Environmental chemistry represents a combination of various fields within chemistry as well as physics. In the recent past human activities have led to significant changes in biogeochemical cycles and have caused numerous ecological changes and problems. Many of the questions related to these problems can be interpreted by applying fundamental laws of chemistry. Mostly, however, chemical processes in the global laboratory of our environment are much more complex and dynamic compared to those in a chemical laboratory or to specific chemical processes in chemical plants. The reactions in our environment take place in open systems which in the majority of cases combine many reactants and which are coupled to physical and biological processes.
The lecture "Atmospheric Chemistry" will give an overview over the environmental areas air, water and soil as well as about properties, reactions, sources and sinks of substances relevant for the environment and about analytical methods for the determination of such substances. Facts will be documented and illustrated by current data.
Literature (selection of textbooks):
Environmental Chemistry, Colin Baird, Freeman and Company, ISBN 0-7167-2404-9
Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change, Eds Guy P. Brasseur, John J. Orlando and Geoffrey S.Tyndall Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-510521-4