MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Advanced Gas Separations

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN40461
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


Instruct students on fundamentals of advanced methods for the separation focusing on adsorption and membrane separations, and their use in the chemical industry.

Learning outcomes

ILO 1. Select and use appropriate thermodynamic and transport models to describe adsorption

ILO 2. Design and scale-up adsorption processes.

ILO 3. Use mathematical software to solve complex problems in adsorption separations

ILO 4. Identify suitable membranes for gas separation and pervaporation applications

ILO 5. Apply theories for the design and operation of membrane gas separation systems.

ILO 6. Use mathematical models to predict performance in membrane-based separations 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 50%
Written exam 20%
Set exercise 30%

Recommended reading

Core Reading Henley, Seader and Roper, Separation Process Principles with Applications Using Process Simulators,4th edition, Wiley. 
Essential Reading A.L. Myers and J.M. Prausnitz, Thermodynamics of mixed gas adsorption, AIChE J, 1965, 11,121-127 R.W. Baker, Membrane Technology and Applications, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0-470-74372-0 G 
Recommended Reading 
Cussler, Diffusion. Mass Transfer in Fluid Systems 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press. P. Wankat Separation Process Engineering: Includes Mass Transfer Analysis, Prentice Hall 2011 Encyclopedia of Membranes, Editors: Enrico Drioli & Lidietta Giorno. ISBN 978-3-662-443231 
J. W. Thomas and B.D. Crittenden, Adsorption Technology and Design, Oxford Butterworth Heinemann, 1998 R. T. Yang, Gas Separation by Adsorption Processes, Imperial College Press, 1987. D. M. Ruthven, Principles of Adsorption and Adsorption Processes, 1984. D. M. Ruthven, Pressure Swing Adsorption, John Wiley & Sons, 1993. J. U. Keller and R. Staudt, Gas Adsorption Equilibria: Experimental Methods and Adsorptive Isotherms, Springer US 2005 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Flor Siperstein Unit coordinator
Patricia Gorgojo Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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