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Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, FC

  • 15 credits

This course gives you an overview of environmental chemical and environmental toxicological concepts. You learn about use, properties, distribution, abiotic transformation and metabolism of organic contaminants. Furthermore, you learn about the chemical reactions of inorganic compounds in natural waters and the atmospheric composition and processes.

The course is designed to provide a fundamental survey of concepts and definitions in Environmental Chemistry. The course will give a fundamental survey of different types of organic contaminants: production/sources, use, properties, distribution, abiotic transformation, metabolism and chemical analysis. Some methods for analysis of environmental contaminants will be presented. Furthermore, the course will give a basic survey of chemical reactions of inorganic compounds in natural waters; thermodynamics, kinetics and chemical equilibrium in nature; inorganic environmental chemistry, especially the sources of heavy metals, their distribution and potential health risks and environmental hazards. The course will also give a basic survey of atmospheric composition and processes: ozone chemistry of the stratosphere, photochemistry of the troposphere, atmospheric particles, cloud chemistry. Sources, transport, chemistry, deposition and effects of atmospheric contaminants; greenhouse gases and climate change.

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.