Course: Physical Chemistry 2

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Course title Physical Chemistry 2
Course code KFC/FC2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jurečka Petr, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Paloncýová Markéta, Mgr.
  • Kvítek Libor, doc. RNDr. CSc.
  • Panáček Aleš, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Berka Karel, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Jurečka Petr, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Banáš Pavel, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Prucek Robert, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Kührová Petra, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Zgarbová Marie, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Sovová Žofie, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Slovák Petr, Mgr.
Course content
1.Electrolytes, electrolysis, Faraday's laws, the galvanic cell, electrical work. 2.Standard electrodes, concentration cells, Nernst equation. Electrolytic conduction, ionic diffusion and transport. 3.Chemical potential and activities in solution. The limiting Debye-Hückel equation and its usage. 4.Electrode equilibria. Reversible electrodes and their Nernstian behaviour, reversible galvanic cells, emf and its relationship with electrolyte equilibria and thermodynamic quantities for cell reactions. 5.The electrochemical measurement of pH and associated problems. Selective-ion electrodes, their Nernstian behaviour and performance characteristics. 6.Aspects of non-equilibrium electrochemistry - electrochemical kinetics, electroanalytical chemistry, electrochemical synthesis, industrial electrochemistry, batteries and fuel cells, corrosion. 7.Relation between reaction rate and electric current density (j = zFv), fundamental principles of electrode kinetics, the electric double layer, the Tafel equation, Butler-Volmer law, Fick's laws. 8.Kinetics of chemical reactions.Rate of reaction and factors that affect it, rate constant, rate equation, control of rates, concept of mechanism. 9.The distinction between homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions and catalyses. 10. Order of reaction, molecularity. Arrhenius equation, activation energy. Chain reactions. 11.Experimental methods of studying rate of reaction. Evaluation of rate constant for zero-, first- and second-order reactions. Variation of rate constant with temperature, evaluation of activation energy and pre-exponential factor. 12.Simple collision theory. Unimolecular reactions and the Lindemann theory. Parallel and consecutive reactions. Rate determinination for step and steady state approximation. 13. Thermodynamic formulation of activation parameters, enthalpy and entropy of activation, and their interpretation, nature of transition state. 14. Kinetics and mechanism of homogeneous catalysed reactions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 90 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The lecture is focused on the balance in homogeneous and heterogeneous electrochemical system, chemical kinetics and colloid chemistry.
ability to associate information, explain principles, and interpret problems of balances in homogenous and heterogenous electrochemical systems and their exploitation in practice

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam

Seminar 1) active participation at 80% of the seminars 2) final credit test successfully fulfilled in 50% Examination 1)Final credit test successfully fulfilled in 50% 2) Students sitting the examinations should be able to discuss two chosen questions
Recommended literature
  • 1. R. Brdička, J. Dvořák :. (1977). Základy fysikální chemie, . Academia.
  • 2.W. J. Moore :. (1981). Fyzikální chemie,. SNTL.
  • 3. O. Fischer a kol. (1983). Fyzikální chemie. SPN Praha.
  • 4. P. Atkins :. (1996). Elements of Physical chemistry,. Oxford Univerzity Press.
  • 5. J. Mollin. (1986). Fyzikální chemie I. skripta, fakulta přírodovědecká UP Olomouc.
  • 6. Laidler, K.J.:. (1993). The World of Physical Chemistry,. Oxford Univ. Press.
  • 7. Logan, S.R.:. (1996). Fundamentals of Chemical kinetics,. A.W. Longmann, Edinburg.
  • 8. Adamcová, Z. a kol.:. (1989). Příklady a úlohy z fyzikální chemie,. SNTL, Praha.
  • 9. Nevěčná, T.:. (1994). Příklady a úlohy z fyzikální chemie,. PřF UP Olomouc.

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