Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry has existed for more than 80 years, during which members of the Department participated in various aspects of teaching, scientific research and professional work, cooperation with industry and international cooperation.

Department provides instruction in a large number of subjects at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral studies. All the students of our Faculty at the undergraduate level attend some of the courses in physical chemistry (Physical Chemistry 1, Physical Chemistry 2 or Physical Chemistry) and also, depending on the study program, Colloid chemistry, Electrochemistry, Corrosion, Fundamentals of electrochemical engineering, Electrochemical technologies, Electrochemical power sources, Metallic coatings, Nonmetallic coatings, Surface engineering, Characterization of polymers and Phase equilibrium and transformation of polymeric materials.

Some of the subjects that students can choose during master studies are Kinetics of electrochemical reactions, Alternative energy sources, Protective coatings and Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, while doctoral students are offered Chemical kinetics, Electrochemical kinetics and methods of measurement, Electrocatalysis, Advances in electrochemical engineering, Galvanization, Electrodeposition of polymer and bioceramic coatings, Physical chemistry of polymers, Advances in macromolecule characterization and Polymer blends.

In addition to the students of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, the Department teaches Physical chemistry course for the U.S. Military Technical Academy.

Content of the courses and teaching methods are constantly modernized and students are provided with textbooks, handbooks and scripts as aid in learning.

In their research work, members of the Department are engaged in various areas of electrochemistry and physical chemistry. About 50 years ago, the Department has begun the study of electrochemical kinetics and other theoretical and applied aspects of the kinetics of electrochemical reactions, thereby creating the world recognized Belgrade electrochemical school. Significant contributions are given in electrocatalysis, electrocrystallization of metals and morphology of metal deposits, electrochemical power sources, electrophoretic deposition of polymer coatings, as well as in electrochemical engineering and electrochemical production technologies. Over the past years, nanocatalysts supported on carbon and oxide materials for application in low-temperature fuel cell with polymer electrolyte are extensively tested and developed and their electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction and the oxidation of hydrogen, methanol, ethanol, and formic acid is investigated. Members of the Department are involved in fundamental and practical problems of corrosion and corrosion protection by cathodic protection, metal and non-metallic coatings. The field of physical chemistry of polymers, especially the kinetics of polymerization of various vinyl monomers and the kinetics of depolymerization of some natural and synthetic polymers has also been in the focus of the research. The polymer blends, electrically conductive polymers for energy conversion and accumulation, anti-corrosion protection and electrochemical sensors as well as polymer nanocomposites with the surface modified nanoparticles are also investigated. In addition, recent studies have focused on generating new biomaterials for applications in medicine by using electrophoretic deposition of bioceramic coatings on the surface of titanium bone implants and electrochemical synthesis of polymer nanocomposites with silver nanoparticles as the soft tissue implants and antimicrobial wound dressings.

Such a wide range of interests of members of the Department provides great opportunities for students of all levels of studies for inclusion in the scientific research and development of master's theses and doctoral dissertations. We should also point out a numerous scientific papers published in international journals as well as monographs and chapters in books. This is all achieved with the continuous cooperation with colleagues from the Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research, Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinca” and the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA through various national and international research projects.

During the specialization of the members of the Department, contacts have been established with a reputable name in many foreign universities, such as Prof. J.O.M. Bockris from Texas A & M University (USA), Prof. E. Yeager and Prof. R.F Savinell from Case Western Reserve University (USA), Dr. P.N. Ross and Dr. N. Markovic from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), Prof. B.E Conway from the University of Ottawa (Canada), Prof. R. Parsons from the University of Southampton (UK), Prof. W. Vielstich from the University of Bonn (Germany) , Prof. M.D Lechner from the University of Osnabrueck (Germany), Prof. P.L Bonora from the University of Trento (Italy), Prof. S. Trassati from the University of Milan (Italy), Prof. K.Y. Rhee from Kyung Hee University, Seoul (South Korea), Prof. W. Chao from Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou (China) , Prof. H. Ma of Shandong University, Jinan (China), Prof. X. Cui from Fudan University, Shanghai (China), Prof. I. Mihailescu from the National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest (Romania), Prof. T. Stevanović from Laval University (Canada) and Dr. I Milošev from the Jožef Štefan Institute (Slovenia).

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