This much-needed, comprehensive text offers an introduction to electrochemistry. The book begins at an elementary level and progresses through to the most recent advances in this interdisciplinary subject. The first part introduces the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, and mass transport associated with electrode reactions. The second part considers experimental methods that are available to study electrode and electrochemical processes, such as steady-state with forced convection, linear sweep, step/pulse voltametric techniques and impedance, modern surface analysis, and microscopic and spectroscopic procedures that complement the electrochemical information. The final part of the book discusses wide-ranging applications, including sensors, industrial electrolysis and batteries, corrosion studies, and the rapidly expanding field of bioelectrochemistry. Easily accessible appendices provide the necessary mathematics, principles of electrical circuits, and basics of digital simulation. The breadth of coverage insures that this volume will be valuable not only to students in chemistry, biochemistry, industrial chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science, but to researchers needing proper introduction to electrochemistry.
' Its coverage is very wide and the principles section is one of the strongest parts of the book. This book is a good contribution which contains useful information of the principles, techniques and applications of electrochemistry within a single text. It should prove useful to postgraduate and other practitioners in the field.'
Frank C. Walsh, Chemistry & Industry, October 1993
'the Oxford University pedigree of the book is clear ... References are provided at the end of each chapter in the form of key texts, reviews and other papers to kindle the enthusiasm of the reader in the more recent advances in electrochemistry.'
A. Clatworthy, Chemistry in Britain, January 1994
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Times Higher Education Supplement
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Jürgen Heinze, Institut für Physikalische Chemie der Universität Freiburg, Angewandte Chemie, 1994 33/19
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Analyst, May 1994, Vol. 119
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T Prem Kumar, Bulletin of Electrochemistry, Vol. 12, No. 7-8, 1996 India
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Notation and units
Part I: Principles
1: Electrochemical cells: Thermodynamic properties and electrode potentials
2: The interfacial region
3: Fundamentals of kinetics and mechanism of electrode reactions
Part II: Methods
4: Electrochemical experiments
5: Hydrodynamic electrodes
6: Cyclic voltammetry and linear sweep techniques
7: Step and pulse techniques
8: Impedance methods
9: Non-electrochemical probes of electrodes and electrode processes
Part III: Applications
10: Potentiometric sensors
11: Amperometric and voltammetric sensors
12: Electrochemistry in industry
Appendix 1: Useful mathematical relations
Appendix 2: Principles of A.C. circuits
Appendix 3: Digital simulation
Appendix 4: Standard electrode potentials