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
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-02-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in chemistry and physics, of which at least 20 credits chemistry, including Materials Chemistry 10 credits, or Introduction to Materials Engineering. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course 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: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Berg, Helena Batteries for electric vehicles : materials and electrochemistry

    Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, [2015]

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26