Module Overview

Environmental Chemistry

This intermediate level module deals with environmental sustainability, the chemistry of water resources, wastewater, soil and air. Laboratory work includes chemical analysis of water, soil and air samples.

Module Code

CHEM 3019

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Water, Wastewater and Soil

Environmental Sustainability. Potable water. Stages of drinking water purification and byproducts formed. Physical and chemical aspects of industrial wastewater treatment. Assessing the wastewater treatment process-critical parameters. Analysis and characteristics of water and wastewater quality using spectrometry, ion chromatography and classical methods. Freshwater v’s marine water profiles. Soils and sediments - sampling, storage, pre-treatment, extraction and analysis for organic and inorganic components. Transport and distribution of pollutants, bioconcentration and bioaccumulation factors.


The polluted troposphere. Chemical transformations of primary pollutants. Instrumental methods for measuring primary and secondary pollutants including greenhouse gases and atmospheric aerosols. Control measures. Climate change. Environmental Sustainability. Greenhouse gases. Global warming potential. Control measures: carbon capture and storage, alternative energy sources, alternative fuels.Sampling and analysis of atmospheres, absorption trains, passive and active samplers, personal samplers, workplace atmospheres, analysis techniques for gases, vapours and particulate components.

Laboratory Work

Laboratory work which complements the lecture material is sourced from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory Manual.

Delivery by means of lectures (20 hours), tutorials (4 hours), laboratory practicals (15 hours) and self-study (61 hours) to include computational problems and report writing.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40