E2220 Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Faculty of Science
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Kuta, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Roman Prokeš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Mon 1. 3. to Fri 14. 5. Mon 9:00–10:50 D29/252-RCX1
NOW ( E2221 Env Analytical Chem - Pr )
Introductory course on Analytical Chemistry or an equivalent
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to get an overview and good orientation in environmental analytical chemistry of organic and inorganic pollutants. The aim is to provide a quality information bases that will enable students to design and compare different methods for sampling, processing and analyzing of environmental samples.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- describe a purpose and principles of the activities focused on screening and monitoring a presence of antropogenic chemicals in the environment.
- discuss differences between various groups of organic pollutants. - select the best methods for the individual groups of chemicals.
- distinguish between specific sampling methods for determination of volatile, non-volatile, polar and non-polar compounds in air, water, sediment, soil and biota.
- review the analytical techniques for the sample preparation, clean-up and fractionation.
- compare the separation and identification techniques and their applicability for determination of various organic chemicals in the environmental samples.
- illustrate their specificity on the major groups of organic compounds polluting the environment.
- introduce the quality assurance/quality control measures. - understand the whole concept of chemical analysis of the environmental samples.
- characterize the specific problems of this field. - interpret the analytical results.
  • A. Introduction to environmental analytical chemistry
  • 1. Environmental monitoring: purpose and principles, international measures and programs
  • 2. Specific problems of the environmental analysis
  • 3. Sampling methods for air (gas and particles), atmospheric deposition (wet and dry), water, sediment, soil and biota
  • 4. Quality assurance/quality control measures, interpretation of the analytical data
  • B. Analytical chemistry of organic pollutants
  • 1. Analytical techniques for the sample extraction (solvent extraction, liquid-liquid extraction, extraction on the solid phase, head-space, purge-and-trap), clean-up and fractionation of the environmental samples
  • 2. Review of the separation and identification techniques with the special focus on chromatography (applications of the gas, liquid and gel permeation chromatography) and mass spectroscopy (electromagnetic sector, quadrupole, ion trap analyzers)
  • 3. Application of the above-discussed techniques for determination of the most important groups of environmental pollutants (polychlorinated biphenyls, organochlorine pesticides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, volatile hydrocarbons)
  • B. Analytical chemistry of inorganic pollutants
  • 1. Toxic elements in water, soil, sediment, air and biological matrices. Techniques of extraction and decomposition of samples (open vessel decomposition, pressured decomposition, microwave assisted decomposition ...). Detection of elements by atomic spectrometry techniques (AAS, ICP techniques, NAA, RTG fluorescence ...). Speciation analysis. Practical aspects of elemental analysis.
  • 2.Water analysis - water pH values and their measurements, carbonate balance, dissolved and undissolved substances, neutralization capacity, chemical and biochemical consumption of oxygen. Determination of anions in water (titration, spectrophotometry, ion selective electrodes, electromigration methods, ion chromatography).
  • 3. Air analysis - determination of sulfur compounds, nitrogen compounds, ammonia, ozone and CO. Chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols.
  • FIFIELD, F. W. and P. J. HAINES. Environmental Analytical Chemistry. (Eds.). London: Blackie Academic & Professional, 1995. ISBN 0-7514-0052-1. info
  • SKOOG, Douglas A. and James J. LEARY. Principles of instrumental analysis. 4th ed. Fort Worth: Saunders College Publishing, 1992. xii, 700 s. ISBN 0-03-023343-7. info
Teaching methods
Course is organized in weekly interactive lessons. Powerpoint presentations are available to students.
Assessment methods
lecture, written test, oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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