2020 Environmental Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Toyoda Sakae  Yamada Keita 
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Mon1-2(G114)  Thr3-4(G114)  
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Course description and aims

Environmental chemistry is a wide field of study that deals history of environmental problem, environmental laws, pollutants treatment methods, energy resource issue, etc., based on the understanding of existence and variation of environmental substances. This course focuses on material cycles of intra and inter sub-compartments of the Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere and provide the concept of environmental problems based on changes in material cycles.
The purpose of this course is to understand the concepts of environmental problems from the point of view of disturbance of material cycles by human activities.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:
1) explain the natural cycles of environmental substances intra and inter sub compartments of the Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
2) explain the environmental problems based on the changes in the natural cycles of environmental substances induced by the human activities
3) explain the mechanisms, effects, monitoring and prediction of environmental problems


environmental problems, elemental cycles, Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the end of each class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.
Students must familiarize themselves using course materials provided before coming to class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Understand the concept of Environmental Chemistry
Class 2 Atmosphere and environmental problems 1: Global warming Explain the mechanisms of global warming
Class 3 Atmosphere and environmental problems 2: Destruction of ozone layer Explain the mechanisms of formation and destruction of ozone layer
Class 4 Atmosphere and environmental problems 3: photochemical oxidants Explain the formation mechanism of photochemical oxidants
Class 5 Atmosphere and environmental problems 4: Aerosols and acid rain Explain the various roles of aerosols
Class 6 Hydrosphere and environmental problems 1:Ocean acidification Explain the mechanisms of ocean acidification
Class 7 Hydrosphere and environmental problems 2: Eutrophication Explain the mechanisms of eutrophication
Class 8 Hydrosphere and environmental problems 3: Groundwater pollution Explain the mechanisms of groundwater pollution
Class 9 Geoshere and environmental problems: Soil pollution Explain the mechanisms of soil pollution
Class 10 Biosphere and environmental problems 1: Endocrine disruption chemicals Explain the types and sources of the endocrine disruption chemicals
Class 11 Biosphere and environmental problems 2: Bioaccumilation of chemicals Explain the mechanisms of bioaccumulation of chemicals
Class 12 Biosphere and environmental problems 3: Plastics pollution Explain the plastic pllution
Class 13 Energy and environmental problems: Methane hydrate Explain the distribution and formeation mechanism of gas hydrate and its environmental impact
Class 14 Term-end exam

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Gamo T, Environmental Geochemistry, Baihu-kan (In Japanese) ISBN978-4-563-04907-2

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams (50%) and exercise problems (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I419 : Analytical Techniques for Environmental Chemistry
  • CAP.I435 : Advanced Geochemistry
  • CAP.I536 : Advanced Material Cycle Analysis

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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