Department of Chemistry

When and who?

The next Winter School will be from 9 to 13 January 2017.

The next Summer School will be from 11 to 14 July 2017.

Places can be purchased at the University's web store.

To reserve a place or find out more information please contact Dr Frank Marken -


Winter and Summer Schools

Bath Electrochemistry Winter School

Electrochemical techniques have evolved rapidly in recent years, with computer-controlled instrumentation now the norm. It is therefore hardly surprising that the end-user, faced with a bewildering array of different techniques, can often be confused about the applicability and merits of different methods.

The objective of this course is to remove the mystery from practical electrochemistry with the help of a balanced programme of lectures and hands-on experiments. The course team has many years of experience running short courses of this type, and the course has been designed to be suitable for scientists who wish to use electro- chemical electro analytical and methods in a broader context than just academic research.

Strong emphasis is placed on small group teaching in the laboratory. The direct link between lectures and experiments enables participants to relate the basic concepts of electrochemistry to real systems.

Working in small groups, each supervised by a demonstrator, participants learn to use state-of-the-art instrumentation and to interpret the results that they obtain. Specially developed course materials and a course book are provided.

The number of participants will be limited in order to guarantee that all who take part have full access to the equipment.

Student bursaries are available for exceptional candidates.

This is a very popular course, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Bath Electrochemical Impedance Summer School

This highly popular short course provides a sound foundation in the theory and applications of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). It is based on small group teaching, with a strong emphasis on practical work. A unique feature of the course is the fact that 70% of the time is spent in the laboratory using the instrumentation under the guidance of course demonstrators.

The lectures introduce the principles underlying EIS methods, and the course material includes a mathematics workbook as well as Web-based learning support.

The practical sessions focus on a range of experiments that illustrate the principles and applications of EIS. By the end of the course, participants will be able to operate frequency response analysers and computer-controlled potentiostats as well as interpret and fit the data obtained using non-linear regression programs.

The course will also provide an introduction to a wider range of applications of frequency response analysis.

The number of participants will be limited in order to guarantee that all who take part have full access to the equipment.