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Organic Environmental Chemistry

Module CH0141

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Chemistry.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

CH0141 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


-Speciation of substances in aqueuos systems.
-Intermolecular interactions (H-Bonds, van der Waals forces).
-Prediction of partitioning based on multiparameter linear free energy relationships.
-Air-water partitioning, organic solvent-water partitioning. -Sorption and bioaccumulation.
-Environmental transformations I: Hydrolysis, Hammett relationships.
-Environmental transformations II: Oxidation & Reduction. -Prediction of environmental fate.

Learning Outcome

After attending the course, the students are able to estimate environmental behaviour from molecular structure. Based on functional groups and physicochemical parameters, they can assess in which environmental compartments chemicals will accumulate; estimate their tendency to undergoing long-range transport; and predict potential transformation pathways.


Introductory courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Environmental Chemistry (CH0141) Elsner, M.
Assistants: Popp, C.
Tue, 08:00–09:30, N1095ZG

Learning and Teaching Methods

The theoretical principles for chemical processes in the environment including real and virtual models are presented during the lectures, supported by PowerPoint presentations and blackboard work. Accompanying exercises on model calculations allow the students to get familiar with computational aspects of fate and transport of substances in natural environments.


Slides, Board


Schwarzenbach, Imboden, Gschwend, Environmental Organic Chemistry, 2017

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination of the module is a written, closed-book test of 60 minutes duration. The exam controls through theoretical questions to what exent students are able to recognize the behaviour of organic chemicals (partitioning, speciation, (bio)chemical reactions) in the environment (water, soil, air, biota) and, based on this understanding, to predict their fate (persistence, distribution, bioaccumulation, transformation).

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Organic Environmental Chemistry
Tue, 2024-02-20, 13:30 till 14:30 0980
Exam only Modul CH0141 till 2024-02-12
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