Atmospheric Physical Chemistry

(Course Code: 234KEΥ, Course outline)

Semester: 7 Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Special background Instructor:  Christodoulos Pilinis
  • Understanding the basic principles of atmospheric physicochemistry
  • Acquiring the ability to identify and illustrate the main fuel-air mixture characteristics
  • Application of chemical kinetics to extract mathematical models for the determination of the concentrations of gaseous pollutants.
  • Acquiring the ability to use statistical and thermodynamic concepts to determine the concentrations of aerosols
Topics per Week: Major air pollutants and their adverse effects units major sources of air pollutants and particulate matter

Chemical kinetics

Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere

Alkane and alkene chemistry

Carbonyl chemistry

Heterogeneous reactions

Catalytic reactions

Production of primary pollutants during fuel combustion

Atmospheric aerosols, nucleation, condensation and coagulation of particulate matter

The principle of aerosol thermodynamic equilibrium

The deliquescence relative humidity

Aerosol distributions.

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:
Grading: Written examination at the end of the semester
Notes: Σημειώσεις Φυσικοχημικών Διεργασιών (In Greek)
Basic Textbook:
  • Not offered
Bibliography: -William C. Hinds, (1998), “Aerosol Technology : Properties, Behavior, and Measurement of Airborne Particles” ,Wiley, ISBN 0471194107

-Daniel Jacob, (1999), “Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry”, Princeton Univ Pr., ISBN 0691001855

-Finlayson-Pitts, B. J. and Pitts, J. N., (1986), “Atmospheric chemistry”, Wiley, ISBN 0471882275

-Friedlander S. K., (1977), “Smoke Dust and Haze”, Wiley, ISBN 0471014680

-Kouimtzis, T. and Samara, C., (1995), “Airborne particulate matter”, Springer, ISBN 3540589325



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