In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, we faced the challenge of enabling students to have experimental practice during their home confinement in the elective course entitled “Electrochemical Processes and Corrosion” (BS in Chemical Engineering). The obvious limitation was the lack of apparatuses and materials. Cornejo purchased all the required items for the 32 registered students, assembled the kits, and hired a private driver to deliver them to their homes. This gave him an enormous amount of freedom. With the designed kit he and his students were able to complete 20-25 experiments in each semester. Cornejo will discuss some of them, especially those designed by the students themselves. The main areas covered were: Basic electrical circuits and measurements; Redox reactions; Energy generation and storage; Electroless and electrodeposition; Environmental electrochemistry; Water electrolysis, Organic electrochemistry; and Inorganic electrochemistry.
Jorge Ibáñez Cornejo is an emeritus professor of the Universidad Iberoamericana de México and a Fulbright Scholar. His research interests encompass electrochemistry, green chemistry and microscale chemistry. Cornejo completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral work in Physical Chemistry at the University of Houston and the Univesity of Texas, Austin. He was departmental chair for two periods at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) where he has been active since 1985. A visiting lecturer in the five continents, he is the author or coauthor of 11 books, 135 scientific papers, and two patents; he founded the Mexican Green and Microscale Chemistry Center in 1990. He has received 8 local, 2 national, and 2 international teaching and research awards. In addition to microscale chemistry, his interests include the electrochemical remediation of the environment, teaching experimental sciences to visually impaired students, and fostering the faith-science dialogue. He has been married to Luz Teresa Velasco for four decades. He is the father of Georgina and Lucía and grandfather of Pablo. He is an avid table tennis, volleyball and soccer player.