Next year's programme will be updated in spring 2024.

Content description

The Winter school on Electrocatalysis towards a greener society is a one-week programme, hosted by the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp) and the group of applied electrochemistry and catalysis (ELCAT) of the applied engineering faculty within the frame of a European Interreg 2 Seas program (E2C, Electrons to high value chemical products).

This Winter school on Electrocatalysis has as purpose to introduce you into the world of green electrochemistry starting from its basics and ultimately leading to the hottest applications that can currently be found in academy and industry. At the start, you will be submerged into the field of electrochemistry with some theoretical sessions, explaining the basic principles and moving on to the most applied methods in electrochemistry (LSV, R(R)DE, impedance, etc.), including an investigation of the kinetics and mass transfer aspects. This will be followed by some sessions on electrocatalysis and hands-on experience with electrochemistry inside the laboratories of the ELCAT group, where participants will be able to put some of the theories seen in the lectures in practice. Afterwards, a dive into the electrochemical reaction engineering and all its practical issues is foreseen and this will be coupled with a company visit. Finally, two of the most widely investigated applications of electrochemistry will be discussed in more detail by renowned scientists in the field. Focus here will lay on the recycling of CO2 through the electrochemical reduction into valuable chemicals and hydrogen generation to be used as fuel.

As this topic also fits in the European Interreg E2C program, it guarantees the international nature of the winter school.

Ultimately, for those students wishing to earn 3 ECTS credits, a report will have to be written on the practical session and the company visit, which will be evaluated and graded by an academic jury.

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Study credits (ECTS)

3 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential. 

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.

Target group

The winter school is designed for PhD students or Master students in their last year with a background in engineering, chemistry or related somehow.