Physical Chemistry Ii

A.Y. 2021/2022
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

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
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

Thermodynamics of electrochemical cells: Energy of electrochemical cell reactions. Electrode potentials. Electrolyte solutions. Pourbaix Diagrams.
Kinetics of electrochemical reactions: Phoenomena at the interfaces. Electron and charge transfers. Transport of mass and charge. Semiconductors. Introduction to applied electrochemistry: primary and secondary batteries, corrosion, industrial electrochemistry
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, numerical 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
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral discussion that could include short exercises and interpretation of diagrams.
Ongoing tests could be considered.
CHIM/02 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Educational website(s)
On appointment
Teacher's Office (Dipartimento di Chimica - Ground Floor -B Section) or on MS Teams