Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Environmental Processes for MSc students

Overall Course Objectives

The overall aim of the course is to:
Get a quantitative understanding of important physical,chemical and microbiological processes that control:
– Concentrations of compounds in the environment
– Concentrations of compounds in environmental engineering reactors/technical installations
Create the foundation for more advanced courses within water technology and water pollution

Learning Objectives

  • Calculate concentrations in chemical equilibrium systems with acids and bases, chemical precipitation and complex formation reactions
  • Carry out equilibrium calculations in two-phase gas/liquid systems
  • Calculate concentrations in systems with sorption and ion exchange
  • Explain the content of specifications of water quality and be able to describe the concentrations of important components in water
  • Set up mass balances for natural and technical systems and be able to calculate characteristic times
  • Conduct calculations – based on mass balances – of transport of water components controlled by advection, diffusion and dispersion, including the transport in porous media
  • Interpretation of tracer experiments as a mean for characterizing the hydraulics of environmental systems
  • Carry out calculations of reaction kinetics in simple batch reactors
  • Calculate concentrations in reactors combining reaction kinetics and mass transport (reactor hydraulics)

Course Content

Mass balances,chemical equilibria,acids and bases, carbonate chemistry, chemical precipitation, complex formation,phase distributions in two- and three-phase systems (water, solid gas),redox systems,ion exchange,sorption. Flow in porous systems. Soil properties.

Recommended prerequisites

A basic course in chemistry (1st year chemistry course) and basic knowledge on Excel

Teaching Method

Lectures and exercises.



The course or 12102 is a prerequisite for the majority of the MSc courses offered by DTU Environment.

See course in the course database.





13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12111
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Wed 8-17

7.500,00 DKK