This course is an introduction in chemistry and environmental studies.
Environmental Chemistry is an exceptionally useful course. After reviewing basic chemical concepts, quickly progresses to more advanced and contemporary applications including ozone depletion, physiochemical and biological treatment of pollutants, and green chemistry.
The chemistry of processes of the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere are covered in detail and the effects of pollutants on each of these chemical processes are extensively considered, as are their effects on the biosphere. The course includes an array of environmental chemistry experiments that can be performed at the microscale level. Ideas for additional open-ended projects are provided, and a thorough introduction to environmental experimentation.
The course presents chemical analyses of our most pressing waste, pollution, and resource problems for the undergraduate students. The distinctive holistic approach provides both a solid ground in theory, as well as a laboratory introductory and experimental applications. This course fulfills an urgent need for an introductory knowledge in environmental chemistry combining theory and practice and is a valuable tool for preparing the next generation of environmental engineers.
By the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Explain the Chemistry Fundamentals
2. Analyze the Chemistry of Processes in the Atmosphere
3. Analyze the Chemistry of Processes in the Lithosphere
4. Analyze the Chemistry of Processes in the Hydrosphere
5. Collect all the necessary information for Natural Biochemical Processes and Organisms in the Biosphere
6. Explain the Effects of Pollutants on the Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Lithosphere
7. Explain the Effects of Pollutants on the Biosphere: Biodegradability, Toxicity, and Risks
8. Use Physicochemical and Physical Treatment of Pollutants and Wastes
9. Use Biological Treatment of Pollutants and Wastes
10. Explain the Minimization and Prevention of Pollution; Green Chemistry