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Electrochemical Systems, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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"...a solid, well-rounded discussion of the principal aspects of electrochemistry and is well suited for use as a graduate-level textbook. Also, it will make a valuable personal library addition for the corrosion professional..." (Corrosion, December 2005)

"Newman obviously has extensive experience in electrochemistry, as evidenced by his sophisticated treatment of the subject in this volume." (Journal of Metals Online, March 8, 2005)

"…it will be a useful to anyone involved in the practice of electrochemistry…highly recommended." (CHOICE, November 2004)

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Theoretical treatment of electrochemistry for advanced courses and Professional Reference. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 3 edition (May 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471477567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471477563
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Xiao Hu on April 12, 2010
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This is the BEST book on electrochemistry especially if you are interested in modeling. While it provides the most accurate description on the subject, it is hard to read. This has already been pointed out by other reviewers. But if you are doing modeling, you have to have the accurate understanding of the subject rather than just a good idea that other books could provide.

This book is hard to read because it is precise and because one needs quite a lot of background before appreciating its content. As pointed out by the book itself, the subject is an interplay of heat/mass transfer, fluid dynamics, kinetics, and thermodynamics. For me, the most difficult part is the thermodynamics and the book has the best and most accurate desciption on electrochemical potential, which is a thermodynamic concept. If you are not already comfortable with chemical potential, activity, and fugacity, you will find it hard to appreciate some the arguments made by Newman. This applies to other aspects but I myself have adquate background on those and do not struggle as much.

For books of this level, do not expect to understand everything the first time. I have read some chapters quite a few times. And I got new understanding each time I read it.

I wish the book could provide answers to some of the problems at the end of each chapter. For self-learners like myself, it is important to practice some problems to enhance the understanding.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Xue on March 17, 2011
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My background is electrical engineering and one day I had to study Newman's book for battery modeling. It seems hard to read at first glance. Nevertheless, for me this is due to a lack of background in thermodynamics, physical chemistry, as well as electrochemistry. After studying various books on thermodynamics, P. W. Atkins' physical chemistry (only the relevant contents) as well as the electrochemistry book by Carl H. Hamann, Andrew Hamnett and Wolf Vielstich (I recommend that book for self study on electrochemistry), I became much more comfortable of Newman's ideas and interpretation. In Chapters 11, 12 and 13, Newman let the readers do some of the detailed mathematical derivation steps (he did not give the detailed math since this book should be regarded as a standard classic in the field, rather than lecture notes), and I spent a lot of time in carrying out the procedure. No pains, no gains. I even believe that the self-derivation is a good homework in order to strengthen the students' mathematical ability in modeling. Then I turned to love this book and the more I read it, the more I love it. I love the clear concepts and most of my questions are answered by Newman just at the correct moment. It is good for theroretical modeling in the field of electrochemistry and hardly can one find a comparable book in the clarity and completeness of theoretical concepts in electrochemistry (Bard's book is more experimental-oriented). Newman's thought is deep and the application of his work has led to many succesful progress in battery modeling, as can be seen from various theoretical papers on J. Electrochem. Soc. using his theory. I thank Prof. Newman for doing this excellent work for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Milroy on February 28, 2010
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This is the most accessible electrochemical engineering text that I have seen and is a great companion for Bard's Electrochemical Methods textbook. The material is presented in a very understandable fashion.
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I bought Electrochemical Systems as a complement to Professor Newman's papers on current distribution. As some others have said, the book is hard to understand, although for me, that is due to the difficulty of the subject matter. If you want to derive some of the equations yourself, plan to fill in a lot of the steps (though this is quite typical for any text or paper). With so few steps shown, it will really stretch your understanding to see how the process unfolds.

One thing that I really like about this book is that at the end of each chapter, before the references, they have compiled a list of the notation used in that chapter. That means you don't have to flip to the front of the book and try to find the symbols in a table for the whole book - instead, they are close by at the end of the chapter and narrowed down by what appears in that chapter. I noticed that Dr. Newman does this in his publications as well (at least the ones I have seen). I find this improves the readability quite a bit.

Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand the mathematical and physical basis of electrochemistry.
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This text is very complete - as far as general electrochemistry is concerned. I wish that it did a better job of outlining the electrochemical phenomena specific to applications; so corrosion - here's what happens, batteries... , fuel cells... , electroplating... , modelling... etc. As it stands, you have to be pretty familiar with exactly what is occuring in the specific research space - making it only useful for the occasional mental refresher, equation double-check or as a door stop. I did find that electrochemical expressions were clearly laid out, and that there were mathematical derivations. It is not the best for battery/ fuel cell research.
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