After the course, the PhD student should be able to:
provide an overview of current research topics and to discuss recent findings in the area of environmental geochemistry and ecotechnology know the principles of important methods for material characterization, including Xray powder diffraction and Xray absorption spectroscopy interpret and statistically treat water chemistry data (spatially or temporally distributed) in a scientifically sound way, using spreadsheets or geochemical software
discuss how to design projects that address important research issues with stateof the art analytical techniques and results interpretation.
The course includes a seminar programme. Eight seminars of which at least six must be attended to pass the course. Topics of the ten seminars:
Current research trends in Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotechnology
Binding of metals and nutrients in soil and ground. Mechanisms and environmental relevance The arsenic problem in groundwater an overview
Use of ecotechnology for passive treatment of sewage and contaminated water Evaluating mineral phase composition by means of Xray powder diffraction Use of Xray absorption spectroscopy to unravel speciation and structures Geochemical modellin; overview of sftware and tools to intepret chemical data Guest lecture on selected topic
Between each seminar, participants should discuss defined aspects of each talk. Each seminar ends with discussion of the previous seminar. Exercises:
Xray powder diffraction data acquisition and interpretation
Xray absorption spectroscopy introduction to interpretation of EXAFS and XANES data Speciation modelling with Visual MINTEQ
In addition, a project work assignment is included in which course participants tackle data from own research with methodology related to the course.
Research Papers, book chapters, extracts from books. Details to be announced before start of the course.
pass / not pass
Participation in seminar discussions, solved exercise problems, completed project work assignment.