Air Pollution

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBPH035-05
Vaknaam Air Pollution
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Physics and Chemistry of Air Pollution
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
Know the basic physical and chemical processes related to the emission and atmospheric fate of particulate and gaseous pollutants

Solve problems problems related to aerosol physics as well as the formation and transport of pollutants using the relevant physical or chemical equations
Explain the atmospheric concentrations, health and climate effects of pollutants based on their physico-chemical properties and atmospheric dynamics
Conduct and evaluate an experiment of measuring particle concentrations using a personal sampler and write a concise and clear project report
Evaluate an air quality data set using exploratory data analysis
Omschrijving Bad air quality is a serious problem worldwide and estimated to cause more premature deaths than e.g., malaria. The goal of this course is to give students a understanding about the physics and chemistry of air pollution. The main focus of this course is not on numbers and figures, but rather on the physical and chemical processes related to particulate (aerosol) and gaseous atmospheric pollutants. The first lectures cover basic principles of aerosol physics and chemistry as well as gas phase chemistry. This knowledge subsequently used to study emission sources of pollutants, their fate in the atmosphere and effects on health and climate. The course also covers modern measurement methods and gives a brief introduction of modelling atmospheric pollutants.

The course consists of 11 lectures alternated with 5 tutorials used to discuss problems that are designed to deepen the understanding of the material and prepare students for the mid-term and final exam. The course will also contain a an experimental with opportunity for the students to design their own experiment to measure and evaluate aerosol pollution using personal samplers.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(20 LC, 2 S, 4 S, 6T, 4T, 25 ASM, 40 PRC, 37 self study)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Tussentoets (IT), Verslag (R)
(WE 55%, IT 15%, R 15%)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. U. Dusek
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. U. Dusek , Guest lecturer
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Air Pollution: Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation, Third Edition Jeremy Colls, Abhishek Tiwary, CRC press 978-0415479325
Entreevoorwaarden To follow this course the student should be able to
(i) solve simple ordinary differential equations,
(ii) have a basic understanding of thermodynamics (e.g. Gibbs free energy)
(iii) have a basic understanding of statistical mechanics
Opmerkingen The maximum number of points to be earned in this course is 100. The final exam is 55 points, the mid-term teats are 15 points each and the project report is also 15 points. In the tutorials max. 1 point can be earned per successfully presented problem, max 10 extra points can be earned in total/student.

The introduction to the practicum, the presentation of the project plan and the presentation of the project results are mandatory. If students are not able to make it with good reason, they have one chance of scheduling a different appointment with the teaching assistant, as long as it is earlier than the scheduled results presentation.

This course was registered last year with course code WBPH15000
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Pre-master/Fast-track for MSc Astronomy - Physics - EES - Nano - semester II a premaster EES
BSc Courses for Exchange Students: Astronomy - Physics - Energy & Environment - semester II a
BSc Natuurkunde  (Track: Energy and Environmental Physics) 3 semester II a verplicht