Course Description :

An introductory course on techniques commonly utilized for analysis of environmental samples. Course will discuss gas and liquid chromatrography, mass spectrometry, and atomic absorption spectroscopy, focusing on analysis of complex environmental samples. Practical techniques and applications are emphasized, but sufficient theory is introduced to provide students with an understanding of the principles involved.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Chromatographic Theory: Demonstrate knowledge of capacity, selectivity, resolution and retention as they apply to separating components by chromatographic methods.
  • Gas and Liquid Chromatography : Demonstrate knowledge factors for separation, and column selection for gas and liquid phase analyses. Determine which column and detector are best suited for measuring specific chemical classes.
  • Mass Spectrometry : Apply the principles of mass spectrometry to the interpretation of mass spectra for specific chemicals. Describe the hardware used to generate mass spectra.
  • Atomic Absorption : Describe the instrumentation used to measure metals by atomic absorption. Demonstrate knowledge of principles of electromagnetism in atom specific UV and visible spectra. Describe interference and limitation of atomic absorption.
  • Sensory and Wet Chemical Methods : Describe and use preference and discriminant test methods. Measure chlorine using the colorimetric DPD test.
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :