Graduate School

Selected Topics in Air Pollution

This course is part of the programme:
Environmental Sciences (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

To present to the students deepen knowledge on up-to-date research activities related to problems of atmospheric pollution.


Student must have fulfilled all obligations from the first academic year

Content (Syllabus outline)

Content of course is selected by student in agreement with supervisor on topics covered by his/her research work. Topics of course are confirmed by scientific committee of Postgraduate studying program at the Faculty of environmental studies.

Intended learning outcomes

Understanding of sources, chemical processes and consequences of atmospheric pollution. Autonomous work on problems related to atmospheric pollution.


Selected articles related to atmospheric pollution (at least 20 articles).


  • Seminar work 50% • Oral exam 50%

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Mladen Franko is full professor of chemistry at the University of Nova Gorica.

Selected references:

  • EBRAHIMPOUR, Zeinab, PLIEKHOVA, Olena, CABRERA, Humberto, ABDELHAMID, Mahmoud, KORTE, Dorota, GADEDJISSO-TOSSOU, Komlan Segbéya, NIEMELA, Joseph J., LAVRENČIČ ŠTANGAR, Urška, FRANKO, Mladen. Photodegradation mechanisms of reactive blue 19 dye under UV and simulated solar light irradiation. Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy. [Print ed.]. May 2021, vol. 252, str. 1-10, ilustr. ISSN 1386-1425. DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.119481. [COBISS.SI-ID 49732355]
  • CABRERA, Humberto, GOLJAT, Leja, KORTE, Dorota, MARÍN MOARES, Ernesto, FRANKO, Mladen. A multi-thermal-lens approach to evaluation of multi-pass probe beam configuration in thermal lens spectrometry. Analytica chimica acta. [Print ed.]. Mar. 2020, vol. 1100, str. 182-190, ilustr. ISSN 0003-2670. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.12.009. [COBISS.SI-ID 5499131]
  • CABRERA, Humberto, KORTE, Dorota, FRANKO, Mladen, et al. Trace detection and photothermal spectral characterization by a tuneable thermal lens spectrometer with white-light excitation. Talanta. [Print ed.]. Jun. 2018, vol. 183, str. 158-163, ilustr. ISSN 0039-9140. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2018.02.073. [COBISS.SI-ID 5110011],
  • LIU, Mingqiang, MALOVRH, Sara, FRANKO, Mladen. Microfluidic flow injection thermal lens microscopy for high throughput and sensitive analysis of sub−μLsub−μL samples. Analytical methods. 2016, vol. 8, iss. 25, str. 5053-5060, ilustr. ISSN 1759-9660. DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00932H. [COBISS.SI-ID 4365051]
  • LIU, Mingqiang, FRANKO, Mladen. Progress in thermal lens spectrometry and its applications in microscale analytical devices. Critical reviews in analytical chemistry, ISSN 1040-8347, 2014, vol. 44, no. 4, str. 328-353, doi: 10.1080/10408347.2013.869171. [COBISS.SI-ID 3340539]
  • TRAN, Chieu D., FRANKO, Mladen. Dual-wavelenght thermal-lens spectrometry as a sensitive and selective method for trace gas analysis. Engineering optics. 22 (1989) ; str. 477-479. ISSN 0952-8911. [COBISS.SI-ID 8441092]
  • TRAN, Chieu D., FRANKO, Mladen. Dual-wavelength thermal-lens spectrometry as a sensitive and selective method for trace gas analysis. Journal of physics. E, Scientific instruments. [Print ed.]. 1989, vol. 22, str. 586-589. ISSN 0022-3735. [COBISS.SI-ID 14522919]
  • JALINK, Henk, BICANIC, Dane, FRANKO, Mladen, BOZÓKI, Zoltán. Vapor-phase spectra and the pressure-temperature dependence of long-chain carboxylic acids studied by CO laser and the photoacoustic heat-pipe detector. Applied spectroscopy. 1995, let. 49, št. 7, str. 994-999. ISSN 0003-7028. [COBISS.SI-ID 2100758]

University course code: 3OK007

Year of study: 2

Semester: 3-4

Course principal:

ECTS: 10


  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 240 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures, seminar