• Elaborate Course: Advanced Water Chemistry


Elaborate Course:Advanced Water Chemistry

精品课程:高等水化学


I.Course Introduction (including teaching goals and requirements) within 300 words:

This course provides a strong basis for the master and Ph.D. students to know how to apply the physical chemistry principles to understanding the compositions of natural waters and to the engineering of water and waste water treatments. The main topics include chemical equilibrium and kinetics; acid-base equilibria and buffering; solid precipitation and dissolution; oxidation and reduction reactions; adsorption on solids; and computer-aided problem solving. The ultimate objective of the course is to master how to formulate and solve chemical equilibrium models for complex aqueous systems.

Knowledge of college-level general chemistry is required.

II.Teaching Syllabus (including the content of chapters and sections. A sheet can be attached):

Chapter 1. Introduction to water chemistry (2 h)

1.1Water properties  (0.5 h)

1.2Solutes properties (0.5 h)

1.3Composition of natural waters (1 h)

Chapter 2. Chemical reactions and equilibrium (4 h)

2.1Chemical reactions (1 h)

2.2Chemical equilibrium and energetic (2 h)

2.3Chemical kinetics and reaction rates (1 h)

Chapter 3. Acids and Bases (10 h)

        3.1 Introduction of acids and bases (0.5 h)

        3.2 Kw, Ka and conjugate acid/base pairs (0.5 h)

        3.3 Carbonate systems (3 h)

        3.4 log C vs pH diagrams (1 h)

        3.5 Chemical Equilibrium, mass conservation and TOTH (3 h)

        3.6 Solving chemical equilibrium problems using tableau methods (2 h)


 Chapter 4. Titrations and buffers (6 h)

           4.1 Titrations (1 h)

           4.2 Alkalinity and acidity (3 h)

           4.3 Buffering (1 h)

           4.4 Gas-liquid equilibrium and effect on alkalinity (1 h)

Chapter 5. Chemistry of metals in aqueous systems (4 h)

         5.1 Chemistry of metals: speciation (0.5 h)

         5.2 Chemistry of metals: predominance diagrams (0.5 h)

         5.3 Softwares for solving chemical equilibrium problems (1 h)

         5.4 Solid precipitations and dissolution (1 h)

         5.5 Predominance diagrams of precipitation/dissolution (0.5 h)

         5.6 Water softening (0.5 h)

Chapter 6 Redox chemistry (3 h)

              6.1 Oxidation-reduction reactions (2 h)

              6.2 pe versus pH diagrams (1 h)

Chapter 7 Adsorption reactions (2 h)

Chapter 8 Review sessions and exams (3 h)

Chapter 9 Software practice/Questions and answers (2 h)

III.Teaching Schedule:

Week

Course Content

Teaching Method

1

Introduction to water properties, solutes   properties and natural water compositions

Lecture

2

Chemical   reaction and chemical equilibrium

Lecture

3

Chemical   equilibrium and energetics

Lecture

4

Chemical   equilibrium and energetic and homework review

Lecture   Discussion

5

Chemical   kinetics and reaction rates

Lecture

6

Acids   and Bases: carbonate system, log C vs pH diagrams

Lecture

7

Chemical   equilibrium and conservation of mass, TOTH

Lecture

8

How to solving chemical equilibrium   problems using tableau methods and homework review

Lecture   Discussion

9

Titration,   alkalinity and acidity

Lecture

10

Buffering,   gas-liquid equilibrium and effect on alkalinity

Lecture

11

Exam   1; Metal speciation in water systems

Lecture

12

Chemistry   of metals: predominance of diagrams

Lecture

13

Chemical   equilibrium programs; MINEQL introduction and demonstration

Lecture

14

Solid   precipitation and dissolution

Lecture

15

Predominance   diagrams of precipitation/dissolution and water softening

Lecture

16

Oxidation   reduction reactions

Lecture

17

Pe   pH diagrams, Homework review and Exam 2

Lecture   Discussion

18

Adsorption   reactions

Lecture

Note: 1.Above one, two, and three items are used as teaching Syllabus in Chinese and announced on the Chinese website of Graduate School. The four and five items are preserved in Graduate School.

2. Course terms: Spring, Autumn, and Spring-Autumn term. 

3. The teaching languages for courses: Chinese, English or Chinese-English.

4. Applicable range of discipline: public, first-class discipline, second-class discipline, and third-class discipline.

5. Practice includes: experiment, investigation, research report, etc.

6. Teaching methods: lecture, seminar, practice, etc.

7. Examination for degree courses must be in paper.

8. Teaching material websites are those which have already been announced.

9. Brief introduction of chief lecturer should include: personal information (date of birth, gender, degree achieved, professional title), research direction, teaching and research achievements. (within 100-500 words)

Lecturer

Yan Xu

Ph.D & Associate Professor

School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University

Education

·Ph.D. (December 2011) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

·M.Phil. (November 2006) Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong

·B.S. (July 2003) School of the Environment, NanjingUniversity, P. R. China


Research interests

Environmental Bioremediation of Persistent Organic Pollutants, Risk Assessment on Polluted Water, Soil and Sediment Systems, Microbial Source Tracking and Pollution Control. 

Teaching

Advanced Water Chemistry (Graduate level); Introduction to Environmental Engineering (Undergraduate level); Molecular Biology in Water Treatment (Graduate level)