Course details
Course general details
Speciation and Bioavailability
Once every two years
Course contents
Jun 3, 2013
Jun 7, 2013
This course focuses on the speciation and bioavailability of metal complex species and organic compounds in aqueous environments.
PhD students and postdocs who are entering the field or want to deepen their knowledge on the subject are invited to apply for participation. Candidates from all over the world are welcome.
The course program will focus on the analytical and physical chemistry of metal ions and organic compounds in complexing aqueous environments and the bioavailabilities of different species.

Modern analytical speciation techniques such as DGT, PLM, DMT, stripping voltammetries, ligand exchange methods, SPME, radiotracer techniques, etc. will be discussed in methodological detail. The thermodynamic background of metal ion binding by simple ligands, macromolecular complexing agents, colloids and nanoparticles will be a key topic. Known equilibrium speciation codes will be tested in interactive exercises. Dynamic features of complex systems, including their lability characteristics, will be discussed on the basis of the underlying reaction kinetics and the pertinent molecular transport conditions. Rates of biomembrane transfer processes will be evaluated in terms of their physicochemical principles, and illustrated by a couple of case studies on metal uptake by animals and plants.

The program is concluded by a session in which participants present their own research topics within the framework of subjects discussed in the course. Participants are welcome to suggest topical issues that merit attention. The various sessions are led by a small international team of specialists. As much as possible, the lectures will be of an interactive nature.

Course conditions
May 20, 2013
The fee is € 250 for PhD students and € 400 for postdocs. Single-room accommodation with full board will cost approximately € 110 per night.
Wageningen, the Netherlands

Professor Raewyn M. Town email: Raewyn.Town(at)


Pre-registration is strongly recommended; send your message of interest to the course director, Prof. Raewyn M. Town, email: Raewyn.Town(at)

Nov 5, 2012
Registration Closed