MEng Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Separation Processes

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN40461
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
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

Students will be able to:

ILO:1 Identify experimental and computational methods to characterize adsorption behavior in porous materials

ILO: 2 Describe adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics in porous materials

ILO: 3 Model chromatography- and adsorption-based separation processes using a simplified and a detailed mathematical framework

ILO: 4 Design industrially relevant adsorption-based separation processes

ILO: 5 Classify membrane process by type and select a suitable process for fluid mixtures.

ILO: 6 Identify suitable membranes for different application systems.

ILO: 7 Apply theories for the design and operation of membrane separation systems.

ILO: 8 Use mathematical models to predict performance in membrane-based separations.

Assessment methods

Assessment Types

Total Weighting

Mid-semester exam style assessment


Final Exam


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
Ashwin Kumar Rajagopalan Unit coordinator
Maria Perez-Page Unit coordinator

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