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BJ02A1032 Solution and Electrochemistry, 5 cr 
Code BJ02A1032  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Solution and Electrochemistry  Abbreviation Solution and El 
Credits5 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesYes
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Eveliina Repo 

Description by Study Guide

First time in the academic year 2020-2021.

Suitable for distance learning.


M.Sc. (Tech.) 2



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Associate Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Eveliina Repo


Upon completion of the module, the student has a deeper understanding on solution and electrochemistry and the student is capable to
-evaluate the thermodynamic properties of electrolyte and nonelectrolyte solutions in the modern way.
- define central parts of electrochemical cells and electrochemical equipment
- define concepts and calculate electric potential, electric field, cell potential, null potential, electrochemical potential, and activity
- calculate Tafel slopes and reaction orders for multiple-step electrochemical reactions
- calculate liquid-junction and membrane potentials in simple cases
- analyze a given electrochemical cell or experiment
- describe the structure of the electrified interface
- give an overview of applications of electrochemistry.


Ideal, ideally dilute, and real solutions. Experimental methods for measuring the activity and osmotic coefficients in solutions. The Debye-Hückel theory for electrolyte solutions. Pitzer equations for real electrolyte solutions. Concepts and equations needed in and associated with the thermodynamic formulation of the surface. Surfaces in electrolyte solutions and electrical double layer. Electric potentials and fields. Conductivity and capacitance. Electrolysis cells and galvanic cells. Potential differences across Liquid junctions. Basics of electrochemical analysis. Electrochemical energy storage: Batteries and fuel cells. Electrodes and electrode reactions. Electrode kinetics: Current-voltage characteristics of charge-transfer reactions. Reaction order.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures 28 h, exercises 14 h, 1st period. Selfstudy 88 h. Total workload 130 h.

Suitability for doctoral studies (Yes/Leave empty) 


Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5 Moodle exams 70 %, exercises and homework 30 %.

Course Materials 

Lecture notes and problems solution manuals based on the for example on the following textbooks:
Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler. Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 11th Edition, 2017, Oxford University Press.
Kenneth Pitzer (edited), Activity Coefficients in Electrolyte Solutions, 2nd Edition, 2000, CRC Press, Boca Raton.


BJ01A3010 Kemiallinen termodynamiikka (Chemical Thermodynamics) or equivalent studies.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

Yes, max 10

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

Yes, max 5


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