Interface Physics 2

Module PH2070

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2070 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2070 is Oliver Schneider.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Solid-liquid interfaces play an important role in many physico{chemical, biological and technical systems (e.g. energy conversion and storage, signal transduction in cells). The focus of this course lies on the structure-reactivity relationships of solid-liquid interfaces. We will start with a discussion of models describing the charge transfer kinetics of electrodes (Butler-Volmer, Marcus, etc.). Then important characterization methods for charged interfaces will be discussed such as cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, potential and current step methods. - Classical theories of charge transfer at interfaces: Tafel's law, Butler-Volmer theory - Molecular approaches to describe charge transfer: Marcus theory - Potential and current step methods, chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry - Characterization methods based on the concept of impedance and transfer func- tions - Equivalent circuits of electrochemical interfaces - The role of mass transport (migration, diffusion, convection) for the reactivity of interfaces, Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations - Digital simulation of charge transfer processes at solid-liquid interfaces - Industrial applications: electroplating, corrosion protection, sensor applications based on electrochemical detection principles

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to: 1. Describe important properties characterizing the dynamics of interfaces (heteroge- nous rate constants, exchange current densities, etc.) 2. Discuss structure-reactivity relationships of interfaces, especially electrochemical interfaces 3. Understand the fundamentals and limitations of important characterization techniques for the reactivity of interfaces such as current-voltage curves, relaxation methods


Interface Physics I

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Interface Physics 2 Schneider, O. einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, beamer presentation, board work, exercises in individual and group work


practise sheets, powerpoint presentation, black board


1) A.J. Bard, L.R. Faulkner: Electrochemical methods. Fundamentals and applica- tions, 2nd ed., Wiley, 2001 2) J. O'M Bockris, A. Reddy: Electrochemistry II. Electrodics, 2nd ed., Plenum, 2000 3) C. H. Hamann, A. Hamnett, W. Vielstich: Electrochemistry, Wiley-VCH, 2007 4) J. O'M. Bockris, S.U.M. Khan: Surface electrochemistry, Plenum, 1993

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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