91677 - Chemistry and Control of Pollutants

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  • Teacher Laura Tositti

  • Credits 6

  • SSD CHIM/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemistry and Materials Chemistry (cod. 8006)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be capable to recognise contaminants and pollutants in the various environmental compartments (air, water, soil, biota) according to the present regulations including the standardized methodologies required by the regulation themselves.

Sources of pollution and environmental fate concept will be addressed

Practical advice about how to sample and analyse environmental matrices in order to obtain the maximum compositional/environmental information will be given

Course contents

Purpose and scope of environmental legislation
European environmental legislation

Concept of pollutant, contaminant and environmental background (natural and non-natural)

Conservative and non-conservative chemical species

Environmental fate of pollutants - role of fluids (air and water)

Air pollutants, in the hydrosphere, in the soil, in the biosphere, in sediments

Analytical requirements in the environmental field (concept of environmental matrix, detection and quantification limits, practical precautions in the laboratory). Representation of the environmental sample - Types of datasets - spot samples, time series samples

The concept of environmental monitoring

relationships between ECHAM and REACH, their relationships with environment and health

Historical and contemporary pollutants: relationship between ancient and modern technologies

Integrated methodologies for studying pollution phenomena


  • Titolo del Libro: Chimica ambientale
  • Autori : Colin Baird Michael Cann Lanciotti
  • Editore: Zanichelli
  • Edizione: 3° (2013)

Teaching methods

frontal lessons and individual study

Assessment methods

Oral exam split as follows:

1) oral presentation of a powerpoint (5-6 slides) on a topic covered by the course based on a recent scientific article agreed with the teacher

2) two questions on the program of the course

Teaching tools

powerpoint slides by the teacher

case studies treated by the teacher

Office hours

See the website of Laura Tositti