Teaching

Fall 2022 Solid State Ionics (MSE 5007, Westlake University)

Course description: This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental knowledge and methodology in the field of solid state ionics. Solid state ionic materials have wide applications in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, sensing, as well as neuromorphic computing and memory. This course will introduce the underlying principles of ionic point defect behavior that governs the performance of solid ionic materials in these applications. These principles include point defect formation and defect chemical reactions, ion transport, migration and chemical (ambipolar) diffusion, solid-state electrochemistry, electrocatalysis and irreversible thermodynamics. Solid-state electrochemical techniques, frontiers in solid state ionics and case studies will also be discussed in this course.

Reference Books/Materials:
1. Physical Chemistry of Ionic Materials: Ions and Electrons in Solids by J. Maier;
2. The Defect Chemistry of Metal Oxides by D. M. Smyth;
3. Defects and Transport in Crystalline Solids by P. Kofstad and T. Norby;
4. Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications by A. Bard and L. Faulkner

Course Materials:
Lecture 1: Course Introduction download
Lecture 2: Brouwer Diagram download
Lecture 3: Ion Transport-Macroscopic Picture download
Lecture 4: Ion Transport-Microscopic Picture download
Lecture 5: Chemical Diffusivity download
Lecture 6-7: Space Charge Layers download
Lecture 8: Impedance Spectroscopy download
Lecture 9: Solid-State Electrochemistry I: Open-Circuit Potential download
Lecture 10: Solid-State Electrochemistry II: Kinetics; Butler-Volmer Equation download
Lecture 11-12: Solid-State Electrochemistry III: Frumkin Correction and Marcus Theory download
Lecture 13: Chemo-Mechanical Coupling download
Lecture 14: Review and Homework Solutions download

Homework problem sets:
There were three problems sets with some problems originated from research papers. I designed these problems so that students can practice how to apply knowledge learned in lectures to real-world problem solving.
HW1: Defect chemical equilibrium download;
HW2: Chemical diffusion and space charge layer download;
HW3: Solid-state electrochemistry download.

Special thanks: Prof. Chia-Chin Chen (National Taiwan University); Prof. Donglin Han (Soochow University); Prof. Yanhao Dong (Tsinghua University); Prof. Min Chen (Foshan University)