This course evaluates how specific analytical techniques can be used to assess the composition of solutions and materials of environmental concern in both clean and complex matrices. A discussion of different analytical tools including (i) electrodes/potentiometry, (ii) spectrophotometry, (iii) chromatography, (iv) mass spectrometry, and (v) atomic spectroscopy will be included. Additional material also covers the computational and statistical tools needed to assess analytical data. These discussion topics culminate in an laboratory research project in which students apply this knowledge towards developing a robust analytical method to assess environmental contaminants of concern.
This course will serve as an introduction to computation methods for describing physical,chemical, and microbiological processes that occur in natural and engineered aqueous systems (i.e. rivers, lakes, water treatment plants). There will be a strong emphasis on understanding and conceptualizing important processes, data analysis, algorithm development, and competency in the use of programming tools to perform model simulations.