Tutorials

Sunday 2 September, 13:00

Tutorial 1
Computational Electrochemistry

Richard G. Compton, Oxford University, UK
Enno Kaetelhoen, Oxford University, UK
Eduardo Laborda, University of Murcia, Spain

The course aims to teach students and post-docs to write their own programs to simulate voltammetry and other electrochemical experiments. The course will be built on the book Understanding Voltammetry: Simulation of Electrode Processes by R.G. Compton, E. Laborda and K.R. Ward, Imperial College Press, 2014. It will show how to develop basics concepts of mass transport, electron transfer kinetics, homogeneous chemical reaction, .... to first create mathematical models especially for voltammetry and chronoamperometry and second to write computer programmes to implement the models and to analyse experimental data. Please note that the course is NOT about the use of off-the-shelf commercial packages such as DIGISIM.


Tutorial 2
Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry (DEMS)

Helmut Baltruschat, University of Bonn, Germany
Zenonas Jusys, University of Ulm, Germany

It is our intention that students understand how a mass spectrometer is best coupled to an electrochemical cell. They should learn what the requirements for the vacuum system are, how corresponding electrochemical cells should look like and what kind of cell is best suited for which purpose. Examples will be treated on how quantitative data can be gained. Limitations of the method will also be discussed.


Tutorial 3
Impedance Spectroscopy for the Diagnostic of Electrochemical Energy Storage/Conversion Systems

Mark Orazem, University of Florida at Gainesville, USA

This course, based on the recent textbook, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, 2nd Edition, by M.E. Orazem, B. Tribollet, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2017, is intended for chemists, physicists, material scientists, and engineers with an interest in applying electrochemical impedance techniques to study a broad variety of electrochemical processes. Attendees will develop an understanding of the technique, how to develop models with physical significance, and how to use graphical and regression methods to interpret measurements. Examples will include aspects of electrochemical energy storage/conversion systems.


Workshop

Electrochimica Acta / ISE author and reviewer workshop

Robert Hillman, Editor in Chief Electrochimica Acta, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Outline of topics to be covered
Scientific publishing has changed dramatically in the last decade. This is most obvious in terms of the mechanics of manuscript preparation by the author and its delivery to the reader, but there have also been major changes in the way that manuscripts are assessed and selected for publication. Within this rapidly moving environment, this workshop aims to inform both new and experienced authors on a range of aspects of publishing, both generally and with respect to a specialist journal such as Electrochimica Acta. The workshop does not require participants to have previous experience as an author or reviewer, although some involvement with the preparation of a manuscript would obviously permit stronger engagement with the material to be presented. To engage authors at an early stage of their publishing career, the key steps in the process will be identified, from recognizing the point at which publication of data is viable, through selection of the most appropriate journal, to manuscript construction and the mechanics of the submission process. Important and commonly misunderstood topics such as the peer review process and the maintenance of academic standards will be addressed. For early career researchers wishing to develop their professional skills, this will include information on how to become an effective reviewer, contributing positively to the development of the field. More experienced authors will be aware that most journals can only publish a fraction of the manuscripts submitted that satisfy the minimum technical standards. The workshop will discuss how, in this competitive situation, authors may identify selection criteria and prepare their manuscript in a manner that optimizes its attractiveness to the journal and its value to readers; this links with development of reviewer skills. In advance of the session, participants might like to consider their motivation for publishing and what they perceive as the justification for doing so.

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