ETE-35306 Environmental Electrochemical Engineering


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s) JE Dykstra
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A ter Heijne JE Dykstra
Examiner(s)dr. ir. A ter Heijne JE Dykstra

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-24804 Fundamentals of Environmental Technology + PCC-21802 Introductory Thermodynamics or comparable


Current societal transitions, including the change from fossil fuel-driven towards renewable based processes, require innovative (electrified) technologies for (drinking) water treatment and resource recovery. Furthermore, there is an increasing need for large-scale energy storage systems. This course will cover the fundamental aspects of electrochemical engineering, including the principles of an electrochemical cell, electrode processes and materials, transport mechanisms in (ion exchange) membranes, and electrochemical measurements. Furthermore, the course captures innovative and state-of-the-art electrochemical processes for water treatment, energy storage, resource recovery. We discuss the theory and application of (flow) batteries, supercapacitors, (microbial) fuel and electrolysis cells, and of electrochemical desalination, separation, disinfection, electroplating, and corrosion processes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand fundamentals/basics of electrochemical engineering, including faradaic and capacitive electrode processes, electro-interfacial phenomena, Nernst and Butler-Volmer theory, and important properties of electrolytes;
- describe the dynamics of (bio-)electrochemical systems, including ion transport in (ion exchange) membranes (Nernst-Planck theory);
- characterize environmental (bio-)electrochemical systems based on experiments, data interpretation and calculations;
- calculate and evaluate the performance, potential and limitations of environmental electrochemical technologies;
- design an electrochemical process for water treatment, energy storage or resource recovery, taking into account the complex composition of (water) streams.


Attending lectures, doing assignments and studying literature to acquire knowledge on the principles of electrochemical engineering and electrochemical technologies and processes. Furthermore, the course will include a computer practical training (Excel or Matlab) to perform advanced calculations on electrochemical technologies (approx. 24 hours). Lastly, you will work in small groups on your own design of an environmental electrochemical process.


The final mark is composed of the results of:
- written exam (weight 70%), passing mark >5.5);
- case study (weight 30%, passing mark >5.5).
Successful partial interim examinations will remain valid for a period of 2 years.


A course reader will be available at the study store and hand-outs will be supplied during the course.

Keuze voor: MBTBiotechnologyMScE: Spec. E - Environmental and Biobased Biotechnology5MO
MESEnvironmental SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Environmental Technology5MO
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc5MO
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc5MO
MBSBiobased SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Biorefinery and Conversion5MO