Kristopher McNeill: Katalogdaten im Frühjahrssemester 2016

NameHerr Prof. Dr. Kristopher McNeill
I. f. Biogeochemie/Schadstoffdyn.
ETH Zürich, CHN F 31.2
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Auszeichnung: Die Goldene Eule
Telefon+41 44 632 47 55
BeziehungOrdentlicher Professor

701-0208-00LE in die Umweltchemie und Umweltmikrobiologie
Voraussetzungen: Chemie I und Chemie II, Biochemie, Mikrobiologie
1 KP1GG. Furrer, M.  Lever, K. McNeill
KurzbeschreibungIm Rahmen von Exkursionen erhalten die Studierenden Einblicke in Forschung und Praxis auf dem Gebiet der Umweltchemie und Umweltmikrobiologie. Themenkreise umfassen u.a. Abwasserreinigung, Deponien, Trinkwasseraufbereitung, Einfluss der Landwirtschaft auf die Gewässerqualität und Chemikalienbeurteilung.
LernzielKennenlernen typischer Fragestellungen der Umweltchemie/Umweltmikrobiologie. Anwendung der chemischen und mikrobiologischen Grundkenntnisse auf umweltrelevante Probleme.
InhaltDiskussion ausgewählter Fallbeispiele, verbunden mit Exkursionen.
SkriptMoodle (
Zusätzliche Unterlagen werden evtl. abgegeben.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesChemie I und Chemie II, Biochemie, Mikrobiologie
701-1302-00LTerm Paper 2: Seminar
Prerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L).
2 KP1SK. McNeill, M. Ackermann, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M.  Lever, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli, L. Winkel
KurzbeschreibungThis class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of the Term paper Writing class (701-1303-00L). The results from the term paper written during the winter term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper Seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate the results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments.
InhaltEach student presents the results of the term paper to the other students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience.
LiteraturTerm paper
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe term papers will be made publically available after each student had the opportunity to make revisions.

There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion.
701-1303-00LTerm Paper 1: Writing Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen 5 KP6AM. H. Schroth, M. Ackermann, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M.  Lever, K. McNeill, B. Wehrli, L. Winkel
KurzbeschreibungThe ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarize the information in
a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practice this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to
critically evaluate a well-defined set of research subjects, and to
summarize the findings concisely in a paper of scientific quality. The
paper will be evaluated based on its ability to communicate an
understanding of a topic, and to identify key outstanding questions.
Results from this term paper will be presented to the fellow students and
involved faculty in the following semester (Term paper seminars)
InhaltEach student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the supervisors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their advisors throughout the term. The paper itself should contain the following elements: Motivation and context of the given topic (25%), Concise presentation of the state of the science (50%), Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25).
In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialized knowledge is not expected, nor required, neither is new research.
SkriptGuidelines and supplementary material will be handed out at the beginning of the class.
LiteraturWill be identified based on the chosen topic.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesEach term paper will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of a written review is a condition for obtaining the credit points.
There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submission of another student's review.
701-1314-00LEnvironmental Organic Chemistry3 KP2VK. McNeill, T. Hofstetter, M. Sander
KurzbeschreibungThis course is focused on environmental transformation reactions of organic chemical contaminants. An overview of important fate processes of organic pollutants will be given, along with a discussion of the factors that determine pathways and rates of transformation reactions. Special emphasis will be given to redox transformations, photochemical reactions, and enzyme-catalyzed processes.
LernzielThe students will
- further their knowledge of important classes of environmentally relevant organic compounds
- become familiar with the tools for studying reaction mechanisms
- learn the fundamentals of environmental photochemistry
- obtain a detailed understanding of redox reactions of pollutants and biogeochemically important species
- get a survey of important enzymatic transformations
- learn to critically evaluate published data
Inhalt-Methods and tools used in the study of reaction mechanisms and kinetics
- Environmental photochemistry, including direct and indirect photolysis
- Redox properties of important environmental phases and redox reactions of organic pollutants
- Enzyme-catalyzed reactions involved in environmentally important enzymatic processes
SkriptMaterials that are needed beyond the required text will be distributed in the lecture.
LiteraturSchwarzenbach, R.P., P.M. Gschwend, and D.M. Imboden. Environmental Organic Chemistry. 2nd Ed. Wiley, New York, 1313 pp. (2002)
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesIntroduction to Environmental Organic Chemistry, Bachelor 5th semester, M. Sander, E. Janssen, K. McNeill
701-1350-00LCase Studies in Environment and Health4 KP2VK. McNeill
KurzbeschreibungThis course will tell the story of a few individual chemicals from different standpoints: their basic chemistry, environmental behavior, ecotoxicology, human health impacts, and societal role. The goal of the course is to draw out the common points in each chemical's history to be able to better predict the environmental and human health impacts of new chemicals whose story is so far unknown.
LernzielThis course aims to illustrate how the individual molecular properties and societal pressures lead to environmental and human health crises. The ultimate goal of the course is to identify common aspects that will improve prediction of environmental crises before they occur. Students are expected to participate actively in the course, which includes the critical reading of the pertinent literature and class presentations.
InhaltEach semester will feature between three and five case studies of molecules, or classes of molecules, that have had a profound effect on human health and the environment. These case studies will be explored from different angles, including considering their environmental chemistry their toxicology and their societal role. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion and, on selected topics, to lead the discussion.
SkriptHandouts will be provided as needed.
LiteraturHandouts will be provided as needed.