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Water Chemistry



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-10 - 2020-12-22

Water chemistry introduces the principles and use of calculations of equilibra in aquatic systems.


Water chemistry introduces the principles and applications for chemical equilibria in aquatic systems. The course includes weak and strong single- and multiple acid- and base systems, including calculations on such complex systems. Titration curves and buffer properties will be discussed. The equilibria between gas and liquid phase (e.g. for CO2 ) will be included. The equilibria between metals selected complex formers will be discussed.


Recommended previous knowledge

BIK300 Analytical chemistry, KJE240 Analytical Environmental Chemistry

Learning outcomes

After passing this course the students should be able to:

  • understand general topics as acid and base reactions, precipitation/dissolution and complexing
  • understand basic analytical methods used in water chemistry (eg. for pH, conductivity & alkalinity)
  • understand the carbonate buffer system, and the impact for aquatic chemistry in general
  • understand effects of speciation on availability and toxicity of selected ions


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