Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1 hour / session, 3 sessions / week


10.50 Analysis of Transport Phenomena

Course Description

This course introduces principles and mathematical models of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Students study equivalent circuits, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, electrostatics, porous media, and phase transformations. In addition, this course includes applications to batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and electrokinetics.


Required readings will include selected lecture notes from previous semesters of the course, as well as research articles, and chapters from the following textbooks:

Amazon logo Newman, John, and Karen E. Thomas-Alyea. Electrochemical Systems. 3rd ed. Wiley-Interscience, 2004. ISBN: 9780471477563. [Preview with Google Books]

Amazon logo Bard, Allen J., and Larry R. Faulkner. Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications. 2nd ed. Wiley, 2000. ISBN: 9780471043720.

Amazon logo O' Hayre, Ryan, Suk-Won Cha, et al. Fuel Cell Fundamentals. 2nd ed. Wiley, 2009. ISBN: 9780470258439.

Amazon logo Huggins, Robert A. Advanced Batteries: Materials Science Aspects. Springer, 2008. ISBN: 9780387764238. [Preview with Google Books]


Problem sets 40%
Take-home midterm exam 30%
Open-book final exam 30%