ENV 706b/EVST 307 () / 2022-2023

Organic Pollutants in the Environment

Credits: 3

Spring 2023: M,W, 1:00-2:15, Sage 24


An overview of the pollution problems posed by toxic organic chemicals, including petroleum, pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, chlorinated solvents, and emerging contaminants such as PFAS, personal care products, and brominated compounds. The course covers the processes governing the environmental fate of organic pollutants (e.g., evaporation, bioconcentration, sorption, biodegradation, migration in groundwater), as well as tools for the prevention and remediation of organic pollution. Previous knowledge of organic chemistry is not required (but is welcome).