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Energy Transition: Chemical Energy



The overarching goals of the chemical energy transition within this century is the production of clean energy where nothing but pure water is produced at the exhaust of engines and fuel cells. Such a technological dream faces scientific challenges such as the development of well performing catalysts, thin selective membranes, understanding electrochemical reactions at the nanoscale and integrating nanoscience and nanotechnology within current fuel cell and electrolysers architectures. This course introduces all the basic knowledge necessary to understand this chemical energy transition research field and proposes novel research strategies at the forefront of science and technology


This course is available only for students in the minor Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course students:

  • can analysize scientific articles and reviews

  • can write reports and formulate a research proposal

  • can prepare a research talk based on literature reading and research proposal

  • can identify novelty and formulate novel and innovative research plans

  • know the importance of the chemical energy transition

  • understand kinetics and thermodynamics in electrochemical reactions

  • know of electrolysis, electrolyzers, fuel cells, batteries, major (electro)chemical reactions

  • understand the active role of membrane in electrolyzers and fuel cells

  • understand hydrogen and CO2 economy

  • understand carbon cycle, fossil fuels vs hydrogen, methanol and CO2

  • understand nanoscience and nanotechnology in energy harvesting

  • know of nanofabrication techniques used in device design

  • understand membrane technology in fuel cell devices

  • understand two dimensional membranes: graphene and nanoporous membranes

  • understand nanographene and polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons



Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars

Assessment Methode

  • Written exam based on homework and course questions: ½ of the grade

  • Research proposal and review presentation: ½ of the grade (2/3 for the proposal, 1/3 for the review)

  • Retake exam with same format (for written exam only, not proposal-review)

Reading List



Enrollment through uSis is mandatory

Information and Contact

Grégory Schneider