Chemical analysis of environment and materials

Prof. Jacek Gliński D.Sc
Number of hours: 
1h X 15 weeks = 15 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)

1. To convey knowledge on fundamentals of physical methods in analytical chemistry
2. To strengthen the knowledge on selected aspects of physics and fundamental chemistry, in particular on chemical bonds, structure of chemical compounds, their stability, morphology etc.
3. To give practical skill on the most important types of physicochemical analytical methods in qualitative and quantitative analysis

Acquired Knowledge
• Knows and understands the fundamentals of analytical methods
• Knows the fundamentals of physics, understands and explains the physical processes and phenomena in nature, recognizes and applies the laws of nature in the professional and private life
• Knows the principles of safety and hygiene of labor. Recognizes and applies the principles of safe managing the chemicals and waste
Acquired Skills
• Analyzes the fundamental methods of chemical synthesis and the results of physicochemical investigations
• Designs typical chemical experiment according to the rules of good laboratory practice
• Prepares reports of experiments and adapts respective computer tools
• Applies basic statistical and computer techniques to describe chemical reactions and analysis of the experimental data
• Selects necessary information from specialist literature in English
• Evaluates the results of experimental results and verifies them comparing with the literature data
• Presents the experimental results and problems in form of written reports and presentations
Other competences
• Responsibility for the work and interpretation of results
• Responsibility for the safety of own and team’s work


lecture: written exam, it is possible to correct the note orally.
laboratory: students are expected to perform all the exercises planned


The course „Fundamentals of chemistry” (1st semester) credited


Lecture: Criterions of choice of chemical reactions for analytical aims (kinetic and thermodynamic). Collection and preparation of samples for analysis, especially the biological materials and drugs. Selected instrumental methods in analytical chemistry - physical foundations, construction of typical devices, examples of determinations of natural samples. Evaluation of the credibility of analytic methods, estimation of errors.

Laboratory: Six laboratory sessions, 5h each. Five tasks are performed individually or in pairs, according to schedule. Each exercise will be preceded by short test on the content of instruction. The sixth session is for completing tasks or correcting notes. The exercises are:

  • Acid+base and pH+metric titrations of H3PO4 in Pepsi, citric acid in citrons etc.

  • Distillation+densitometric determination of ethanol in beer or wine.

  • Paper (tissue) chromatography or thin-layer one: different solvents, markers or natural dyes. Separation of plant extract in column solid-carrier chromatograph.

  • Mineralization (in mineralizator) natural samples: leafs, milk in powder, tea, spices etc. After mineralization students perform classical identification of Fe and Zn. Quantitative determination of these elements using ICP.

  • Turbidimetric determination of sulphates or chlorides in natural water.