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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 9.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 11.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 16.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 18.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 23.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 25.3.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 30.3.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 1.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 6.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 8.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 20.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 22.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00
Mon 27.4.2020
14:15 - 16:00
Wed 29.4.2020
10:15 - 12:00

Other teaching

13.03. - 03.04.2020 Fri 14.15-16.00
17.04. - 24.04.2020 Fri 14.15-16.00
Teaching language: English


Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Aerosol Physics
    2. Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry

ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry

  • You will understand the features of atmospheric photochemical reactions, and be able to interpret photochemical and spectroscopic data related to atmospheric chemical reactions
  • You will understand and be able to apply spin selection rules to atmospheric chemical and photochemical reactions
  • You will understand and be able to apply reaction kinetic tools to atmospheric chemical reactions
  • You will have an in-depth understanding of oxidation reaction chains in the troposphere, and be able to use these to interpret e.g. air quality data.

Toward the end of the studies, after taking at least ATM306, and ideally also other related chemistry and physics courses.

Planned to be lectured every second year if possible, first lectures planned for spring 2019

The course will be lectured in the III period.

  • Principles of photochemistry
  • Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere
  • Spin and other selection rules, fundamental features of spectroscopy as applied to atmospheric chemistry
  • Reaction kinetic and reaction dynamic tools
  • Tropospheric oxidation chains (also relevant to combustion chemistry)

There is no official coursebook. Lecture notes will be distributed via Moodle.

For deeper understanding, any of the following books could be useful. Jacob’s book is freely available online (though a bit old by now). Holloway & Wayne especially recommended as a relatively cheap and modern introductory book.

• D. J. Jacob: Introduction to atmospheric chemistry, Princetown Univ. Press, 1999. (Available online: http://acmg.seas.harvard.edu/people/faculty/djj/book/index.html)

• J. H. Seinfeld & S.N. Pandis: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 2nd/3rd ed, Wiley, 2006/2016

• R. P. Wayne: Chemistry of atmospheres, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2000

• A. M. Holloway, R. P. Wayne: Atmospheric Chemistry, RSC Publishing, 2010

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Final exam (individual). Total hours 130.

Final grade is based on exercises (40%) and final exam (60%).

Special arrangements due to the coronavirus situation:

Lectures in Zoom. The attendance requirement for the student presentations is cancelled. Students are allowed to give their own presentations remotely, e.g. via Skype – please contact the lecturer beforehand to arrange this.

Lectures, exercises and exam, possible laboratory visits.