Physical chemistry II

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Introduction to the structure of matter: quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure and deriving properties. Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: thermodynamic and kinetics. Primary and secondary cells and batteries. Electrolytic Processes.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will learn physical-chemistry basic concepts on the structure of matter at atomic and molecular level, by means of quantum mechanics. In parallel, she/he will acquire the fundamentals of electrochemistry and of the relevant devices and industrial processes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
First part. Quantum Mechanics.
All lessons will be held ASYNCHRONOUSLY and the videos will be regularly uploaded on the ARIEL website ( ; one video for every 2 hours of equivalent frontal lesson).
The teacher will be available for supplementary explanations and for Questions & Answers sessions on the ARIEL forum and on MS Teams. This will be done during the course's schedule or on demand (for justified reasons only).
Further details will be given during the introduction lesson that will be held SYNCHRONOUSLY on MS Teams.

Second Part. Electrochemistry.
All lessons will be held SYNCHRONOUSLY on MS Teams following the course's schedule.
All video will be recorded and will remain available on MS Teams.
The teacher will be willing to provide further explanations and to reply to any question under appointment (agreed upon email).
Course syllabus
Thermodynamics of electrochemical cells: Energy of electrochemical cell reactions. Primary and secondary Cells. Electrode potentials. Electrolyte solutions. Pourbaix Diagrams.
Kinetics of electrochemical reactions: Phoenomena at the interfaces. Electron and charge transfers. Transport of mass and charge
Molecular and Atomic Structure:
- wave-particle duality; the Schroedinger equation; eigenvalues and eigenfunctions; the uncertainty principle
- a particle in a box, quantum mechanical tunnelling; energy levels, wavefunctions
- Atomic structure: hydrogenic atoms; many-electron atoms
- Molecular structure: Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital theories
Molecular Spectrosopy: Radiation-matter interactions. Rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy
Non-laboratory exercises dedicated to in-depth analysis and exemplification of all the course topics.
Prerequisites for admission
Competences and knowledge on physical chemistry (thermodynamics and kinetics), on mathematical analysis and on basic physics (mechanics, optics and electromagnetism)
Teaching methods
Frontal teaching, exercises and simulations
Teaching Resources
- Donald A. McQuarrie, "Quantum Chemistry", University Science Books, 2008
- Peter Atkins, Julio De Paula, Atkin's Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press
- Christopher M. A. Brett, Ana Maria Oliveira Brett, "Electrochemistry: Principles, Methods, and Applications", Oxford University Press, 1994
- Allen J. Bard, Larry R. Faulkner, "Electrochemical Methods. Fundamentals and Applications", 2001, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Edition
- Other material on the Ariel website
- Other material on the Ariel website
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral: discussion that could include short exercises and interpretation of diagrams
Written: in case of valid justification (for example, for specific health issues)
CHIM/02 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours