EGEE 441 - Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals

3 Credits


Dr. Serguei Lvov, Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering, Director of Electrochemical Technologies Program at EMS Energy Institute. Communications with the course instructor will be via e-mail ( during the working days (M-F) and hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. of EST) and via Adobe Connect during the specially scheduled sessions.


[EME 301 & EME 303] or [CHE 220 & CHE 330] or [ME 300 & ME 320] or [MATSE 401 & MATSE 402]. In this class a strong knowledge of (1) chemistry of redox reactions, (2) thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical processes, (3) physical chemistry of solutions, (4) basics of electrical engineering, and (5) basics of calculus are required.

Time & Place

No class meetings are scheduled in this web course. The course presentations will be recorded and available via suggested URLs. Four 90-minute midterm open-book (via Canvas) exams will take place in a computer lab. At the University Park (UP) campus the exams will be taken at the Pollock Testing Center on the days and during hours shown in the syllabus. At other than UP locations the students will be instructed on the exam by a proctor. The exams cannot be taken without a proctor and a computer room.

Course Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of electrochemical science and engineering such as electrolyte solution, electrochemical cell, electric conductivity, equilibrium electrochemistry, electrochemical kinetics, and current-potential relationship.
  • Understand fundamental principles of the electrochemical energy conversion systems such as fuel cells and electrolyzers or electrochemical phenomena such as corrosion.

This class requires a high level of self-organization and, therefore, one of the objectives is to develop the student’s skills and discipline for studying an engineering subject via a web class.

Class Scope

This course is created for undergraduate students in engineering who have limited experience with electrochemical engineering/electrochemistry but would like to understand what electrochemical science and engineering is about. In addition to undergraduates, graduate students and industry professionals who have not studied electrochemistry during the college period but need to work in one of the areas related to this subject can benefit from taking this course. This course is one of the prescribed classes for the undergraduate Energy Engineering major and the Electrochemical Engineering minor as well as one of the recommended classes for the graduate Electrochemical Science and Engineering minor.

Required Text

S. N. Lvov, Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering, CRC Press, 2015.

Course Materials

All course items are provided via the Penn State’s Course Management System, Canvas.

Class Structure

The class consists of (1) nine technical topics presented via Adobe Connect* (2) nine online 120-minute quizzes to carry out via Canvas**, and (3) four Canvas-based 90-minute interim open-book (via Canvas) exams to be taken in a computer lab (e.g. Pollock Testing Center at UP). The interim exams will mainly (97 %) contribute to the final grade, while the quizzes (3 %) are designed to prepare students for the exams. There is not the final exam in this class. If you want to be properly prepared for the exams the quizzes should be carried out individually. Analysis of your mistakes made in quizzes is an important component of the preparation for the exams. Some questions randomly picked up from the quizzes will be included to exams and contribute to the exam grade.    

When working on your assignments and connecting to Adobe Connect, make sure that you use an appropriate and reliable Internet connection. Complaints on any problem related to Internet connection or a computer problem will not be accepted.

* Each topic presentation is posted on Monday, 9 a.m. as shown in Schedule. The presentations are available for the whole semester.    
** Each quiz should be carried out online using Canvas as shown in Schedule at any time between Monday, 9 a.m. and Wednesday midnight. The quiz cannot be reopened after the midnight deadline and, therefore, no late submission will be available. The quiz item analysis will be available on Thursday morning. Quiz 0 will be available during the first week of the course and will not be counted for the final grade but should serve as a criterion of your preparedness for the course. If < 60 % is obtained in Quiz 0, you may want to consider dropping the course due to insufficient knowledge in the required prerequisites. In such a case, you may also want to discuss your preparedness for the course with the instructor.     

Sample Course Schedule

Week Topic Quiz
1 Introduction Quiz 0
2 Electrolyte Solutions Quiz 1
3 Electrochemical Cells Quiz 2
4 Electrical Conductivity Quiz 3
5 Interim Exam 1 -
6 Equilibrium Electrochemistry Quiz 4
7 Electrochemical Techniques I Quiz 5
8 Interim Exam 2 -
9 Electrochemical Kinetics Quiz 6
10 Electrochemical Techniques II Quiz 7
11 Interim Exam 3 -
12 Electrochemical Energy Conversion Quiz 8
13 Electrochemical Corrosion Quiz 9
14 Fall Break - No Class -
15 Interim Exam 4 -
16 Electrochemial Education and Research at PSU -

Grading Policy

Nine Canvas-based online quizzes - 3 % and four Canvas-based exams - 97 %. There will be no final exam in this class. The grade cutoffs in this class are as follows:

Letter Grade Percentage
Grading Scale
A ≥90%
A- ≥85%
B+ ≥80%
B ≥75%
B- ≥70%
C+ ≥65%
C ≥60%
D ≥55%
F <55%


Course Policies

Academic Integrity: Following University Policy 49-20, students are expected to maintain a high degree of academic integrity throughout the entire course. Accordingly, activities such as cheating, plagiarism, facilitating dishonesty to others, etc., will not be tolerated. This course adopts the College's academic integrity and research ethics policy.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities (ODS). The ODS Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site. Due to the absence of necessary equipment, the exams in this course cannot be taken at the ODS facilities. In opposite, the Pollock Testing Center at the UP has all required facilities, including a specially developed Quiet Room, for students with disabilities.

Weather-related: In the case of weather-related delays at the University, this online course will proceed as planned. The instructor will inform you if there are any extenuating circumstances regarding content or activity due dates in the course due to weather delays.

Military Personnel: Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Deferred Grades: If you are prevented from completing this course within the prescribed amount of time, it is possible to have the grade deferred with the concurrence of the instructor. To seek a deferred grade, you must submit a written request (by e-mail or U.S. post) to your instructor describing the reason(s) for the request. It is up to your instructor to determine whether or not you will be permitted to receive a deferred grade. If, for any reason, the course work for the deferred grade is not completed by the assigned time, a grade of "F" will be automatically entered on your transcript.

Attendance: This course will be conducted entirely online. There will be no set class meeting times, but you will be required to complete assignments with specific due dates. Many of the assignments are open for multiple days. It is your responsibility to complete the work on time, which may require you to complete the work early if you plan to travel or participate in national holidays, religious observances, or University-approved activities. If you need to request an exception due to a personal or medical emergency, contact the instructor directly as soon as you are able. The instructor's ability to accommodate you is dependent on the earliest possible notification. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.