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Advanced Analytical Chemistry: Arctic Pollution Research
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5735-22-09-31 
Enrollment deadline: 27/04/2022
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeApril 2022 - June 2022
Regular seats16
LecturersJan H. Christensen
Nikoline Juul Nielsen
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personNikoline Juul Nielsen    E-mail address: njn@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJan H. Christensen    E-mail address: jch@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 4
Scheme groupC
Scheme group noteMonday 13.00 - 17.00 and Wednesday 8.00 - 17.00 and one week field trip to an arctic country (e.g., the Arctic Station in the Disko Island, Greenland, Svalbard or The Faroe Islands)
Exam formOral examination
Exam details7 scale. Internal censorship
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Theoretical exercises4.00
Field Work93.00


The course topics include: An introduction to problem solving in environmental analytical chemistry. Theory and practice for field sampling, safety for fieldwork in the Arctic, sample handling and sample preparation, analytical instrumentation and methods for field analysis, and scientific writing. The main focus will be on an setting up a sampling scheme for sediment, soil, air, water or biological matrices (e.g., mussels and fish bile), setting up a sample preparation and chemical analysis scheme that can work under field conditions, retrieval of metadata and contaminant data from the area or global data for GIS work, data analysis and scientific writing.

Aim and content

The project work represent the heart of the course. Here, the participants train aspects of sampling, sample preparation, chemical analysis, quality assurance, data analysis and spatial modelling.
The project work include 1 week of field work in the Arctic including sampling, sample preparation and chemical analysis on-site as well as spatial modelling of contaminant distribution if relevant for the specific project. Projects are performed in groups of 3-4 students.

Formel requirements
If you would like to participate please:
1) Register online by clicking on "Apply" and
2)Send an e-mail to Jan H. Christensen jch@plen.ku.dk stating your motivations (15-20 lines) and CV (max 2 pages).
On the basis of your motivation letter and CV we will decide whether you will be called for an interview to be accepted on the course.

Learning outcome

The course objective is to design and execute a field study on contaminant distribution in an arctic field site (e.g., the Disko Island, Greenland) including sampling, chemical analysis, and spatial modelling if relevant for the specific project.


MSc students will have to pay 6.000 DKK as a contribution to the travel expenses.

PhD students will have to pay 20.000 DKK to pay travel and lab expenses.

A course in instrumental analysis, like the course “Analytical Chemistry 1 LKEF10076”, is required and knowledge of, or a course in basic statistics, is also recommended. Knowledge on GIS technology and programming is an advantage.
For questions feel free to contact Jan H Christensen or Nikoline J Nielsen.


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