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University Master's degree in Electrochemistry. Science and Technology

Objectives & career options

General objectives

  • Contribute to the training of specialists in Electrochemistry, a subject which has received minimal attention in the current undergraduate degree programme, and is one of the cornerstones for advancements related to new technological challenges.
  • Provide access to a doctoral programme, such as the doctorate in ECyT (Electrochemistry: Science and Technology), with a sufficient guarantee of  basic and applied knowledge in the field of Electrochemistry enabling students to contribute to  future research groups with doctors who carry out their activities in the field of Electrochemistry.
  • Promote mobility and interaction among students of the Master’s degree in the field of Electrochemistry, contact with other universities, research centres and companies which are active in the field.

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Structure

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Subject Type

Credits

  Compulsory (OB)

35

  Optative (OP)

10

  Master's Degree Final Project (TFM)

 15

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

FIRST TERM 30 ECTS

SECOND TERM 30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTROCHEMISTRY I

OB

6

ADVANCED EXPERIMENTATION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OB

5

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTROCHEMISTRY II

OB

4

*OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

 

OP

 

10

TECHNLOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF ELECTROCHEMISTRY I

OB

6

TECHNLOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF ELECTROCHEMISTRY II

OB

4

BASIC EXPERIMENTATION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY

OB

10

MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT

TFM

15

 

*OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

ECTS

University

Introduction to research

10

UAB

Spectroelectrochemistry experimentation

5

UBu

Applied cyclic voltammetry

3

UMu

Applied electrochemistry

4

US

Electro-polymerisation

3

UPCT

Bio-mimetic electrochemical properties in soft materials

3

UPCT

Electrochemical and  bio-mimetic devices

4

UPCT

Sensors and biosensors

3

UMu

Theoretical and experimental methods in physical chemistry

4

UCo

Energy accumulation and fuel cells

6

UAM

Surface electrochemistry

3

UA

Electrocatalysis: electrocatalytic materials and application to electrochemistry

3

UA

Electrochemistry of  semiconductor materials

3

UA

Energy Vector Hydrogen II: Uses

3

UA

Construction of sensors and screen-printed Biosensors

5

UBu

Photovoltaic and photo-electrochemical conversion

5

UAM

Preparation of  materials

6

UB

Characterisation techniques

6

UB

Catalysts for energy and the environment

5

US

Theoretical and computational chemistry

3

UMu

Macromolecules: structure and properties

3

UMu

Synthesis and applications of inorganic nanomaterials

4

UCo

Technicians in fine chemistry and nanochemistry

4

UCo

Work Experience

6

UVEG

Transversal competences

4

UVEG

Chemical kinetics of charge transfer processes

4

US

Hydrogen: production, stockpiling and use

6

UAM

 

General course programme

 

The programme has a tri-modular structure:

  • Fundamental
  • Specialisation
  • Master’s Degree Final Project

 

1. FUNDAMENTAL MODULE:  Consists of three compulsory subjects (theory and practice):

  1. Fundamentals of electrochemistry (10 ECTS)
  2. Technological applications of electrochemistry (10 ECTS)
  3. Basic experimentation in electrochemistry (10 ECTS)

The subject "Fundamentals of electrochemistry" is subdivided into two essential subjects related to the field of electrochemistry which provide focus and enable students to gauge their respective levels, whatever their academic background in experimental sciences. It is important to emphasize that the subject "Electrochemistry" is virtually non-existent in the current undergraduate degree programmes. Hence the need to include subjects such as "Fundamentals of electrochemistry I" (6 ECTS) and "Fundamentals of electrochemistry II" (4 ECTS).The second subject in the module is "Technological applications of electrochemistry "and with its distinct focus on technology and its applications, the subject area is developed through two subjects: “Technological applications of electrochemistry I" (6 ECTS) and "Technological applications of electrochemistry II "(4 ECTS).

These two subjects would be taught intensively at a single university for a period of 6 weeks. Students will develop part of their studio work at the university and the rest is to be completed after this 6 week period, during which they can use the virtual tutoring provided through ICT facilities. The Master’s Academic Coordinating Committee will annually choose the university campus that will be responsible for the delivery of these subjects for the following year.

The third subject “Basic experimentation in electrochemistry” is a single practical subject comprising 10 ECTS. Given the extra travel expenses arising out of additional student relocations, the Master’s Academic Coordinating Committee may agree to allow students to take the third subject either in the same university where they took the first two subjects of this module, or in the participating university of the joint degree programme.

This module is intended to produce a series of core and specific skills common to all students in the Master’s degree programme. It also aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach that enables problem solving from different perspectives.

 

 2. SPECIALISATION MODULE: Comprises 6 optional subjects from a series of optional subjects amounting to a maximum of 118 credits. These subjects represent the compendium of subjects offered by all the universities. Students must choose at least 10 ECTS from subjects in the specialisation module, which enables students to choose from a wide range of universities, according to their preferences and ability to travel and relocate.

 3.  MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT:  15 ECTS.

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Distinctive Features

Electrochemistry is currently of great technological importance, both nationally and internationally. Electrochemistry is present in a wide variety of technological applications: energy accumulation and conversion (batteries, accumulators); surface treatments (galvanisation, metal deposits); industrial production (aluminium, zinc, nickel and chlorine/soda among others); waste water treatment and development of analytical techniques (sensors and biosensors).

