771303 Environmental and biotechnological analysis

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Fischer, Elisabeth , Hann, Stephan , Loibner, Andreas Paul , Causon, Tim
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


The lecture will be held by several experts in the field of environmental and biotechnological analysis. The environmental compartments soil, water and air, but also the biota are discussed and the current chemical analytical methods for analysis of pollutants and contaminants are explained:

Hann "Introduction to environmental and biotechnological analysis"
Hann "Analytical method developement and validation"
Causon "Environmental Air Analysis"
Causon "Molecular Mass Spectrometry Principles"
Causon "Mass Spectrometry for Environmental and Biotechnological Analysis"
Fischer "Principles of ICP-MS"
Fischer "Ground and Surface Water Analysis - Basic Methods and Elemental Ultratrace Analysis"
Loibner "Soil analysis I - Sample Preparation: Site Reconnaissance, Sampling and Sample Preparation"
Loibner "Soil analysis II - Analytical Methods: Lab and Field Methods for Quantifying Organic Contaminants"
Loibner "Soil analysis III -Specific Analysis: Bioavailability Quantification and Toxicity Testing"

In addition to the contributions from BOKU lecturer for soil and water analysis and quality assurance in environmental analysis lectures are planned by external speakers on the following topics:

Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Johannes Sterba, Atominst. d. Österr. Univ. Jsterba@ati.ac.at,
"Nuclear Chemistry: activity measurement, reactor accidents, problems in transport of radioactive material, problems in handling of radioactive substances"

Dr. Christian Nagl, Federal Environment Agency Vienna christian.nagl@umweltbundesamt.at,
"Environmental issues of particulate matter"

In addition, guided tours of research facilities at BOKU and the ATI (by appointment).

Previous knowledge expected

It is strongly recommended that the course "Analytical Chemistry (771106)" is completed before undertaking in this course.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The learning outcomes of the course are closely related to the theme of "Environmental Chemistry and Analysis" and should reinforce the understanding of chemical processes and relationships in the environment, which are the basis for making assessments of current environmental states and therefore also for the selection of appropriate measures to improve undesirable situations.

The acquired knowledge from this course plays an important role in relation to the application of the precautionary principle and prevention of errors. Via the presentation of environmental chemistry for special topics as part of the assessment process, students will acquire in-depth knowledge of modern environmental analysis techniques and also improve their skills for the presentation of scientific results and findings.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.