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Chemical Energy Transition: From Nanoscience to Technology


Admission Requirements

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


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 cells, osmotic power plant, electrolysers, and battery 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.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course students:

  • can analyze scientific articles and reviews

  • can write a report and understand novelty in research

  • can differenciate novel concepts from innovative discoveries and formulate research perspectives

  • 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


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Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, worksessions, seminars and essay writing session.

Assessment Method

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

  • Essay on an innovative energy system, with formulation of research perspectives: ½ of the grade

  • Retake exam with same format.

Reading List

Reading materials will be on Brightspace.


Every student has to register for courses with the enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information. Exemptions are minor students and fall semester for 1st year bachelor students: the student administration will enroll these groups for courses.

Please note that it is compulsory to register your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course.

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Grégory Schneider
Dennis Hetterscheid