Analysis of organic and inorganic polutants in ecosystems

Subject description

Concepts in trace analysis and micro analysis;characteristics and requirements, practical problems in trace analysis ,  importance of different steps of analytical procedure and their impact on results of chemical analysis, preconcentration and isolation of analytes from gasseous, liquid and solid samples.


Survey of methods of atomic spectrometry (atomic absorption -AAS and emission spectrometry –OES), elemental mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and their application for the determination of inorganic pollutants.


Principles of mass spectrometry (MS)


Principles of chromatographic separations – gas chromatography (GC), high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrophoresis (CE). Examples of the application of chromatografic methods for the determination of organic pollutants in real samples.


Hyphenated techniques in analysis of environmental samples- speciation analysis.

Some examples of determination of typical pollutants in air, water soil and biological samples.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

To obtain knowledge necessary for the understanding of analytical methods and procedures which are used for the determination of organic and inorganic pollutants in environmental samples.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures with seminar, seminar thesis (selected topic based on the literature survey),

Laboratory excercise deals with an example of practical analytical procedure,

Individual study with consultation

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:


The knowledge and understanding of characteristics of modern analytical methods for the determination of traces of inorganic and organic pollutans in environmental samples will enable selection or suggestion for the proper analytical approach for the solution of practical analytical problems and critical evaluationj of analytical results.

Basic sources and literature

Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Ed. F.W. Fifield, P.J. Haines, Blackwell Science, 2000,

Izbrana poglavja/Selected chapters: D. A Skoog, , F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, Thomson, 2007.


članki v znanstveni in strokovni periodiki s področja analizne kemije,


papers in scientific journals related to analytical chemistry

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