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Course Detail

Course Name Modern Separation Methods
Course Code 15CHE436
Program B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction to binary distillation – The concept of K-factor; Multi-component distillation – Design, Models for multi-component design; Design of distillation columns for more than one feed stream; Pressure drop and tray-efficiency calculations.

Unit 2

Nature of Synthetic Membranes, General membrane Equation, Cross-Flow Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Reverse Osmosis, Membrane Modules and Plant Configuration, Membrane Fouling, Electrodialysis, Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant, Pervaporation, Liquid Membranes.

Gas Separations – Chromatographic Separations: Elution Chromatography, Band Broadening and Separation Efficiency, Types of Chromatography, Large Scale Elution Chromatography, Selective Adsorption of Proteins, Simulated Countercurrent Techniques, Pressure Swing Adsorption.

Unit 3

Combined Reaction and Separation, Comparison with other Separation Techniques – Ionic Separations: Ion Exchange Resins, Resin Capacity, Equilibrium, Exchange Kinetics; Ion Exchange Equipments – Other Techniques: Supercritical Fluid Extraction, Oil Spill Management; Industrial Effluent Treatment by Modern Techniques. Reactive Extraction, Reactive Distillation.

Text Books


  • J. D. Seader and E. J. Henley, “Separation Process Principles“, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2005.
  • R. W. Baker, “Membrane Technology and Applications“, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, UK, 2004
  • P. C. Wankat, “Separation Process Engineering”, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2006.
  • R. W. Rousseau, “Handbook of Separation Process Technology”, Wiley-Interscience, 1987.
  • J. M. Coulson and J. F. Richardson, “Chemical Engineering – Volume 2“, 5th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.
  • Y. Osada and T. Nakagawa, “Membrane Science and Technology”, Marcel Dekker, 1992.
  • Relevant journal publications.

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