Since ecological, economic, and social reasons force people to modify our ways of energy production and utilization, there is a demand for new cost-effective and eco-friendly energy conversion devices and storage systems. The electrochemical way of interacting with energy related processes seems to be one of the most promising. Perhaps that is the main reason why electrochemistry has become increasingly important. Electrochemical research has garnered much attention from public and private industry, as well as academic and government research.
As an example, alkaline fuel cells, first introduced in the US “Apollo” mission, are based on the principles of electrochemical energy storage and reversible water decomposition reactions in an alkaline environment. Energy is generated by the oxidation of hydrogen, which acts as a fuel, and it is stored by decomposing water into hydrogen and oxygen again. The system is quite promising as it is eco-friendly and efficient (fuel to electricity conversion efficiency reaching 60% in some applications) and performs at relatively low temperatures.
It's certainly true that a college chemistry major sitting in a freshman general chemistry class stands a much better chance of choosing electrochemical research as a career than ever before. Electrochemistry is an area of knowledge which is quite difficult to master, as it involves complicated surface interactions and various charge transfer mechanisms.
The very basic course in electrochemistry may follow up such order:
Following these, the degree program can be continued with more explicit explanation of exact fields such as electrocatalysis, materials science applications, cathode materials modification, and other such topics.
Understanding various fields of electrochemistry is complicated; it’s a normal thing when one needs some help to feel comfortable about his knowledge. We are here to help if you feel confused or need homework or tutoring assistance.