Course description

The course is designed to provide a fundamental survey of concepts and definitions in Environmental Chemistry. The course will give a fundamental survey of different types of organic contaminants: production/sources, use, properties, distribution, abiotic transformation, metabolism and chemical analysis. Some methods for analysis of environmental contaminants will be presented. Furthermore, the course will give a basic survey of chemical reactions of inorganic compounds in natural waters; thermodynamics, kinetics and chemical equilibrium in nature; inorganic environmental chemistry, especially the sources of heavy metals, their distribution and potential health risks and environmental hazards. The course will also give a basic survey of atmospheric composition and processes: ozone chemistry of the stratosphere, photochemistry of the troposphere, atmospheric particles, cloud chemistry. Sources, transport, chemistry, deposition and effects of atmospheric contaminants; greenhouse gases and climate change.

Special eligibility requirements

30 ECTS credits Chemistry.

Applications open

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Student counsellors

Environmental Science
Miljö- och hälsoskydd

Frida Edberg

Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Carl-Johan Högberg
Paula Jokela