SOC-22306 Chemical Processes in Soil, Water, Atmosphere

Code last year: (SOQ-22306)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. T Hiemstra
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. T Hiemstra
prof. dr. AA Koelmans
dr. ir. LWA van Hove
Examiner(s)dr. ir. T Hiemstra

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PCC-12303 General Chemistry 1 and PCC-12403 General Chemistry 2; SOC-22803 Introduction to Soil Chemical, Physical and Biological Processes; AEW-23803 Water 2; MAQ-10306 Introduction Atmosphere.

Continuation courses:

MAQ-34806 Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality; SBL-21806 Soil Quality; SOC-21306 Soil pollution and soil protection; AEW-31306 Water Quality; SOC-34806 Applications in Soil and Water Chemistry.


The lectures and tutorials will cover the major chemical processes in Soil, Water, and Atmosphere in six themes. These themes are: Water composition & speciation (week 1), Mineral-water interactions: Dissolution & precipitation (week 2), Solid-solution interfaces: Particles, surfaces & adsorption (week 3), Sediment-water interactions (week 4), Troposphere chemistry (week 5), and Cloud formation & chemistry (week 6). The themes are quantitatively approached and exercised in the tutorials.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the role of chemistry in processes acting in soil, water, and atmosphere;
- describe the chemical composition and equilibrium speciation of the water phase in the system Soil-Water-Atmosphere;
- explain and interpret graphically major speciation processes related to mineral dissolution and formation;
- describe and apply basic processes of adsorption, regulating the behavior of minor components in the system Soil-Water-Atmosphere;
- explain and interpret graphically the basic redox processes in water-sediment systems;
- describe and explain the major equilibrium and dynamic processes regulating the composition of the atmosphere;
- solve questions in the field of soil, water, and atmospheric Chemistry by doing quantitative calculations under simplified conditions related to practical applications.


- attend lectures and tutorials;
- do chemical calculations and homework.


Written open book exams.


Lecture and tutorial notes:
I) Chemical processes in Soil-Water-Atmosphere: Elements of soil, water, and atmospheric chemistry;
II) Chemical processes in Soil-Water-Atmosphere: Answers and Tables.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2MO
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc2MO
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