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Recent Advances in Separation Processes (CHEN90036)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90036
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This subject provides an advanced focus on the separation processes that are part of the core knowledge and problem solving skills basis for chemical engineering unit operations. In addition, an advanced understanding of these processes will help enable students in the design of larger scale chemical engineers processes, particularly in the capstone deign project subject) as well as in chemical product design.

The separation processes covered in this subject include: multi-component distillation, absorption, solvent extraction, membrane, ion exchange, adsorption and gas-liquid contactors with reactions.
Each of these separation processes will be examined in detail and their application in a range of industries including oil and gas, mining, pharmaceutical, food and environmental remediation.

This subject is part of the c-Campus which is jointly taught with Tsinghua University in China. It will be delivered as a series of lectures half from Melbourne and half from China and students will need to interact with a similar class in China.


The separation process theory covered in this subject will enable students to build and develop quantitative models of how these separation processes work and so enable the student to apply these in new applications. This will include models based on the equilibrium stage approach as well as a transfer unit approach. These models will also be extended to non-ideal and transient flow conditions and to situations where mass transfer and chemical reaction occur simultaneously.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Analyse and design separation operations including adsorption and ion exchange, multicomponent distillation, solvent extraction, and gas-liquid contactors
  • Apply separation process principles to scenarios other than unit operations
  • Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution applied to advanced separation processes

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to learn, condense and take notes on technical materials in a lecture setting
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamiliar problems.

Last updated: 8 June 2019