C2003 Environmental chemistry

Faculty of Science
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/1. 2 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Aikaterini Kademoglou, PhD. (lecturer)
Lisa Emily Melymuk, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Roman Prokeš, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Chiara Maria Vitale, PhD (seminar tutor)
Ana Maria Miralles Marco, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Lisa Emily Melymuk, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Mon 1. 3. to Fri 14. 5. Tue 13:00–14:50 D29/252-RCX1
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
Course objectives
After this course, students should be able to:
- understand the global environmental problems
- understand relations between the chemical structure of chemical substances, their physical-chemical properties and their fate in the environment
- understand the impact of environment properties on the fate of chemicals
- interpret the environmental fate of chemical substances, their environmental transport, interphase transport, phase equilibria and environmental biotic and abiotic transformation
- characterize properties of environmental compartments (atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, biosphere) and combine this knowledge with the presence and fate of chemical compounds in these compartments
- understand problems related to pollution of environmental compartments from natural and anthropogenic sources
- describe basic properties of these selected pollutants, their occurrence, sources, long-range transport, and hazards
- describe and discuss legislation and policy of these compounds and international conventions
- describe purposes and principles of the activities focused on screening and monitoring of presence of antropogenic chemicals in the environment
- understand 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
  • Chemicals in the environment – definitions, basic approaches.
  • Fate of chemicals in the environment – transport, transformation. Environmental interface and chemical equilibrium. Parameters characterizing the properties of substances and environmental properties.
  • Basic characteristics, problems and environmental chemistry of environmental compartments – atmosphere, soil, sediment, water. Air, water and soil pollution.
  • Environmental transport of chemicals in air, water, soils and biota. Abiotic environmental equilibria (air-water, air-soil, air-biota, deposition, sorption, water-solid phase, leaching, runoff …).
  • Models of environmental distribution of chemicals. Multimedia models.
  • Environmental contamination. Main groups of environmental pollutants (persistent organic pollutants, toxic metals, volatile organic compounds, detergents, phthalates, pesticides) – basic characteristics, sources, and hazards.
  • Environmental monitoring: purpose and principles, international measures and programs. Conceptual approaches in environmental analytical chemistry.
  • Sampling methods for air, atmospheric deposition, water, sediment, soil and biota.
  • • Analytical techniques for the sample extraction, clean-up, fractionation and quantification of the environmental samples.
  • International conventions and activities focused on environmental substances. New approaches in chemistry, green chemistry, sustainable chemistry.
  • SCHWARZENBACH, René P., P. M. GSCHWEND and Dieter M. IMBODEN. Environmental organic chemistry. 2nd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience, 2003. xiii, 1313. ISBN 0471357502. info
  • HITES, R. A. Elements of environmental chemistry. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Intersicence, 2007. xiii, 204. ISBN 9780471998150. info
  • BEARD, James M. Environmental chemistry in society. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, 2009. xvii, 345. ISBN 9781420080254. info
Teaching methods
Education is performed as weekly lectures with Powerpoint presentation. Students are asked questions and they are encouraged to disscuss the topics.
Assessment methods
Attendance of the lectures is not mandatory but strongly recommended to exploit potential of the interactive approach. Course is evaluated through a written project submitted at the end of the semester and an written examination held during the examination period.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught each semester.
General note: www.recetox.muni.cz.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, spring 2012 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, autumn 2017, spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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