Environmental Monitoring Experiment

Course code:

Target students: Undergraduates majoring in resources and environmental science

Period: 40 hours

Course credit: 2

Courses attributes: Major Elective Course

Leading teachers: Zhang Qinghua

Teaching objectives: The course is one of the major elective courses in Environmental Science undergraduate education. The course seeks to make the students have a deep understanding and full mastery of technologies for environmental monitoring. The purpose is improving their ability to observe, analyze and solve environmental problems. The course aims to cultivate interdisciplinary high-disciplinary graduates with experimental skills.

Prerequisite course:

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering

Educational Materials:

Environmental Monitoring Experiment (Version 1) By Zhang Xinying, Zhang Chaolan, Liu Shaogang, and Chen Chunqiang. 2016, Beijing: Science Press

Course content:

Experiment 1: Environmental electromagnetic radiation monitoring

1.1 The principle and usage of electromagnetic radiation meter

1.2 Monitoring methods of environmental electromagnetic radiation

Experiment 2: Environmental monitoring of atmospheric PM2.5

2.1 Measurement principle for atmospheric PM2.5

2.2 Calibration of large volume air sampler

2.3 Collection, equilibrium drying, and balance weighing of PM2.5 sample

2.4 Analysis of the measuring results

Experiment 3: Determination of pH value of soil

3.1 The principle for determination of soil pH

3.2 Analysis of the determination results

Experiment 4: Determination of formaldehyde in indoor air

4.1 Sample collection method

4.2 The principle and experimental operation of phenol reagent spectrophotometric method

4.3 Preparation of standard solution; chromogenic and colorimetric reaction; standard curve producing

4.4 Data processing and analysis; preliminary analysis of formaldehyde pollution in indoor air

Experiment 5: Determination of water soluble fluoride

5.1 The principle and usage of fluoride ion selective electrode method

5.2 Determination method

5.3 Analysis of the measuring results

Experiment 6: Determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in wastewater

6.1 The principle and method of COD determination

6.2 The principle of potassium dichromate method for COD determination

6.3 Determination of COD in wastewater and result analysis

Experiment 7: Determination of petroleum oil matter in water

7.1 Basic structure and usage of infrared spectrophotometer

7.2 Collection and preservation of water samples

7.3 The principle and operation of adsorption column purification method for organic pollutants

7.4 Evaluation of measurement results for petroleum oil matter in water

Experiment 8: Determination of arsenic in water

8.1 Principles and usage of atomic fluorescence spectrophotometer

8.2 Determination methods for arsenic in water

8.3 Analysis of the measuring results

Experiment 9: Determination of mercury in soil

9.1 Principles and usage of atomic spectrometry for mercury measurement

9.2 Analysis of the measuring results

Experiment 10: Determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air

10.1 Principle and operation of solid adsorption tube sampling method

10.2 Principle and operation of thermal desorption/capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

10.3 Principle of external standard quantitative method

10.4 VOCs determination and preliminary analysis of the pollution status