UE Organic geochemistry: pollutants, modeling

Degrees incorporating this pedagocial element :


This course has a threefold objective:

(1) place the basic concepts of chemistry (kinetics and thermodynamic equilibrium) in the applied framework of the environmental fate of organic pollutants (life span and partitioning between phases);

(2) equip the student with the basic conceptual tools for predicting/modelling the environmental fate of organic pollutants: box models; plume models; phase partition and speciation;

(3) teach students how to use a modern programming tool (Python) for implementing the concepts discussed in the form of numerical models of the fate of organic pollutants (multi-media modelling).

Recommended prerequisite

  • basic concepts of chemistry (concentrations, equilibrium and kinetic constants)
  • basic concepts of maths (ordinary differential equations, matrices)
  • basic concepts of programming

Targeted skills

- understanding of the key parameters describing the fate of the pollutant in the natural environment

- basics of programming in Python

- multi-media modelling of organic pollutants


Daniel Jacob: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry

Schwarzenbach, Gschwend et Imboden: Environmental Organic Chemistry

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