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This advanced course describes, through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals, how state-of-the-art and conventional analytical techniques can be used to characterise environmental processes. Important chemical processes which impact the environment in which we live will be described. These include ozone generation and depletion in the atmosphere, an introduction to xenobiotics and the importance of metals in biomolecules.Students will get the opportunity to use state-of-the-art analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers during the laboratory practicals.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This advanced course describes how state-of-the-art and conventional analytical techniques can be used to characterise environmental processes.
Main Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course you should be able to:
Measure reactive gases in the atmosphere.
Explain ozone generation and depletion in the atmosphere.
Describe methods for the biodegradation of xenobiotics in soil.
Predict the metal speciation in water.
Explain metal speciation in soil and sediments.
Describe the model of metal affinity to certain ligands and apply these to environmental scenarios.
Recognize the importance of metals in biomolecules
Use conventional and state-of-the-art instrumental analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers.
Express ideas clearly and logically in writing.
Environmental topics covered will include: immobilisation and solubilisation of inorganic contaminants in water, soil and sediments; the determination of the lipophilicity and volatility of organic compounds in the environment; the mobility and toxicity of xenobiotics.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: One 90 minute written examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50%, which consists of 5 laboratory reports). Resit: One 90 minute written examination (50%) plus carried over in-course assessment (50%). Only the marks obtained at first attempt can be used for Honours classification.
Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.