ENV-200 / 5 credits

Teacher(s): Kohn Tamar, von Gunten Urs

Language: English


Summary

This course provides students with an overview over the basics of environmental chemistry. This includes the chemistry of natural systems, as well as the fate of anthropogenic chemicals in natural systems. It enables students to apply general chemical concepts to natural systems.

Content

Keywords

carbonate system, alkalinity, partitioning, redox, speciation

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

General chemistry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Estimate pH of natural waters
  • Compute alkalinity in natural and engineered systems
  • Analyze partitioning behavior of organic pollutants
  • Analyze metal speciation
  • Formulate redox reactions for inorganic species

Teaching methods

Lecture ex cathedra, exercises

Expected student activities

participation in homework sessions

Assessment methods

40 % midterm exam during the semester, 60 % exam during exam session

Midterm exam on 4th November 2019.

Resources

Bibliography

  • Benjamin: Water Chemistry, McGraw Hill, 2002
  • Sigg, Behra, Stumm : Chimie des milieux aquatiques, Dunod, 2006
  • Bliefert, Perraud: Chimie de l'environnement, Boeck ed., 2004;
  • Schwarzenbach, Gschwend, Imboden : Environmental Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2003.

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

provided weekly via moodle

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Pollutants analysis in the environment, Ecotoxicology, Fate and behaviour of organic pollutants

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Environmental chemistry
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Environmental chemistry
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14ELA1CM4   
14-15ELA1   
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Tuesday, 13h - 15h: Lecture CM4

Monday, 13h - 14h: Lecture ELA1

Monday, 14h - 15h: Exercise, TP ELA1