Analytical Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

 

(375:310  2 credits)

Instructor: Lisa Rodenburg (formerly Totten) and Songyan Du  Rm 348; 932-9800 x 6218 rodenburg@envsci.rutgers.edu    sdu@envsci.rutgers.edu

Teaching Assistant: Wen Liu

Fall Semester 2010

SECTION 1:  Fridays 9:15 – 1:55; Room 205 ENRS Building

SECTION 2:  Wednesdays 10:55-3:35; Room 205 ENRS Building

TEXT:  NONE  Grading:  4 lab write-ups; 1 homework assignment; grading of others' lab reports

Description:  A chemistry laboratory course covering basic chemical lab techniques for the analysis of environmental samples 
with emphasis on written presentation of analytical results.


 

Important Notices:

NO CELL PHONES AND NO TEXTING IN CLASS

You must wear shoes with closed toes, and bring your safety glasses.

Most course business will be conducted through the sakai site.

If you are registered for the class, you should be able to log on the course page on sakai



common lab report errors
 

Sample lab report from 2006

Sample grades for this lab

 

Note:  According to the university schedule, Monday classes will be held on Wednesday 9/8.  

As a result, I request that if you can, Wednesday students come to class on Friday 9/10 at 9:15

 

Week

Lab

Date

1.

Check-in; write-ups and citations, weighing and pipetting

9/1 or 9/3

2.

Introduction to sampling equipment

9/10

3.

pH; sulfate by UV-vis spectroscopy

9/15 or 9/17

4.

Anions in water by IC part I:  sample prep

9/22 or 9/24

5.

Anions in water by IC part II:  ion chromatography

9/29 or 10/1

6.

PCBs in air by GC/ECD part I:  sample collection and extraction

10/6 or 10/8

7.

PCBs in air by GC/ECD part II:  “clean up"

10/13 or 10/15

8.

PCBs in air by GC/ECD part III:  GC/ECD analysis

10/20 or 10/22

9.

PCBs in air by GC/ECD part IV:  data analysis

10/27 or 10/29

10.

Trace metals part I

11/3 or 11/5

11.

Trace metals part II

11/10 or 11/12

12.

HPLC I

11/17 or 11/19

13.

Thanksgiving - NO CLASS

11/24 or 11/26

14.

HPLC II

12/1 or 12/3
  15.   finishing up 12/8 or 12/10

 

Write ups (each is due 1 week after conclusion of lab or at final exam period)

A comparison of UV-vis spectroscopy and ion chromatography for measurement of anions

PCBs in air by GC/ECD

Trace metals

HPLC

Announcements:

You must check your email and the sakai site frequently

Room 205 is accessible to me or the TA only


References for Handouts:

Acid-Base, Sulfate, and Nitrate handouts:

Kegley, S. E.; Andrews, J.  "the Chemistry of Water", University Science Books, Sausalito, California, 1998.

 

IC Theory:  

Piers, K.  "An Introduction to Ion Chromatography".  Class handout, Calvin College, 2001.

 

IC std method:

Greenberg, A.E.; Trussell, R.R.; Clesceri, L.S., Eds.  Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 16th Edition.  American Public Health Association:  Washington, DC. 1985.