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Materials and devices for energy harvesting and storage

Code: FIS5003     Acronym: FIS5003

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2020/2021 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Engineering Physics
Course/CS Responsible: Master's Degree in Physical Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MI:EF 12 study plan from 2017/18 5 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Helena Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira 1,00
Maria Helena Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga 2,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 1,00
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira 1,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The need to free modern society from fossil energy is now evident and a rapid transition to alternative energy sources is taking place. In this course we will introduce the basic principles of operation of the current most appelative energy storage devices. Among others, the physical principles of the operation of super capacitors, fuel cells and batteries will be analyzed, with a deeper study of batteries as the main course topic. Among the most appealing energy storage solutions of the last five years are solid state batteries, on which the experimental component of this course will focus.


Learning outcomes and competences

Students who complete this course should: 1) Have acquired knowledge of the basic physical operating principles of some of the most important energy storage devices, their limitations and possible solutions. 2) Understand the physical principles of operation of a solid state battery and in particular of a ferroelectric glass solid state electrolyte. 3) Have acquired experimental experience on the assembly of different cell architectures with a solid state electrolyte and on the analysis of their electrochemical properties, with different diagnostic techniques such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry.


Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Students should have attended basic Mathematics and Physics subjects of any Engineering or Physics corses.



Physical principles of the operation of capacitors and ultra capacitors, fuel cells and batteries.

Materials for energy storage devices: solid state electrolytes.

Analysis of different solid state battery architectures.

Electrochemical analysis techniques: electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry, among others.

Construction of different solid state battery architectures and analysis of their electrochemical properties.


Mandatory literature

ChriChristian Julien, Alain Mauger, Ashok Vijh, Karim Zaghib; Lithium Batteries, Springer
Robert A. Huggins; Advanced batteries, Springer
Zhengcheng Zhang, Sheng Shui Zhang; Rechargeable Batteries Materials, Technologies and New Trends
Vladimir S, Bagatosky Alexander, M. Skundin, Yuru M. Volfovich; ELECTROCHEMICAL POWER SOURCES
David Linden and Thomas B. Reddy; LINDEN’S HANDBOOK OF BATTERIES, McGraw-Hill

Teaching methods and learning activities

The lectures will have a theoretical component, complemented by exercises resolution and experimental work in the laboratory.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 10,00
Elaboração de projeto 15,00
Estudo autónomo 56,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Trabalho laboratorial 25,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

In order to obtain the frequency, students must have completed the proposed assignments that constitute the distributed evaluation component.


Students who have already obtained attendance in previous years will be able to choose to carry out the work and examination, or alternatively only by final exam, which will correspond to their final classification.

Calculation formula of final grade


FC - Final classification

AD - Ongoing evaluation

The ongoing evaluation consists in the elaboration of a written work (60%) and its oral presentation followed by individual discussion (40%).

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)


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