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Fall 2012-2013
CEE 571  

Environmental Chemistry

Catherine A. Peters

In this course, environmental chemistry serves as a vehicle for study of chemical thermodynamics. Students will gain an understanding of Gibbs free energy, chemical potential, and fugacity, and the universal applicability of thermodynamics to environmentally relevant topics such as equilibrium phase partitioning and oxidation of organic chemicals. There will be a focus on toxic organics and their chemical properties. Assignments will be based on chemical property estimation methods and on simple mass balance models that link chemical properties with pollutant transport, fate, and reactivity in the environment.

Sample reading list:
Schwarzenbach, R.P.; P.M. Gschwend, D.M. Imboden, Environmental Organic Chemistry
R.S.Boethling, D. Mackay, W.I.Lyman, Handbook of Property Estimation Methods for Chemicals

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
The course is appropriate for graduate students in environmental engineering, water resources, chemical engineering, geology, chemistry, or other related fields. Undergraduates are welcome with permission from the instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22073 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm Th   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am F   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:0 Limit:8
P02 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm F   Engineering Quad J-Wing   J201   Enrolled:0 Limit:7