Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After successfully completing this course, the students will:
· Be able to evaluate to what extent a chemical reaction will take place in a given system, based on the relevant energy terms.
· Be able to calculate equilibrium concentrations for chemical species in a specific system.
· Be familiar with the concepts of acid-base chemistry and able to calculate pH, buffer capacity and alkalinity in a given system.
· Understand how acid-base chemistry can be applied to understand ocean acidification.
· Be familiar with the concepts of redox chemistry, able to set up redox reaction based on half reactions and determine the redox speciation in a given system using the standard redox potential of the overall reaction.
· Be able to relate the combined influence of acid-base and redox chemistry on chemical speciation by means of pH-Eh diagrams.
· Understand key concepts from chemical kinetics and be able to apply these concepts to asses reaction rates, orders and mechanisms.
· Have an understanding of relevant properties of environmental surfaces and know how these properties can be examined.
· Be able to qualitatively and quantitively asses surface sorption processes.
· Have an understanding of mineral dissolution mechanisms.