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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
LAND AND ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
CHEMICAL METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
AGO2045779, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE PER L'AMBIENTE E IL TERRITORIO (Ord. 2008)
IF0321, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHEMICAL METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ESTER MAROTTA CHIM/06
Other lecturers MARCO RUZZI CHIM/02

Mutuating
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
AGO2045779 CHEMICAL METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ESTER MAROTTA IF0321

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 8.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 MAROTTA ESTER (Presidente)
RUZZI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
CARRARO MAURO (Supplente)
PARADISI CRISTINA (Supplente)
TOFFOLETTI ANTONIO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of inorganic, physical, analytical and organic chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: Through the study of the mass spectrometry techniques and of the main spectroscopic techniques the student will acquire a good background and understanding of how mass spectrometry and spectroscopic techniques can be used to identify and study major environmental issues and to test and verify possible solutions.
Examination methods: Written and oral examination. The written exam will concern the part on quantum mechanics and spectroscopic techniques. The oral exam will concern the part on mass spectrometry: the student will present and discuss the contents of a scientific article chosen among a few relevant to the course contents.
There will be no mid-term evaluations.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the course subjects: level and depth of understanding, clarity and propriety of exposition. Abilities to apply the acquired knowledge to problem solving.
Course unit contents: Introduction to mass spectrometry.
Instrumentation:
- ion sources (EI, electron ionization; CI, chemical ionization; ESI, elettrospray ionization; APCI, atmospheric pressure chimica ionization; APPI, atmospheric pressure photoionization; ..);
- mass analyzers: quadrupole, tridimensional and linear ion trap, time-of-flight analyzer, magnetic and electrostatic sector analyzers, hybrid instruments;
-detectors.
Tandem mass spectrometry, collision induced dissociation (CID).
Coupling of mass spectrometry with chromatographic techniques (GC/MS e LC/MS).
Applications of mass spectrometry to environmental chemistry, from sample preparation to analysis. The examples presented during the lessons will deal with water disinfection byproducts, dioxins and other persistent pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceutical residues.
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS).
Characterization of atmospheric particulate matter by aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ATOFMS).

Limitations of classical physics and introduction to quantum mechanics. Operators and wave functions (overview). Schrödinger equation (overview). Spin wave functions.
Applications of quantum mechanics. Rotation: the circular motion of the particle. Vibration: the harmonic oscillator. Atomic structure (overview). Hydrogenoid and multi-electons atoms. Molecular structure (overview). Biatomic and poliatomic molecules.
Introduction to spectroscopic techniques. Atomic and molecular spectra.
UV-visible spectroscopy. Electronic transitions. Fluorescence and phosphorescence.
Rotational and vibrational spectrocopy. Raman and IR transitions.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. NMR transitions.
Spectra interpretation and applications in environmental sciences.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures: theory and exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the material used in the lectures (theory and exercises) will be available to the students of the course on the teachers's webpage or on the e-learning webpage.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Edmond de Hoffmann and Vincent Stroobant, Mass Spectrometry. Principles and Applications. --: John Wiley and Sons, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Peter Atkins e Julio de Paula, Elementi di Chimica Fisica.. --: Zanichelli., --. Terza eizione. italiana – Quarta edizione inglese Cerca nel catalogo