Metal Air Batteries Técnico Lisboa

Enrollment is Closed

Target audience

This course is intended for Master students and researchers with special interest in energy storage.

Main goals

  • Understand the working principle of a metal-air battery;
  • Recognize the main applications of metal-air batteries;
  • Identify the components of a metal-air battery and their function;
  • Identify the different metals that can be used in a metal-air battery and compare their advantages and drawbacks.


  • Basic knowledge on thermodynamics and electrochemistry.


Topic 1

  • components of a metal-air battery;
  • Zinc-air battery model;
  • Applications of metal-air batteries.

Topic 2

  • Different metals used as anode: characteristics, advantages and drawbacks;
  • Oxygen as the cathode reactant;
  • Different types of electrolyte.

Topic 3

  • Charge and discharge phenomena;
  • Triple electrode batteries;
  • The future of metal-air batteries in energy storage.

Pedagogical strategies

This course is organized in three main topics, and each topic will take one week. The topics include videos that will be complemented with support notes. The course also includes a discussion forum in which the participants can ask questions to the tutors and share ideas with the peers.

Assessment methods

At the end of each topic there is a quiz to be answered in order to allow the progress to the next lesson. Each set of quizzes at the end of each video has a weight of 10% in your final grade. At the end of the course there is a final assessment composed of a peer review exercise and case study that allows students to use the knowledge acquired during the course in a real-world exercise. The peer review has a weight of 20% as well as the case study, giving a 40% weight in the final grade for the final assessment.


M.F. Montemor

M.F. Montemor

Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Department of Chemical Engineering and Vice president for academic Affairs. She is the actual coordinator of the course “energy storage” and member of the executive Committee of the Master Programme in Energy engineering and Management.

Her scientific activity focusses the development of new functional coatings for surface protection and for energy conversion and storage. One of her most relevant research line includes metal compound redox conductive coatings for energy storage in supercapacitor applications.

She aims at finding new solutions for advanced electrochemical energy storage applications and she drives an electric car that is charged with renewable energy in her farm in the country side.

Sónia Eugénio

Sónia Eugénio

Assistant Professor at Atlântica - School of Management Sciences, Health, IT & Engineering where she teaches several bachelor and master-level courses on Materials Engineering. She is also involved with EIT InnoEnergy in the development of online educational contents in the field of Battery Storage.

She is a researcher in Centro de Química Estrutural at IST and her scientific activity focus on the development and characterization of new active materials for supercapacitors and hydrogen production through electrochemical methods.

She is a running and cycling enthusiast and drives her bicycle to work whenever she can.

Joana Madeira

Joana Madeira

Joana Madeira has a Degree in Materials Engineering and a Master in Corrosion Science at Instituto Superior Técnico. She is a researcher at Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering Group (Centro de Química Estrutural IST) since 2014 in the field of Aluminium Corrosion. In 2018 started to focus her work on the field of Energy Storage, namely in developing an online course on Battery Storage.

Passionate about Science and Engineering she has found in Energy Storage an exciting and promising subject to dedicate herself 100%.

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The following course and its contents are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The videos shown in this course were recorded in studio by FCCN.

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  2. Classes Start

    Mar 17, 2020
  3. Classes End

    Apr 30, 2020
  4. Enrollment Start Date

    Mar 09, 2020
  5. Enrollment End Date

    Mar 30, 2020
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