Department of Chemistry, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
CH20145: Environmental chemistry
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take CH10133|
The unit will provide an introduction to areas of chemistry related to environmental issues. Specific aspects atmospheric chemistry and of radio- and nuclear-chemistry and their applications are discussed.
After studying the unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the genesis of the elements and selected nuclear properties, such as factors affecting nuclear stability and outline-selected applications of radioactive decay processes.
* Describe the chemistry behind important environmental problems such as global warming and ozone depletion.
Numeracy (F, A); Problem solving (T, F, A); Scientific writing (F, A); Independent working (F); Group working (F).
The genesis of the elements. The nature, properties and applications of radioactivity and radioactive elements. Atmospheric chemistry and the roles of N, O and halogens in relation to ozone producing cycles and organic radicals. The Greenhouse effect.