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KE2110 Applied Electrochemistry 7.5 credits

The aim of the course is to allow the students to gain necessary basic knowledge in order to understand, analyze and solve problems related to electrochemical processes. The participants should also aquire knowledge about the applications of electrochemistry in the fields of fuel cells, batteries, electrolytic processes and electrochemical corrosion. Further, the students should gain basic abilities in calculations on electrochemical systems and in expeimental methods in electrochemistry.

The course is intended for engineering students, but also for professionally active engineers and graduate students who need a basic training in the field.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE2110 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The electrochemical double layer, electrode kinetics, mass transfer in electrochemical systems, electrocatalysis. Design of electrochemical reactors, current distribution. Survey of electrochemical processes and power sources.

Experimental techniques.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Analyse the voltage components that contribute to an electrode potential and a cell voltage, respectively, based on fundamental relationships from thermodynamics, kinetics and mass transport. TEN1, LAB1, ÖVN1.
  • Describe different electrochemical applications as power sources, electrolytic processes and corrosion. TEN1
  • Perform simple calculations on various electrochemical applications. TEN1, ÖVN1, LAB1
  • Analyse current distribution in electrochemical systems using computer simulations. ÖVN1 (Only for KE2110)
  • Describe basic experimental methodology used in electrochemistry and perform simpler experiments. From current-voltage curves evaluate data as kinetic parameters and diffusion constants. LAB1, TEN1

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of science in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials or equivalent as well as documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

To be able to do the course within a normal workload you are supposed to have background knowledge in chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, chemical dynamics, transport phenomena, chemical process technology and numerical methods. If you are lacking some of this background you will most likely be able to read up on that as the course proceeds.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Homework, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web KE2110

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Electrochemical Energy Devices (KE2300) can be read either before or after this course.

Supplementary information

  • Will replace 3C1823
  • This course is also given as a separate course for external students, KE210U,and for PhD students but then excluding the group assignment and corresponding to 6 ECTS. The name of the course is FKE3140 Applied electrochemistry.