Analytical ChemistryAssesement Week 9
As a scientist, it is important to be able to independently study topics that are of interest to you.
Electrochemistry has many applications and societal impacts. For this quiz, identify a topic of interest to
you. Read a paper from the references provided. Your primary paper must be one of the references
suggested or obtain permission from the instructor. You are encouraged to use other sources to understand
your primary source but must cite your sources. I suggest to start with chemistry textbooks and papers, but
it is fine to use other sources to understand key concepts (i.e. Wikipedia, Kahn academy videos). You are
permitted to discuss papers with your classmates, but must write your own answers. Ask the professor,
TAs, or peer leaders if you need help! Do not quote directly from the article or any other source.
1. Cite the primary reference here, including the article title. Use a proper citation method, (the
citation as written in the book is a good start!)
2. Describe the article in ~1 page. Include why it is important and a general description of the topic.
Include a thorough explanation of the electrochemistry involved. For some topics, there may be
multiple electrochemical systems described. You should select one area to focus on. If you are
describing an experiment, you should clearly describe experimental setup, how experiments are
run, the type of data collected, and how data is analyzed. If you are describing a technology, you
should fully explain how the technology works, what purpose it serves, and the strengths and
weaknesses of the approach. Your description should support the images described in points 3 &
3. Draw a model of at least one electrochemical system or setup. Please draw it yourself, rather than
pasting a picture. It is OK if it is very similar to the original picture, but be sure to cite your source.
Often it is better to prepare a simpler version of a figure in a paper. You may use photographs of
a device or similar images from a paper in addition to your drawn schematic.
4. Be sure to include the chemistry that is involved in your system. Include chemical reactions, the
identity of reagents, etc. You can simplify this information to include only the most critical
compounds. You can also simplify structures as desired (i.e. if there is a large protein or polymer).
5. Describe why you chose the article.
6. Cite any additional references, again using proper formats. (Do not cite journal articles by just the
7. If you want to work with a partner, please plan to write 2 pages. Be sure to submit a single entry
in gradescope as a group assignment.
A list of topics can be found here: