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CH914 - Electrochemistry and Sensors

  • Module code: CH914
  • Module name: Electrochemistry and Sensors
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"This module focuses on advanced theoretical and practical aspects of modern electroanalytical and related sensor techniques, covering both theory and practice. Many of the techniques covered in lectures are reinforced in the laboratory, where students are trained in good laboratory practice and assessment of experimental error. Over the course of this module, students complete a set of laboratory experiments which cover key concepts, and which emphasise data evaluation and analysis to determine analyte concentrations and physicochemical properties, such as diffusion coefficients. Topics covered include: equilibrium techniques (pH measurement, ion selective electrodes); dynamic electrochemistry and kinetics; cyclic voltammetry and potential step methods; hydrodynamic electrodes; microelectrode techniques; biosensors; new electrode materials; introduction to electrochemical scanned probemicroscopes; electronic noses and tongues; array techniques, lab-on-a-chip concept and on-line analysis."

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Subject knowledge and understanding - Show an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles behind modern electroanalytical techniques; Discriminate between various electroanalytical techniques,understanding the advantages, disadvantages and current applications each; Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and interpret data from a variety of measurements; Display practical consideration for sources and treatment of experimental error; Understand the demand for different; sensor technologies and the principles practice of their application, Key Skills- Communicate verbally and in writing; Demonstrate numeracy; Independently use information technology; data-fitting software and spreadsheets; Locate and evaluate relevant information from outside sources; Manage time effectively, Cognitive Skills - Critically analyse data; Comprehensively assess errors in data; Test hypotheses using experimental data; Interpret results using information from Literature, Subject-Specific/Professional Skills - Follow good and safe practice in the Laboratory; Demonstrate sound laboratory and measurement skills; Produce clearly written and original scientific reports; Research and reference relevant literature.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 hrs lectures, 20hrs laboratory sessions.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH914-10)
C (Assessed/examined work) Lab Reports 50%
  Examination (locally held) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Diamond Science and Technology (F3PS) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Diamond Science and Technology (F3PS) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical and Polymer Science (F1PX) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Diamond Science and Technology (F3P9) - Year 1