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Electrochemistry (ELE)


Admission requirements

Core course in MSc Chemistry – Energy & Sustainability, elective course MSc Chemistry, MSc Physics, MSc Life Science and Technology.
For students with a BSc in MST, LST or equivalent.
This course was previously given under the name Electrochemistry and Bioelectrochemistry (EBE), uSis code 4423ELECB. This course cannot be combined with EBE in a programme.


The course deals with the fundamental principles of electrochemistry: thermodynamics, double layer structure, electrochemical kinetics, mass transport in electrochemical systems, and electrochemical and non-electrochemical techniques applied to the study of electrochemical phenomena. In the second part of the course, several fields of application of electrochemistry will be discussed: electron-transfer theory, electrocatalysis, bio-electrochemistry, photo- electrochemistry, corrosion, electroplating, and batteries. The course finishes with a field trip to a company or research institute active in electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students

  • will have knowledge of fundamental principles of electrochemical systems

  • will understand physical and chemical phenomena taking place at electrode-electrolyte interfaces

  • will have an overview of the wide variety of electrochemical applications in industry and daily life

  • can digest and present a summary of a scientific article from the literature


Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, exercises, excursion and discussion meetings

Assessment method

Written examination (60%)
Written examination on article (10%)
Essay (30%)
Presence at the lectures and discussion meetings is obligatory.

Reading list

  • The course is based on the following book: A.J.Bard, L.R.Faulkner, Electrochemical Methods, Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley.

  • Slides presented during the courses, course notes

  • Exercises


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Prof. dr. M.T.M. Koper


Assignment deadlines are communicated via Brightspace.

According to OER article 4.8, students are entitled to view their marked examination for a period of 30 days following the publication of the results of a written examination. Students should contact the lecturer to make an appointment for such an inspection session.