701-1351-00L  Nanomaterials in the Environment

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersB. Nowack, T. Bucheli, D. Mitrano
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1351-00 GNanomaterials in the Environment2 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00CHN D 46 »
B. Nowack, T. Bucheli, D. Mitrano

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AbstractThe lecture provides an overview on the behavior and effects of engineered nanomaterials in the environment. The course will cover definitions, analysis, fate in technical and natural systems, effects (nano-ecotoxicology) and environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials. In addition, microplastics as an additional particulate contaminant will also be covered.
Objective- Successful application of knowledge gained in the traditional disciplines of environmental sciences (e.g. biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry) to elucidate nanomaterial fate and behavior in the environment
- Identify key parameters of nanomaterials that potentially influence their environmental fate and behavior
- Get acquainted with the most common analytical tools for the quantification of nanomaterials in the environment
- Critical assessment of current state of research in this juvenile field, including the sometimes controversial literature data

- Definitions; nano-effects; engineered, natural and incidental nanoparticles
- Sources and release; Material flow modeling
- Analysis in environmental samples
- Fate in technical systems: water treatment, waste incineration
- Fate in the environment: water and soil
- Effects: nano-ecotoxicology
- Environmental risk assessment
- Life cycle assessment
- Microplastics
Lecture notesHandouts will be provided
Literaturewill be provided during lecture

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersB. Nowack, T. Bucheli, D. Mitrano
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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