771304 Environmental chemistry

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hann, Stephan , Loibner, Andreas Paul , Fischer, Elisabeth
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Discussion of current issues in environmental chemistry (including soil, water, atmosphere):

Distribution and degradation of pollutants

* Platinum group elements and antimony in the environment
* Pathways of chlorinated contaminants
* Fate of hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOC) in soil
* Anaerobic biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons
* Anaerobic metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
* Biotransformation of chlorinated hydrocarbons under various redox potentials

Selected methods and techniques

* Thermal analysis of soil samples
* Solid phase NMR techniques
* g-Irradiation for the sterilization of soil samples
* Biodegradation signatures and biomarkers of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination
* Chemometrical approaches in environmental assessment


* Ecotoxicity of crude oil constituents
* Toxicity of PAHs and hetero-PAHs
* Changes in soil ecotoxicity due to bioremediation

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Overview of the state-of-the-art in environmental chemistry.

Conveying knowledge on pollutants, comprising their distribution between separate phases and their interaction with environmental media.
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