Syllabus for Chemical Energy Storage

Kemisk energilagring


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB269
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N, Energy Technology A1N, Technology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-13
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits in chemistry and physics, of which at least 20 credits chemistry, including Materials Chemistry, 10 credits.
    English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to describe the importance of chemical energy storage and the function of systems for electrochemical energy conversion.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse and evaluate short and long term energy storage and the role of energy storage in the energy system as a whole,
  • explain and compare the function of batteries, fuel cells and super capacitors,
  • describe and explain the most important scientific and technical factors influencing electrochemical energy storage and conversion, 
  • discuss safety aspects and environmental issues, and motivate the choice of material for lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells, 
  • understand and present the content in scientific reports and articles.


Fundamental aspects related to energy storage and conversion, with focus on lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. Safety aspects, choise of materials, and experimental methods for evaluation and comparison of lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. ​Scientific and technical factors influencing electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Anode and cathode materials. Electrolyte aspects. Laboratory practical including for example analysis of charge- and discharge curves, polarisation, and impedance spectroscopy.


Lectures, in-depth discussions in a seminar format (mandatory), laboratory practical (mandatory).


Written exam at the end of the course (3 credits), seminars and laboratory practical (2 credits). All components of the course must be passed in order to receive a final grade. The final grade corresponds to an overall evaluation of the written exam and as well as the seminars and the laboratory practical.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2019

Research articles distributed during the course.