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Course unit
SC01122445, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0320, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY 1
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge CRISTINA PARADISI CHIM/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 4.0
Core courses CHIM/12 Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry for Cultural Heritage 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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Prerequisites: Chemistry: contents of preceding courses in general, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry. Specifically: electronic configuration of atoms and molecules, chemical bonds, bond dissociation energy, chemical equilibrium, basic concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics, first and second order kinetics, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with molecules.
Mathematics: first order derivatives
Physics: electromagnetic radiation: energy, frequency, wavelenght; the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation.
Target skills and knowledge: Major chemical/physical processes of the earth atmosphere. Use of this knowledge to analyze and rationalize macroscopic phenomena (greenhouse effect, ozone hole, photochemical smog). Analysis and understanding of fundamental issues in fuels and other energy sources.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the course subjects. Level and depth of understanding. Clarity and propriety of exposition. Ability to apply the acquired knowledge to problem solving.
Course unit contents: The earth atmosphere: structure and chemistry. Chemistry of the stratosphere: the ozone layer, Chapman mechanism and kinetics, catalysts of ozone destruction, the 'ozone hole'. Chemistry of the troposphere: atmospheric pollution, natural mechanisms of degradation of volatile organic pollutants, photochemical smog. Atmospheric particulate matter. Greenhouse gases effect and global warming. Major greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide capture and sequestration. Carbon dioxide chemical conversion.
Energy: different energy sources, fossil fuels and alternatives. Environmental impact of different means of energy production. Reforming and syn gas production. Hydrogen and fuel cells. Introduction to 'green chemistry': principles and criteria, development of 'green' chemicals and processes of low environmental impact.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures: theory and exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All material used in lectures (theory and exercises) will be available to the students on the department moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Colin Baird & Michael Cann, Chimica Ambientale. --: Zanichelli, 2013. Terza Edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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