Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2016

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences

First Advisor

Strohmer, Gerhard

Second Advisor

Leddy, Johna

First Committee Member

Strohmer, Gerhard

Second Committee Member

Leddy, Johna

Third Committee Member

Ayati, Bruce

Fourth Committee Member

Atkinson, Kendall

Fifth Committee Member

Merlino, Robert


The fundamental process that lies at the foundation of batteries, capacitors, and solar cells is the electron transfer process. This takes place at an interface or boundary in each device and is governed by its corresponding chemical reaction. Making these devices more efficient can help decrease our negative impact on the environment. Recent experiments in the field of Electrochemistry demonstrate that sound waves act as a catalyst for these electron transfer reactions. A model is developed using an Euler equation (conservation of momentum), conservation of mass equation, boundary motion equation, and surface tension equation. Chemically, it is clear that the catalytic phenomenon is derived from the sound waves and how they are affected by the top boundary. When combining these four equations we arrive at a boundary condition involving the top boundary only. We place this condition and the other contributing boundary and initial conditions on the wave equation to understand the interaction that occurs between the waves and the cell. We establish a self-adjoint operator and further use its inverse. Overall, using the Variational form and the Galerkin Method an approximation converges to the solution of the wave equation. With the help of MATLAB these eigenfunctions can be articulated as standing waves.


Eigenvalue, Electrochemistry


x, 112 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 112).


Copyright 2016 Jeffrey K. Landgren