Course detail

Environmental analytical chemistry

FCH-MCO_ENAAcad. year: 2020/2021

Students will be made familiar with basic principles of sampling for environmental analysis; composite and individual samples. SOP for sampling. Isolation of analytes from individual matrices. Methodical procedures for analysis of selected contaminants and xenobiotics in various matrices, principles of their determination. Determination of inorganic and organic pollutants in biotic and abiotic samples. Quality systems and their application in environmental analysis. Chemometry in the field of environmental analysis.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Obtaining of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of chemical analysis of environmental and biotic samples
1. Student become familiar with the differences in environmental analysis and the method of evaluating the matrix effect
2. Student will acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to establish standard operating procedures in environmental sampling and analysis of environmental
3. Student will gain experience with the selection of appropriate analytical methods for trace analysis on certain concentration levels
4. Student will gain experience with the selection of appropriate analytical methods for trace analysis on certain concentration levels
5. Student will learn to camp out all types of uncertainties in environmental analysis; demonstrate their knowledge by establishing the specific analytical data


Completion of the course Environmental Chemistry and Subject Instrumental and structural analysis. Conditions to apply for the examination of the environmental analysis is the exam of instrumental and structural analysis.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Popl M., Fahnrich J.: Analytická chemie životního prostředí, , 0 (CS)
Smith. R.-K.: Handbook of Environmental Analysis, , 0 (EN)
Subramanian. G. (ed.): Quality Assurance in Environmental Monitoring, , 0 (EN)
J. Čáslavský, J. G. K Ševčík a kol., Analýza organických látek: učební text projektu "Příprava kurzů a učebních textů v oboru vzorkování a chemické analýzy" : modul K02-2014, Český Těšín: 2 THETA, 2014. (CS)
Coufalík, P. Stopová analýza kovů. E-book, 2019. ISBN 978-80-904959-8-2 (CS)
J. R. Dean: Methods for environmental trace analysis, Wiley, 2003. ISBN: 978-0-470-84422-9 (EN)
E-learning (podklady k přednáškám z předmětu Environmentální analýza). (CS)
M. Baskaran, Handbook of Environmental Isotope Geochemistry, Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-3-642-10636-1 (EN)
R. Michener, K. Lajtha, Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science, Blackwell Publishing, 2007. ISBN 9781405126809 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Oral examination summarizing all the lessons learned from the field of applied analytical chemistry - environmental chemistry; presentation of processed essay

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Block 1
1. Subject environmental analysis and its differences compared with classical analytical chemistry
2. The issue of sampling in environmental matrices
2. Trace and ultratrace analysis, chemometry, metrological aspects of environmentasl analysis.
Block 2
1. Preanalytical procedures - isolation of analytes from abiotic and biotic matrices, clean-uú of extracts and leachates
2. Methods based on application of gas chromatography, including hyphenated techniques
3. Methods based on application of liquid chromatography, including hyphenated techniques
Block 3
1. Electromigration techniques applied in environmental analysis
2. Spectrophotometry applied in environmental analysis
Block 4
1. Chemometry and quality assurance/quality control systems
2. Accreditation in environmental laboratory
Block 5
1. Examples of analytical procedures for determination of selected biologically active compounds and selected inorganic and organic pollutants


Understanding of the questions of environmental analysis including modern analytical methods and procedures

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme NPCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer