Kristopher McNeill: Katalogdaten im Frühjahrssemester 2021

Auszeichnung: Die Goldene Eule
NameHerr Prof. Dr. Kristopher McNeill
LehrgebietUmweltchemie
Adresse
Organische Umweltchemie
ETH Zürich, CHN F 31.2
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-Mailkristopher.mcneill@env.ethz.ch
URLhttp://www.envchem.ethz.ch
DepartementUmweltsystemwissenschaften
BeziehungOrdentlicher Professor

NummerTitelECTSUmfangDozierende
701-0420-01LPraktikum Biogeochemie7 KP14PL. Winkel, P. U. Lehmann Grunder, K. McNeill, M. H. Schroth, A. Voegelin
KurzbeschreibungDie Studierenden lernen wichtige physikalische, mikrobiologische und chemische Methoden kennen und wenden diese zuerst an, um biogeochemische Prozesse und Schadstoffverhalten in Böden zu erfassen. Danach erweitern die Studierenden ihr experimentelles Können bei kinetischen Versuchen zum Schadstoffabbau im Labor und bei Feldversuchen zur Bestimmung von Prozessraten in einem Fliessgewässer.
LernzielDie Studierenden sammeln praktische Erfahrung mit physikalischen, chemischen und mikrobiologischen Analysverfahren im Labor und im Feld. Sie lernen ihr theoretisches Wissen auf selber erhobene Analysedaten anzuwenden, hinterfragen diese kritisch und dokumentieren die Ergebnisse auf verständliche Weise.
SkriptMethodenbeschreibungen werden abgegeben.
701-1302-00LTerm Paper 2: Seminar Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Prerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L).

Only for Environmental Sciences MSc and Science, Technology and Policy MSc.
2 KP1SL. Winkel, M. Ackermann, K. Deiner, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Mitrano, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli
KurzbeschreibungThis class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of "Term Paper 1: Writing". The results from the term paper written during the previous term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed with the audience.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate (scientific) results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments.
InhaltEach student presents the results of their term paper to fellow students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience.
SkriptGuidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThere is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion.

To obtain the credits, it is mandatory to attend at least 60% of all seminar dates offered in the fall and spring semester. Active participation in discussion and feedback rounds is expected.
701-1303-00LTerm Paper 1: Writing Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Only for Environmental Sciences MSc and Science, Technology and Policy MSc.
5 KP6AL. Winkel, M. Ackermann, K. Deiner, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Mitrano, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, M. H. Schroth
KurzbeschreibungThe ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarise the information in a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practice this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper of scientific quality on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and to summarise the findings concisely in a paper addressing a research question.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- narrow down a research question.
- identify relevant literature to address the research question.
- concisely summarise and critically evaluate their findings.
- formulate key outstanding questions.
InhaltEach student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15-20 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the tutors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their tutors throughout the course.

The paper itself should contain the following elements:
- Motivation and context of the given topic (25%)
- Concise presentation and critical evaluation of the state of the science (50%)
- Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25%)

In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialised knowledge is not expected, nor required; neither is new research.
SkriptGuidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.
LiteraturOriginal scientific literature will be identified based on the chosen topic.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe term paper course is primarily aimed at master students majoring in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics and ISTP students with a solid background in natural sciences and a strong interest in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics.

Each students submits a term paper that will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of the term paper and a written review of another student's term paper are a condition for obtaining the credit points.

There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submitted review as well as on the presentation in the following term.

Results from the term paper will be presented to fellow students and involved faculty in the following semester ("Term Paper 2: Seminar").
701-1314-00LEnvironmental Organic Chemistry3 KP2VK. McNeill, T. Hofstetter, M. Sander
KurzbeschreibungThis course is focused on environmental transformation reactions of organic chemical contaminants. An overview of important fate processes of organic pollutants will be given, along with a discussion of the factors that determine pathways and rates of transformation reactions. Special emphasis will be given to redox transformations, photochemical reactions, and enzyme-catalyzed processes.
LernzielThe students will
- further their knowledge of important classes of environmentally relevant organic compounds
- become familiar with the tools for studying reaction mechanisms
- learn the fundamentals of environmental photochemistry
- obtain a detailed understanding of redox reactions of pollutants and biogeochemically important species
- get a survey of important enzymatic transformations
- learn to critically evaluate published data
Inhalt- Methods and tools used in the study of reaction mechanisms and kinetics
- Environmental photochemistry, including direct and indirect photolysis
- Redox properties of important environmental phases and redox reactions of organic pollutants
- Enzyme-catalyzed reactions involved in environmentally important enzymatic processes
SkriptMaterials that are needed beyond the required text will be distributed in the lecture.
LiteraturSchwarzenbach, R.P., P.M. Gschwend, and D.M. Imboden. Environmental Organic Chemistry. 3rd Ed. Wiley, New York (2016).
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesIntroduction to Environmental Organic Chemistry, Bachelor 5th semester, M. Sander, K. McNeill
701-1350-00LCase Studies in Environment and Health4 KP2VK. McNeill, T. Julian, M. Scheringer
KurzbeschreibungThis course will focus on a few individual chemicals and pathogens from different standpoints: their basic chemistry or biology, their environmental behavior, (eco)toxicology, and human health impacts. The course will draw out the common points in each chemical or pathogen's history.
LernzielThis course aims to illustrate how the individual properties of chemicals and pathogens along with societal pressures lead to environmental and human health crises. The ultimate goal of the course is to identify common aspects that will improve prediction of environmental crises before they occur. Students are expected to participate actively in the course, which includes the critical reading of the pertinent literature and class presentations.
InhaltEach class will feature the case study of a different chemical or pathogen that have had a profound effect on human health and the environment. The instructors will present eight to ten of these and the students will present a poster on their own pollutant or pathogen in groups of two. Students will be expected to contribute to the in class discussions and, on their selected topics, to lead the discussion.
SkriptHandouts will be provided as needed.
LiteraturHandouts will be provided as needed.