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PA - C3B - CHI555 : Environmental Chemistry

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Environmental Chemistry

This course introduces the important aspects of environmental chemistry: sources, transport, reactions, effects, and fates of chemicals in the environmental compartments. It is designed to provide students a broad view of physical and chemical processes that control the dispersion of chemicals in the environment. The course introduces methodology and basic tools of environmental modeling in both porous media and open channels. It also focuses on the factors that influence biogeochemical cycles of key elements such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous but also of organic and metallic micro pollutants. The importance to take into account biogeochemical cycles when developing prevention strategies against hydrosystems pollution (artificial wetland buffer zone) and waste valorization bioprocesses will be emphasized through real cases study and field visits.


Teaching staff

- Said Kinani, Engineer Researcher Expert, EDF R&D

- Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak, Engineer Researcher Expert, HDR, EDF R&D

- Laurent Mazéas, Research Director, INRAE

- Julien Tournebize, Research Engineer, INRAE


Course outline

  • Pollution sources

- Sources and nature of environmental pollutants

- Major pollutants and their effects on ecosystems

- Fate and behavior of chemicals in environment

  • Modelling of pollutant transport in water bodies

- Numerical modelling of free surface flows and pollutant transport in open channels

- Advection, dispersion, chemical reactions, chemical degradation

  • Sediment transport in open-channels and interactions with chemicals

- Description of fundamental equations and applications

- Sediment transport processes

- Interactions between sediments and contaminants

  • Micro-pollutant biogeochemical cycles

- Organic micro-pollutant biogeochemical cycles

- Trace metal biogeochemical cycles

- Practical courses on analytical tools to evaluate micro-pollutant biodisponibility

  • The importance of biogeochemical cycles in hydrosystem pollution prevention strategies

- Biogeochemical cycles in prevention strategies against hydrosystems pollution

- Visit of an artificial wetland buffer zone (Rampillon, Ile de France)

  • The importance of biogeochemical cycles in waste valorization bioprocesses

- Biogeochemical cycles in waste valorization bioprocesses

- Practical courses on analytical tools to study biogeochemical cycles in bioprocesses


The module includes 16 h of courses and 16 h of practical work, a 4 h conference and a 4 h visit.


Level required: Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology, geology

Language: English

Credits ECTS: 6

Supervisor: Said Kinani

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