Chemical analysis of environment and materials

Prof. dr hab. Jacek Gliński, Dr hab. Anna Mondry, Dr hab. Grażyna Oczko, Dr hab. Mirosław Karbowiak, Dr Andrzej Burakowski, Dr Joanna Cybińska, Dr Paula Gawryszewska, Dr Małgorzata Guzik, Dr Małgorzata Puchalska, Dr Jerzy Sokolnicki
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


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.


  • possesses general knowledge in chemistry, knows fundamental chemical concepts and theories

  • knows basic aspects of construction and operations of scientific equipment

  • knows the rules of safety and hygiene of work in chemical laboratory


  • is able to analyze problems in the area of chemistry and finds their solutions based on known theories

  • is able to perform chemical analyzes and to formulate on their results the qualitative conclusions

  • is able to plan and perform syntheses and physicochemical investigations of chemical compounds and to analyze their results

  • is able to gain knowledge independently

Other competences:

  • is able to cooperate in team, undertaking different roles