Division of Applied Electrochemistry
Electrochemistry is about the interconversion between energy in chemical and electric form. It finds its use in direct production of electricity from a raw material, as in batteries and fuel cells, and for the production of chemical products and metals in electrolytic processes. It can also be used in sensors and other methods for chemical analysis. Many of the great problems and challenges that the world is facing are connected to how to get energy and how to use our resources in the best possible way, and it is very likely that new and improved electrochemical systems will play an increasingly important part in their solution.
The Applied Electrochemistry group is a part of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology at KTH. We are about 20 employees working with research and teaching. A large part of the employees are postgraduate students doing research for a Ph.D. or licentiate degree. Research in Applied Electrochemistry is directed mainly towards electrochemical power sources (lithium batteries, ZEBRA batteries, molten carbonate fuel cells, polymer electrolyte fuel cells and direct methanol fuel cells) and electroytic processes.
A common theme in the different research projects is the mathematical modelling and electrochemical characterisation of electrochemical systems. Of special importance is the development and application of porous electrode theories for battery electrodes and gas diffusion fuel cell electrodes. Studies of mass transport in liquid and polymer electrolytes are another important and frequent activity in the research programme. The development of dynamic electrochemical methods and models for studies of electrode kinetics. mass transport, porous electrodes and materials is also important.