Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training LLC

Environmental Chemistry Demystified

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This “chemistry for non-chemists” course, developed by Dr. Denise Turner, does not require attendees to have any background in chemistry. Dr. Turner and William Spain have taught this course for nearly 20 years. Drawing on more than 50 years combined field expertise with chemicals, these two instructors provide simple, straightforward explanations of the chemistry behind important environmental topics.

Case studies and real world examples are used throughout the course to make the chemistry of everyday life, both at home and at work, more understandable. Attending this course will improve your ability to comprehend key data found in material safety data sheets, laboratory analytical reports, and environmental assessments.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Material safety data sheets
  • Chemical compatibility/reactivity
  • Organic compounds
  • Metals
  • Sampling and analysis
  • Chemical reactions, when and why they occur
  • Waste treatment
  • Nuclear chemistry and radioactivity
  • Chemical measurements (metric units, PPM, PPB)

 The science behind many global environmental problems is also explained, including:

  • Climate change/global warming/global dimming
  • Ozone depletion/smog/acid rain/NOx
  • Biofuels/fossil fuels/nuclear power
  • Biomagnification/bioaccumulation
  • Wastewater treatment
  • PCBs, CFCs, DDT, dioxins, halogenated solvents
  • The Pacific Garbage Patch/Gulf of Mexico dead zone
  • The potential hazards of plastics

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day One

  • Defining and Understanding Matter
  • The Periodic Table
  • Metric Measurement
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Day Two 

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Water
  • Biological Chemistry
  • The Chemistry Behind MSDS
  • MSDS Case Study
  • Chemical Compatibility
  • Organic Nomenclature

 Day Three 

  • Chemical Reactions and Physical Treatment Process
  • Sampling and Analysis

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