CHIM/01 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche Viale Andrea Doria, 6 Catania
Phone: 0957385121
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Learning Objectives

The course is designed to provide knowledge of typical and innovative analytical methods for the analysis of different environmental matrices with particular focus on the air matrix.
At the end of the course, the student will acquire adequate skills aimed at being able to assess which chemical analyzes require and / or perform for the resolution of an environmental problem related also to cultural heritage;

Knowledge and understanding:

Knowing how to evaluate which chemical analyzes to request and / or perform for the resolution of an environmental problem also referred to cultural heritage;

Applying knowledge and understanding:

Be able to plan and possibly conduct group experiments;

Making judgements:

Knowing how to correctly analyze the data from a chemical analysis as per current legislation;

Communication skills:

Knowing how to communicate correctly through reports and multimedia presentations the insights of the course using objective data and the results of international scientific research.

Learning skills:

Ability to tackle advanced studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Course Structure

Classes and laboratoy. Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

Introduction to environmental problems. Main correlations between environmental issues and cultural heritage.

Environmental matrices (air, water, soil). Sampling techniques and reference legislation. Air pollution and atmospheric chemistry. The ozone layer.

CFC, Halon; sampling techniques and quantitative analysis.

ISO and ASTM standards and EPA methods. The Environmental Consolidation Act (Legislative Decree 152/06).

Chemistry of air pollution at ground level. Urban ozone and photochemical smog. VOC and NOx emissions. Main air pollutants: impact on health, the environment and the BBCC. Greenhouse effect, Powders and aerosols. Acid rain.

Analysis of indoor pollutants: Instrumentation, methods and analytical parameters. Air quality standards. Olfactory harassment and dynamic olfactometry.

Air pollution and implications on museum environments. Case studies.

Textbook Information

C. Baird, M. Cann, Chimica Ambientale, Zanichelli.

S. Manahan, Environmental Chemistry, CRC Press.

R. Cozzi, P. Protti, T. Ruaro, Elementi di analisi chimica strumentale, Zanichelli.

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