposals for future research opportunities. The term paper should be concise: 8 pages maximum. At least one research article should be published in a major journal. Your article(s) selection for your term paper must be indicated on your 3rd problem set. The last week of class will be reserved for student presentations on the topic of your term paper. 

Course Schedule:

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