Projekt vybudování Centra pro výzkum toxických látek v prostředí
Centrum pro výzkum
toxických látek v prostředí
Kamenice 753/5, pavilon A29
625 00 Brno

Real World Environmental Organic Chemistry: Using Environmental Modeling and Testing to Design Less Persistent Chemicals

přírodaDr. Staci L. Simonich

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental
and Molecular Toxicology & Department of Chemistry
Oregon State University


17. - 19.5. 2010


This course focuses on the evaluation of current use chemicals and the design of new chemicals with regard to environmental persistence. The application for these chemicals includes consumer products and agricultural chemicals. Using complementary environmental modeling and testing methods, the students will explore the determination of physical-chemical properties, environmental partitioning, and transformation reactions (hydrolysis, photolysis, and biodegradation) to evaluate environmental persistence. Students will work in teams to evaluate the persistence of current use chemicals, propose modeling and testing strategies for refining the assessment and suggest ways the environmental persistence of the chemical might be reduced. This course was designed by Dr. Simonich based on her experience working in the global consumer product industry and running her research laboratory at Oregon State University.

About the lecturer:

Dr. Staci L. SimonichDr. Staci L. Simonich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University.
Prior to joining Oregon State University in 2001, she worked in the global consumer product industry. Her laboratory’s current research focuses on understanding the trans-Pacific and regional transport of semi-volatile organic compounds, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Her research program seeks to understand the relative impact of current and historical Asian and North American source emissions on human health. She received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry/Roy F. Weston Environmental Chemistry Award in 2001 and the NSF Career Award in 2003. Her research has been published in Science, Nature, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Journal of Geophysical Research.

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Contact person: Veronika Pašková