701-1314-00L  Environmental Organic Chemistry

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersK. McNeill, T. Hofstetter, M. Sander
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1314-00 VEnvironmental Organic Chemistry2 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00CHN G 42 »
K. McNeill, T. Hofstetter, M. Sander

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AbstractThis 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.
ObjectiveThe 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
Content- 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
Lecture notesMaterials that are needed beyond the required text will be distributed in the lecture.
LiteratureSchwarzenbach, R.P., P.M. Gschwend, and D.M. Imboden. Environmental Organic Chemistry. 3rd Ed. Wiley, New York (2016).
Prerequisites / NoticeIntroduction to Environmental Organic Chemistry, Bachelor 5th semester, M. Sander, K. McNeill

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersK. McNeill, T. Hofstetter, M. Sander
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementA short case study presentation during the last lecture is required for each student.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Environmental Sciences MasterBiogeochemical ProcessesWInformation