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Environmental Sciences Bachelor Information
Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2016)
Natural Science and Technical Electives
Environmental Chemistry/Ecotocxicology
701-0206-00LSelected Topics of Physical ChemistryW2 credits2GP. Funck
Abstract1. Kinetics of complex reactions
2. Thermodynamics of mixtures and systems with several phases: Partition between phases, colligative properties of solutions, coexistence of phases, phase rule, phase diagrams
3. Phase boundaries: Surface tension, surface excess concentration, adsorption, colloids
ObjectiveMore detailed knowledge of macroscopic physico-chemical phenomena
Content1. Kinetics of complex reactions: Pre-equilibrium, steady-state approximation, enzyme kinetics
2. Thermodynamics of mixtures and systems with several phases: Chemical potential, standard states and activities, partition between phases, colligative properties of solutions, coexistence of phases, phase rule, phase diagrams of pure substances and binary mixtures
3. Phase boundaries: Surface tension, surface excess concentration, adsorption on solids, stability of colloids
Lecture notesLecture notes are on Link and can be downloaded from the teaching document repository.
Literature- Wedler, G., Freund, H.-J., Lehrbuch der physikalischen Chemie, 6. Aufl., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2012
- Atkins, P., de Paula, J., Keeler, J., Physical Chemistry, 11th edition, Oxford University Press, 2018
- Shaw, D.J., Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 4th ed., Butterworth-Heinemann 1992
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge of kinetics and thermodynamics from "Chemie I+II"
Competent handling of elementary calculus
701-0208-00LIntroduction to Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
Prerequisites: Chemistry I & II and Microbiology.
W1 credit1GG. Furrer, M. Lever, K. McNeill
AbstractWith excursions the students gain insights into scientific as well as practical aspects of various areas in which environmental chemistry and microbiology play a key role. Topics include a.o. waste water treatment, landfills, drinking water purification, impact of agriculture on surface water quality and environmental assessment of synthetic chemicals.
ObjectiveLearning of typical problems in environmental chemistry and microbiology. Applying basic knowledge of chemistry and microbiology to environmentally relevant problems.
ContentDiscussion of case studies combined with excursions.
Lecture notesMoodle (Link)
Zusätzliche Unterlagen werden evtl. abgegeben.
Prerequisites / NoticeChemistry I and II and Microbiology
551-1420-00LMolecular BiologyW2 credits2GD. Santelia, J. Fütterer
AbstractThe course deals with
(i) Structure and replication of DNA, transcription, RNA processing, translation, mutation and DNA repair, stability and variability of genomes, regulation of gene activities. (ii) Modern molecular methods by which these processes are examined. (iii) Practical applications in genetic engineering, plant breeding and food biotechnology.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course, students are able to (i) Define technical terms of molecular biology and apply them to biological phenomena. (ii) Understand the structure and function of the genetic material as well as the processes of its natural and artificial change. (iii) Describe standard methods of molecular biology and explain their applications.
Literature“Molecular Biology, Principles of Genome Function”, Second Edition (2014), Oxford
N. Craig, O. Cohen-Fix, R. Green, C. Greider, G. Storz, C. Wolberger
529-0289-00LSpectra Interpretation of Organic CompoundsW2 credits2GR. Zenobi, M. Badertscher, Y. Yamakoshi
AbstractExercises in interpretation of molecular spectra
ObjectiveMastering the interpretation of molecular spectra.
ContentIn the first part of the lecture, the students work in small groups on solving particular problems in structure elucidation, interpreting mass, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, IR, and UV/VIS spectra, optionally in discussion with the lecturers. In the second part the problems are solved by a lecturer.
Lecture notesSpectroscopic problems will be distributed
LiteratureE. Pretsch, P. Bühlmann, M. Badertscher, Structure Determination of Organic Compounds: Tables of Spectral Data, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009, 4th revised and enlarged Engl. ed.

E. Pretsch, G. Tóth, M. E. Munk, M. Badertscher, Computer-Aided Structure Elucidation: Spectra Interpretation and Structure Generation, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2002.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is based on the lectures Analytical Chemistry I (529-0051-00) and Analytical Chemistry II (529-0058-00).
Solutions to the problems will be posted on the internet.
752-1300-00LIntroduction to ToxicologyW3 credits2VR. Eggen, S. J. Sturla
AbstractIntroduction to how chemical properties and biological interactions govern the disposition and influences of toxicants.
ObjectiveThe objectives are for the student to establish a framework for examining adverse effects resulting from exposures to toxicants by understanding key mechanisms that give rise to toxic responses and disease processes.
ContentThis course will introduce mechanisms governing the chemical disposition and biological influences of toxicants. The course is geared toward advanced bachelors students in food science, environmental science, and related disciplines, such as chemistry, biology and pharmaceutical sciences. Examples of topics include: dose-response relationships and risk assessment, absorption, transport, and biotransformation of xenobiotic chemicals; Carcinogenesis; DNA damage, repair, and mutation; Immunotoxicity; Neurotoxicity; and modern toxicity testing strategies. These fundamental concepts in Mechanistic Toxicology will be integrated with examples of toxicants relevant to food, drugs and the environment.
LiteratureCasarett & Doull's Toxicology, The Basic Science of Poisons. Seventh Edition. Editor: Curtis D. Klaassen, 2008, McGraw-Hill. (available on-line)
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowledge of organic chemistry and biochemistry is required.
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