Master’s studies

Syllabus for Chemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Kemisk energiomvandling och energilagring

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1KB352
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1F, Technology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-12-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2018
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 90 credits in chemistry. Photochemistry, 10 credits, and 5 credits of advanced electrochemistry.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • discuss the principles behind energy conversion in solar cells and solar fuel systems.
  • discuss different methods for solar fuel production.
  • explain the conditions for photobiological fuel production, and discuss strategies for enhancing the photosynthetic yield.
  • explain the function of different kinds of solar cells and their mechanisms for charge separation.
  • perform measurements and calculations of efficiency and quantum yield forsolar cells.
  • explain the different functions and fields of application of various kinds of batteries, the importance of the material chemistry for their function, as well as their role in the energy system.
  • describe the present research challenges in the field of chemical energy conversion and storage.
  • present, both in writingand orally, a relevant research topic for different audiences.


A. Photobiology and photobiochemistry
Artificial photosynthesis, catalysts for solar fuel production , genetic modification of photosynthetic organisms, photobiological fuel production.

B. Solar cells
Principles for conversion of solar energy to electricity, fundamental calculations and measurement of efficiency of solar cells, different solar cell technologies (inorganic, inorganic, hybrid), charge separation and transport.

C. Batteries
Electrochemical processes in different batteries, battery materials (bulk, interfaces and nanoproperties), safety and reliability of batteries.

E. Individual assignment
Individual project (consisting of laboratory practice or literature study) including oral and written report.


Lectures, tutorials, problem solving classes, demonstrations, seminars, projects and laboratory exercises.


Written examination (10 credits) at the end of the course. The laboratory course and seminars correspond to 1 credit, and the project correspond to 4 credits. The final grade corresponds to a weighted sum of all of these components.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.