529-0037-01L  Introduction to Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. Hollender, T. Hofstetter, C. S. McArdell
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


529-0037-01 GGrundlagen der Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie3 hrs
Thu08:45-11:30HCI E 8 »
J. Hollender, T. Hofstetter, C. S. McArdell

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AbstractAnthropogenic activities related to production, use and disposal of goods cause emission of chemicals to the environment. This lecture provides an introduction to the knowledge required for assessing the risk of chemicals to human and environmental health by covering partitioning, reactivity, and toxic effects of chemicals as well as selected aspects of contemporary chemical analyses.
ObjectiveStudents will develop a basic understanding for fate and effects of chemicals in the environment and learn how to use simple quantitative tools for the assessment of chemical behaviour and toxic effects.
ContentPart 1: Partitioning and reactivity
* Physico-chemical description of partitioning behaviour of organic compounds
* Partitioning in environmental media including soil/sediment, air, water
* Chemical and biological transformations

Part 2: Effects
* Test systems for the assessment of ecotoxicological effects of chemicals
* Bioavailability and bioaccumulation
* Metabolisms of organic compounds
* Molecular mechanisms of toxic action

Part 3: Analyses
* Analytical methods for quantification of substances in water, soil, and air
* Sampling, sample preparation and quantification of organic compounds in environmental media
Lecture notesHandouts/lecture slides will be made available electronically
LiteratureR.P. Schwarzenbach, P.M. Gschwend, D.M. Imboden, Environmental Organic Chemistry, third edition, Wiley, 2017
C.J. van Leeuwen, T.G. Vermeire (Editoren), Risk Assessment of Chemicals: An Introduction, Kluwer, 2007
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersJ. Hollender, T. Hofstetter, C. S. McArdell
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationFür die Zulassung zur mündlichen Sessionsprüfung müssen 3 von 5 schriftlichen Übungen abgegeben sowie eine Präsentation zu zwei Publikationen zu einem aktuellem Thema der Umweltchemie oder -toxikologie gehalten werden. Die Übungen und die Präsentation werden mit bestanden/nicht-bestanden bewertet.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Chemistry BachelorEnvironmental ChemistryWInformation