This course presents the basic principles of chemical and biological degradation of toxic chemicals, and familiarize the students with the application of the remedial technologies in natural environments. Topics covered include: 1) occurrence and ecological significance of toxic organic chemicals, 2) chemistry of contaminants, kinetics and mechanisms of degradation (chemical and biological), and 3) current technologies of bioremediation of contaminated soils and water.
Credits: 3 Semesters Offered: Spring Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of organic chemistry and microbiology will be needed to follow the material in this course.
Textbook: There is no required text for this course. However, the following text is recommended: Biodegradation and Bioremediation, M. Alexander (1999), Academic Press, New York.