701-1351-00L  Anthropogenic Particles in the Environment

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersB. Nowack, T. Bucheli, D. Mitrano
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1351-00 GAnthropogenic Particles in the Environment2 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00CHN E 42 »
B. Nowack, T. Bucheli, D. Mitrano

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AbstractThe lecture provides an overview on the behavior and effects of anthropogenic particles in the environment, covering engineered nanoparticles, micro/nanoplastics, tire wear, soot and pigments. The course will cover key concepts of particle behavior and analysis, fate in technical and natural systems, toxicity and environmental risk assessment and sustainability aspects and regulation.
Objective- Successful application of knowledge gained in traditional disciplines of environmental sciences (e.g. biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry) to elucidate particle fate and behavior in the environment
- Identify key parameters that potentially influence the environmental fate and behavior of anthropogenic particles
- Get acquainted with the most common analytical tools for the quantification of anthropogenic particles in the environment
- Critical assessment of current state of research, including the sometimes controversial literature data
Content- Definitions, particle types
- Particle behavior: colloidal behavior, transport, transformation
- Sources and release; Material flow modeling
- Fundamentals of particle analysis
- Release and emission
- Fate in the environment: water, soil, air
- Fate in technical systems: water treatment, waste incineration
- Uptake and toxicity of particles
- Environmental risk assessment
- Life cycle assessment
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 only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
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