Syllabus for Semiconductor Electrochemistry - Molecular Solar Cells and Photocatalysis

Halvledarelektrokemi - molekylära solceller och fotokatalys

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FY250
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-01-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Basic knowledge in atom and molecular physics or physical chemistry.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • be able to explain the basic characteristics of semiconductor / electrolyte and semiconductor / molecule interfaces, using, for instance, suitable energy diagrams.
  • be able to discuss processes occurring at such interfaces, specifically those related to solar energy conversion in molecular solar cells and those related to photocatalysis.
  • be able to give design rules for specific applications of semiconductor electrochemistry.
  • be acquainted with several experimental techniques for investigation of such interfaces as well as be able to explain one of these techniques in detail to peers, These techniques include impedance spectroscopy, laser flash photolysis, transient photocurrent and photovoltage techniques, electron spectroscopy.


1. Principles of semiconductors
2. Semiconductor surfaces and solid-solid junctions
3. Basic electrochemical systems
4. Semiconductor electrolyte interface
5. Electron transfer reactions at surfaces
6. Dye-sensitisation and photocatalysis
7. Nanoparticles and nanostructured systems
8. Semiconducting molecular materials


Lectures with exercises. Tutorials with specific problems. Laboratory exercises.


Written home examination, compulsory laboratory exercises (1 credit). 
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

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