The course topics include: An introduction to analytical
chemistry: choice of analytical methodology, sampling, sample
preparation, chemical analysis, tools for quantitative chemical
analysis, quality assurance. Extraction methods such as
liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, super-critical
fluid extraction and pressurised liquid extraction. Cleanup and
fractionation methods. Introduction to Chromatography,
high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC)
and other chromatographic methods. Detector types with focus on
mass spectrometry and hyphenated techniques such as GC-MS and
LC-MS. Introduction to spectroscopic methods (UV-VIS, IR, X-ray,
atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and inductive coupled plasma
mass spectrometry). Introduction to data processing, errors in
chemical analyses, statistical analyses (including chemometrics)
and data presentation. Method development, evaluation, validation
and QA/QC measures.
Compulsory laboratory exercises comprise projects which involve sampling, extraction and cleanup, methods of analysis, data processing and data evaluation.
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The course objective is to introduce the participants to modern
instrumental techniques and analytical approaches within
environmental- and soil chemistry, food chemistry and plant
After completing the course the student should be able to:
Describe the theory of sampling, sample preparation and sample preparation techniques
Refer to the chemical theory behind the use of modern instrumental techniques for quantitative chemical analysis
Describe how to identify unknown compounds by mass spectrometry and to measure their concentrations in environmental and food samples
Develop and apply methods for separating chemical compounds in mixtures using chromatography
Perform quantitative chemical analysis of organic compounds and metals
Apply solid data processing and evaluation of analytical data
Develop, validate and apply analytical methods in different field of research
Evaluate and discuss analytical chemical data from the literature.
Do problem solving in analytical chemistry
Lectures and theoretical exercises: The lectures will present
the general chemical background of the measurement principles and
instrumental techniques as well as theory on sampling, data
processing, data analysis, quality assurance and method validation.
Theoretical exercises: These exercises will train the students to carry out calculations on the data produced from different instrumental techniques including statistical analyses, reporting and QA/QC.
Laboratory exercises: Laboratory exercises represent the heart of the course. Here, the participants train the different instrumental techniques and get used to analytical work in the laboratory. The laboratory exercises comprise 6 compulsory themes. Theoretical and laboratory exercises are performed by groups of 2 or 3 students. A 1-day excursion to a larger accredited laboratory is included in the course.
Daniel C. Harris: Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Compendium for laboratory exercises, handouts and electronic resources.
Details will be announced on Absalon.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
- Type of assessment details
- The oral examination will focus on practical aspects of analytical chemistry. 20 min exam with 40 min preparation.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment
See learning outcome
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Block 3
CWhen there is more than 25 participants on the course, the participants will be divided into laboratory teams. Some of these teams will have laboratory exercises outside the normal course module.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
- Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Jan H. Christensen (3-726b704878746d7636737d366c73)
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