Scientific presentation

The 8th Summer School will be held at Hôtel Mercure Compans Caffarelli Toulouse France:

August 27th 2018 until August 31th 2018

The Electrochemical Engineering (EE) is the science focusing on the conception, designing/building and the optimization of electrochemical “reactors”, “devices” and “processes”. The 8th ESSEE promotes the sharing of knowledge and the networking in the field of electrochemical engineering and applied electrochemistry, specifically the application of chemical engineering concepts and methodologies to electrochemical processes and related technologies.

The scientific program of the summer school is structured into 10 sessions and contains more than fifteen  lessons/lectures,given by European scientists from both academic and industrial areas. During the devoted period, scientific discussions and exchanges are encouraged, to help you to elucidate difficulties encountered in yours activities in relation with electrochemistry

By the end of the summer school, students will have acquired:

-/- knowledge on electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering, from the most important fundamental laws to some new aspects of electrochemistry, industrial electrochemistry and various future applications. Specifically students will have the followingknowledge on:

- electrochemical kinetics/electrocatalysis and the bases of interfacial phenomena (faradaic and non faradaic processes),

- the fundamental Laws of Nernst, Kohlrauch, Faraday, Bulter-Volmer, Ohm, Nernst-Planck, Laplace, Fick (mass transports in association with the electronic transfer),

- the design and the optimization (experimental and modelling) of the Electrochemical Reactors (electrode and separator time life, conversion/residence time/recycling, faradaic yield, electrical consumption, potential distribution…),

-the electrochemical conversion for electrical energy storage; faradaic and capacitive modes, reversibility/cycling ability, storage capacity,

-the corrosion: mechanisms, fundamental laws and protection corrosion,

-the industrial electrochemical Processes (electrosyntheses, electrodepositions, electroseparations),

- the potentialities of the electrochemical engineering on environmental protection.

-/- understanding on: 

- the fundamental physical phenomena associated to an electrochemical process (mass transport, adsorption, electronic transfer, desorption, coupling of chemical reactions in the Bulk),

- the limiting phenomenon governing the overall rate of a process,

- the importance of the constitutive elements of an electrochemical device (electrode material, separator, electrolytic compartments, peripherals,…),

-the meaning of:  *a current-potential curve, the corresponding electronic reaction/s/, their kinetic rate,

                             the limiting step,

                             *the cell voltage and its importance on the energy consumption,

                             *both the residence time and the recycling of the solution, as well as their effects on the

                             current magnitude and the reagents conversion.

-the thermal effect on the productivity and also safe conditions operations,

*the importance of existing correlations allowing to design a set-up for a given production

*the working modes and the limitations of existing electrochemical devices devoted to the conversion/storage of the electrical energy.

*the corrosion mechanisms

*the electron conduction between a metallic interface and a biological molecule and the existing potentialities (energy, corrosion, catalysis,…)

-/- concepts of…  

-the laws governing: the transport, the electronic transfer, the ionic conductivity,

-the designing of set-ups involving the electrochemical reactions

-the balances (mass, energy / thermal)

-the current distribution and the consequences at the local scale on the: i) deposit uniformity, ii) electrode time life, iii) selectivity of an electrochemical reaction,...

-the photoelectrochemistry,

-the bioelectronic transfer.

-/- skills

-to analyse a process and to determine the more influent physical phenomena,

-to select the appropriated elements to construct/build the required devices,

-to define /establish the theoretical laws and the dimensionless correlations enabling i) the design of the device ii) its optimization (experimental and modelling/simulation) and iii) in general the control of the process (calculations of the: conversion, selectivity, faradaic yield, energy consumption).

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