Course: Enviromental Chemistry

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Course title Enviromental Chemistry
Course code KCH/CHZP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Müllerová Jana, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Šedlbauer Josef, prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Physico-chemical processes affecting the movement of chemicals in the environment: diffusion, distribution equilibrium, adsorption, decomposition. Chemical transformation in the environment by photochemical and microbial processes, hydrolysis and redox reactions. Distribution of chemicals in soil, leaching from soil, evaporation of chemicals into the atmosphere. Program of lectures: 1. Movement of chemicals and their distribution in the environment: parameters of the "environmental compartments" model, thermodynamic description and data sources 2. Wet and dry atmospheric deposition, precipitation equilibrium with acid-forming oxides 3. Solubility of gases 4. Solubility of solids and liquids in water 5. Dissolution of gases associated with the chemical reaction - CO2 and the formation of carbonates 6. Movement of contaminants in soils and sediments 7. Bioaccumulation model in food chains 8. Distribution of chemicals in the environment with the inclusion of degradation processes 9. Kinetic model of biological wastewater treatment 10. Non-equilibrium distribution of chemicals in the environment - diffusion 11. Landfill leaching, examples of remediation procedures 12. Summary: data, models and estimation methods for environmental contamination distributions calculations 13. Seminar project assignment 14. Consultation on the seminar project The lecture is accompanied by a computational exercise in which applications of theoretical knowledge are practiced.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Written assignment presentation and defence
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 90 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Master: introduction to inorganic and organic chemistry with emphasis to reactions, processes and compounds routinely occurring in environment like natural compounds or routine pollutants. Understanding of component circulation, including nutrients, gases, soluble compounds and their interactions. Description of basic pollutants, their migration and fate in environment and methods for remediation are also mentioned.
Students will acquire the basic knowledge and practical experiences in environmental chemistry.
knowledge of high school chemistry

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, Written assignment

Credit: elaborated and defended project, score of the result is included in the exam (max. 20%) Exam: written
Recommended literature
  • Heintz A., Reinhardt G. Chemie a životní prostředí. VŠCHT Praha, 1993.
  • Mackay, D. Multimedia Environmental Models. CRC Press, 2001.
  • Manahan S.E. Environmental Chemistry. CRC Press, 2004.
  • Thibodeaux, L.J. Environmental Chemodynamics. J. Wiley, 1995.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies Study plan (Version): Nanomaterials (2013) Category: Special and interdisciplinary fields - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter