|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||CHIM/12|
The course introduces the student to the basic and advanced concepts of environmental chemistry,of the biochemical cycles of the elements and the environmental impact of both natural and anthropogeni pollutants.. The skills necessary for the interpretation of chemical data in an environmental context will also be developed through practical examples.
Basic and advanced concepts regarding the environmental chemistry, the impact, the pathways and the fate of several classes of natural or anthropogenic pollutants will be described. Some aspects of existing legislation and monitoring techniques will be also treated.
The student will acquire the knowledge of the main chemical mechanisms driving the environmental processes and pollution phenomena, including the main reference environmental regulations. He will understand the basic concepts of the environmental impact of different classes of pollutants (metals, organic substances) and of the problems related to their control in different environmental matrices (air, water, soils). In this context, some aspects of monitoring techniques will also be addressed. Furthermore, the student will acquire skills to evaluate changes of natural and anthropogenic origin of ecosystems linked to chemical phenomena and to plan environmental remediation in the context of current legislation.
Knowledge of both inorganic and organic chemistry main topics.
The course consists of lectures divided into 2-hour lessons based on the academic calendar and a part of a theoretical-practical laboratory, which will be held by the teachers. The organization and the dates of the lab activities will be communicated directly to the students by the teachers at the beginning of the course.
Atmosphere and atmospheric chemistry: chemical reactions in the troposphere and in the stratosphere. Role of ozone in the stratosphere. The Chapman's cycle. Atmospheric pollutants and atmospheric monitoring.
Hydrosphere and water chemistry. Natural water properties. Monitoring and assessment of water quality. Waste water treatment. Lithosphere and characteristics of soils and sediments. Monitoring and evaluation of the properties of soils.
Environmental remediation and the current environmental legislation
The teaching material is available online at course aulaweb page
Reference book: C. Baird, M.Cann “Chimica Ambientale”, Zanichelli Editore.
For lessons start and timetable go to the link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/
Please check the module Aulaweb page for timetable updates dependent on the sanitary and epidemic situation.
The exam consists in an oral test. The oral examination is always conducted by two teachers and lasts for at least 30 minutes. In this way, the Commission is able to verify the achievement of the objectives of teaching by asking questions about the program of the course. The ability to expose the arguments clearly and with correct terminology will also be evaluated. When goals are not achieved, the student is invited to deepen his knowledge and to ask further explanation to the teacher.
Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of detail required for each topic will be provided at the beginning of the course and reiterated during lectures and lab activities.
It is not compulsory to attend the classes, but it is strongly advised to do so.