Electrochemistry education in the twenty-first century: the current landscape in the UK, challenges and opportunities

Kristy L. Turner, Robert Dryfe, Katherine B Holt, Siyuan He, Sofia Read, Jessica Blackburn , Nyeema Miah

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Abstract

lectrochemistry education of future researchers is crucial if we are to decarbonise economies and reach targets for net zero, and this arguably begins with education in electrochemistry within undergraduate degrees. This paper reviews the teaching of electrochemistry in UK universities at the undergraduate degree level. We review where and how electrochemical concepts are introduced into chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science programmes. We provide some motivation for this review, which was stimulated by discussions from a workshop on the 'Future of Fundamental Electrochemistry Research in the UK', held in 2022. We summarise briefly how consensus on UK degree programme course content has been reached and inconsistencies that remain. Electrochemistry curriculum content from a convenience sample of UK universities, and disciplines, has been collected and is summarised, with a reflection on some trends. Finally, we present some implications for policy. A roadmap is suggested to ensure that the teaching of electrochemical fundamentals is addressed in the curriculum at an appropriate level to underpin the many technically relevant applications of electrochemistry that graduates will encounter in their further education or employment
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Solid State Electrochemistry
Early online date18 Nov 2023
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

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