Electrochemical Energy Storage

By Prof. Subhasish Basu Majumder   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 237
This course illustrates the diversity of applications for secondary batteries and the main characteristics required of them in terms of storage. The introductory module introduces the concept of energy storage and also briefly describes about energy conversion. A module is also devoted to present useful definitions and measuring methods used in electrochemical storage. Subsequent modules are devoted to teach students the details of Li ion batteries, sodium ion batteries, supercapacitors, lithium – air, and lithium - sulphur batteries. Separate modules are also devoted to describe lithium reserves, extraction and recycling of Li ion batteries. Finally, other types of batteries including redox – flow batteries are described in a separate module. The course is divided into twelve modules each contains five half an hour lectures. Each module lectures is self contained to encourage student understanding and reinforce key concepts. Carefully designed problem set will help students to grasp the underlying concepts taught in the course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : 3rd or Final year UG and 1st Semester PG/Ph.D students studying Matallurgical and Materials Engineering/Materials Science/Ceramic Technology/Electrical Engineering/Energy Science/Nanotechnology (as one of the  open elective courses) 
PRE-REQUISITES    : High school knowledge in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics are required. Knowledge on undergraduate level electrochemistry is a plus.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Tata Steel R&D,Tata Motors,Amara Raja Batteries Limited,Various CSIR Labs

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
  • Energy and Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to electrochemical energy storage and conversion
Week 2:Definitions and measuring methods
Week 3:Lithium batteries
Week 4:Basic components in Lithium – ion batteries: Electrodes, Electrolytes, and collectors
Week 5:Characteristics of commercial lithium ion cells
Week 6:Sodium ion rechargeable cell
Week 7:Introduction to battery pack design
Week 8:Advanced materials and technologies for supercapacitors
Week 9:Li – Air batteries
Week 10:Li – Sulphur batteries
Week 11:Li resources and recycling of Li ion batterie
Week 12:Other types of batteries

Books and references

1.Lithium batteries and other electrochemical storage systems, Christian Glaize and Sylvie Geniès (ISTE and Wiley) 
2.The handbook of lithium – ion battery pack design: Chemistry, components, types and terminology, John Warner (Elsevier) 
3.Electrochemical energy: Advanced materials and technologies , Edited by J Zhang (CRC press)

Instructor bio

Prof. Subhasish Basu Majumder

IIT Kharagpur
Dr Subhasish Basu Majumder is presently working as a Professor at the Materials Science Center, IIT Kharagpur. He completed his B. Tech in Ceramic Technology from the Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, Kolkata in the year 1988. Subsequently he obtained his M. Tech and Ph.D degree in Materials Science from IIT Kanpur in the year of 1990 and 1997 respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as a research faculty at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, USA. As an Alexander von Humboldt fellow he has also worked at RWTH Aachen, Germany. His research encompasses a wide spectrum of ceramic materials including sensors, rechargeable batteries, cementitious composites etc. Till date, 25 students have been awarded M. Tech and 14 students have been awarded Ph.D degree under his supervision. He has published more than 175 peer reviewed papers in various journals of National and International repute. He filed 4 Indian patents and one patent has already been granted. His present research is supported by various grants of National importance including IMPRINT (MHRD and DRDO), NNetRA (MHRD, DST, and MeiTy), UAY, SERB – DST etc. He has h – index 43 with more than 5580 google scholar citation. He is the recipient of MRSI medal and a fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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