Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications – Allen J. Bard, Larry R. Faulkner – 2nd Edition


A broad and comprehensive survey of the fundamentals for electrochemical methods now in widespread use. This book is meant as a textbook, and can also be used for self-study as well as for courses at the senior undergraduate and beginning graduate levels.

Knowledge of physical chemistry is assumed, but the discussions start at an elementary level and develop upward. This revision comes twenty years after publication of the first edition, and provides valuable new and updated coverage.

– New material has been added in the following areas; applications of ultramicroelectrodes, phenomena at well-defined surfaces, modified electrodes, modern electron-transfer theory, scanning probe methods, LCEC, impedance spectrometry, modern forms of pulse voltammetry, and various aspects of spectroelectrochemistry.

– Chapter 5 in the first edition “Controlled Potential Microelectrode Techniques-Potential Step Methods” has been divided into two new chapters, 5 “”Basic Potential Step Methods” and 7 “Polarography and Pulse Voltammetry” in the new edition.

– Chapter 12 “Double-Layer Structure and Adsorbed Intermediates in Electrode Processes” in the old edition has become Chapters 13 ” Double-Layer Structure and Adsorption” and 14 ” Electroactive Layers and Modified Electrodes” in the new edition.

– The previous edition had a single chapter on experiments in which other characterization methods are coupled to electrochemical systems (Chapter 14). The new edition has a new Chapter 16 “Scanning Probe Techniques” as well as Chapter 17 “Spectroelectrochemistry and Other Coupled Characterization Methods” and Chapter 18 “Photoelectrochemistry and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence”

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  • Chapter 1. Major Symbols.
    Chapter 2. Standard Abbreviations.
    Chapter 3. Introduction and Overview of Electrode Processes.
    Chapter 4. Potentials and Thermodynamics of Cells.
    Chapter 5. Kinetics of Electrode Reactions.
    Chapter 6. Mass Transfer by Migration and Diffusion.
    Chapter 7. Basic Potential Step Methods.
    Chapter 8. Potential Sweep Methods.
    Chapter 9. Polarography and Pulse Voltammetry.
    Chapter 10. Controlled-Current Techniques.
    Chapter 11. Method Involving Forced Convention--Hydrodynamic Methods.
    Chapter 12. Techniques Based on Concepts of Impedance.
    Chapter 13. Bulk Electrolysis Methods.
    Chapter 14. Electrode Reactions with Coupled Homogeneous Chemical Reactions.
    Chapter 15. Double-Layer Structure and Adsorption.
    Chapter 16. Electroactive Layers and Modified Electrodes.
    Chapter 17. Electrochemical Instrumentation.
    Chapter 18. Scanning Probe Techniques.
    Chapter 19. Spectroelectrochemistry and Other Coupled Characterization Methods.
    Chapter 20. Photoelectrochemistry and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence.
    Appendix A: Mathematical Methods.
    Appendix B: Digital Simulations of Electrochemical Problems.
    Appendix C: Reference Tables.
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