Chemistry of atmospheric processes - AP216001
Title: Chemistry of atmospheric processes
Guaranteed by: Department of Gaseous and Solid Fuels and Air protection (216)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2019 to 2022
Semester: both
Points: 0
E-Credits: 0
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 3/0, other [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
can be fulfilled in the future
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: Skácel František doc. Ing. CSc.
Staf Marek Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : P216001
Examination dates   Schedule   
Annotation -
The aim of the course is to give students a comprehensive overview of the physico-chemical processes taking place in the troposphere and stratosphere. Even processes in higher atmospheric layers are not omitted. The content of the subject includes physico-chemical characterization of the atmosphere as a dynamic system, focuses on the thermal balance of the planet and the distribution of temperature within atmospheric stratification and a detailed description of the mechanisms of greenhouse gases and vapors. The subsequent part of the subject is strictly chemical and deals with reactions in clean troposphere, especially photooxidation reactions as well as reactions with hydroxyl radicals. Since anthropogenic sources of emissions are detrimental to important atmospheric functions, the significant part of the subject clarifies chemistry of the most important pollutants in the troposphere. Namely reactions of the following substances are described in more details: gases with acidic reaction, hydrocarbons and their derivatives and separately the wide group of greenhouse gases. Among other things mechanism of stratospheric destruction of ozone is discussed.
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Aim of the course -

Students will acquire the following knowledge by successfully completing the course: physical rules of energy and mass exchange within the individual atmospheric stratification layers, global and local flows, such as transport of atmospheric water, formation of precipitations and other processes, important also for long range transfer of pollutants. Students will also understand the mechanisms of atmospheric conversion of organic and inorganic pollutants. Among other things, they will be more familiar with cycles of natural formation and depletion of tropospheric ozone, as well as in detail with the chemistry of ozone decomposers. Likewise, students will know the mechanisms of day and night reactions that take place in the clean troposphere.

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Descriptors -

atmospheric chemistry, climate, VOCs, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, OH radicals, stratospheric ozone depletion, acidic and photochemical smog, acid rain, greenhouse effect

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Literature -

Z: Seinfeld, J., H., Pandis, S., N. Atmosphere Chemistry and Physics, 2nd ed.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-471-72018-8.


1. G. W. vanLoon, S. J. Duffy: Environmental Chemistry A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-922886-7

2. S. E. Manahan: Environmental Chemistry, 8th edition, CRC Press, 2005, ISBN 1-56670-633-5

3. F. R. Spellman: The Science of Air,CRC Press,2009, ISBN 978-1-4200-7532-8

4. Knudsen, H., Rasmussen, N. (eds.). Particulate Matter: Sources, Emission Rates and Health Effects, 1st ed.; Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-61470-948-0.

5. Tomita, A. (ed.). Emissions Reduction: NOx/SOx Suppression, 1st ed.; Elsevier Science Ltd., Oxford, 2001, ISBN: 978-0080440897.

6. Demidov, S., Bonnet, J. (eds.). Traffic Related Air Pollution and Internal Combustion Engines, 1st ed.; Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-60741-145-1.

7. Gomes, J., F., P. (ed.). Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration An Integrated Overview of Available Technologies, 1st ed.; Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-62257-187-1.

8. Cheremisionoff, N., P. Handbook of Air Pollution Prevention and Control, 1st ed.; Elsevier Science Ltd., New York, 2002, ISBN: 0-7506-7499-7.

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Teaching methods -

Two hours lecture weekly, completed with active participation of students, which present their own literary research and discuss the outcomes with the pedagogue

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Syllabus -

The content of the doctoral subject is divided into three consecutive units. The first part focuses on the physical laws in individual layers of atmospheric stratification. Students are acquainted in more details with the transport of energy and matter especially in the troposphere and stratosphere. Together with the description of global and local atmospheric flows, as well as the mechanisms contributing to formation of precipitations, methodology of synoptic meteorology is presented. As a part of the explanation of meteorological methods, ways of elaborating short-, medium- and long-term forecasts, including predictions of the global climate evolution, are defined separately. The second part of the subject focuses on the mechanisms of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactions, occurring especially in the stratosphere and in the pure troposphere. Separately acid-base and photochemical reactions are discussed. Particular attention is paid to reactions involving atomic oxygen, hydroxyl radical, hydroperoxyl radical and nitrate radical. The third and last part of the subject deals with chemistry of pollutants emitted by anthropogenic sources. Namely volatile organic compounds, acid gases, chlorinated, chlorofluorocarbons and fluorocarbons and other derivatives are solved. Special chapters deal with mechanisms of activity and decomposition of greenhouse gases and chemistry of stratospheric ozone layer destruction.

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Entry requirements -

No requirements

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Course completion requirements -

Evaluated presentation of the literary research from the branch of atmospheric reactions or chemistry of pollutants

Oral exam

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