This Master's degree is jointly held by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Madrid, University Alicante, University of Barcelona, University of Burgos, University of Cordoba, University of Murcia, University of Valencia and Polytechnic University of Cartagena and allows students to be trained specifically in the discipline of Electrochemistry. The knowledge and skills acquired by students will enable them to cope with potential activities in the above mentioned fields that are very active both nationwide and internationally.

Moreover, because this Master's degree is being held jointly by several universities, it offers additional benefit within the same degree, with highly qualified lecturers for the contents to be taught, which promotes interaction and ways of collaboration so necessary in today's society.

Finally, it should be noted that this Master's degree is supported, sponsored and contributed by the Specialized Electrochemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, which is made up by over 250 electrochemists from the university and business sectors in Spain.

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Resources and Facilities

Facilities at the Faculty of Sciences

The Faculty has 16 departments with a total of more than 350 teachers. All buildings have offices, academic and research laboratories. There are no architectural barriers that prevent people with physical disabilities from accessing the Faculty and the departments involved in this Master’s degree.

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Classrooms

There are 12 classrooms ranging in size from 80 to 160 seats in which the Faculty of Science has preference in using the facilities for teaching purposes. All classrooms are equipped with a blackboard, fixed projection screen, overhead projector, video projector, computer with network connection point. In addition, video projectors and laptops are available for use in any space in the Faculty on request.

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Work and study rooms

There is also a work room with 30 workstations, two computer rooms with free access with 15 computers, each connected to the computer network, and a study room with 160 workstations (Library). Computer rooms. There are four computer rooms equipped with 25 workstations each. Some departments have equipped their own computer spaces, generally near their teaching laboratories, in order to combine the use of computers with laboratory practicals. There are a total of four such classrooms.

 

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Seminars

In the units assigned to the departments that teach the degree in Chemistry, there are a total of 11 spaces available for PhD courses, electives and seminars for practicals. Most of them have a small library that also serves as a meeting place for departmental councils, etc. The use of departmental seminars and libraries is managed by the department itself, with priority given to the activities carried out by its teachers. However, these spaces are available to the Faculty during the remaining hours.

                                   

    

Laboratories

The departments of the Faculty involved in the teaching of the new undergraduate degree in Chemistry have 64 laboratories available, with capacities ranging from 10 to 64 students, which total an area of nearly 4000 m2.

Laboratory facilities in the departments that will teach the degree: Biotechnology, 2 (118 m 2); Agrochemistry and Biochemistry, 2 (299 m2); Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 (95 m2); Ecology, 1 (109 m2); Applied Physics 4, (407 m2); Chemical Engineering, 26 (716 m2); Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, 4 (475 m2); Physical Chemistry, 7 (738 m2); Inorganic Chemistry, 6 (422 m 2); Organic Chemistry, 11 (587); Total, 64 (3. 966 m2).

Also worth mentioning that pilot plants are available in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Research Technical Services instrumental equipment is occasionally used for the practical teaching of electives.

The laboratories and pilot plants are equipped with the essential elements in terms of health and safety. Toxic waste generated during the practicals is stored in specific containers and the laboratory technicians manage storage and collection following a comprehensive UA plan for the collection and treatment of waste managed by the Medical  Service.

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Library

The Science Library has a surface area of 409 square metres, 148 reading posts, 7 computerised posts, 29,433 monographs, 5,111 electronic books, 123 subscriptions to paper journals, 2,056 subscriptions to on-line journals and access to 13 electronic databases. Students have manuals of the bibliography recommended by the teaching staff of the different courses available at both the Faculty Library and the Main Library.

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Assembly halls

The Faculty has a Board Room with a capacity for 60 people, equipped with a multimedia system and a touch screen. In the Optics building, attached to the Faculty of Sciences, there is an assembly hall with a capacity for 200 people. A new meeting room with capacity for 20 people has recently been fitted out.

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Research University Institutes

There are several research institutes at the University of Alicante geared towards research in Chemistry and related subjects, where teachers and researchers from the Faculty of Sciences are involved: University Institute of Organic Synthesis, University Institute of Materials, University Institute of Electrochemistry, University Institute of Water Management, etc. These facilities and infrastructures may be used on an ad hoc basis for undergraduate courses, particularly those related to optional subjects and the completion of final-year undergraduate projects.

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Specialization and professional profile

Introduction to Electrochemical Research. Science and Technology with the following goals:

  • To make access easier to a PhD degree such as "Electrochemistry. Science and Technology" (or others), involving high quality in the field of electrochemistry, as well as the required guarantees of basic and applied training in the field to allow PhD holders in research groups to develop their activity in the future.
  • To contribute to training experts in Electrochemistry, a subject which has been greatly diminished in the current undergraduate degree in Chemistry. In fact, it is one of the fundamental pillars in the development of the new technological challenges and support for the training of professionals in business sectors focused on the manufacture of products such as: batteries, accumulators and battery packs, sectors such as electroplating, production of metals such as aluminium, zinc or nickel, chlorine production so useful in the chemical industry, treatment of waste water and a long etcetera. This would justify the need for a specific and high level training in the field of Electrochemistry.
  • To promote mobility and interaction between students of the Master?s degree in Electrochemistry and contact with other universities, research centres and companies active in the area.

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Scholarships and Funding

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University Life

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