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Undergraduate Course: Membrane Science & Technology 5 (CIVE11030)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description Membrane Science & Technology 5 is a course that intends to demonstrate to students how nature works (biological membranes) and how such principles (membrane processes) can be used for medical, water & wastewater, processing and other industries by engineering appropriate materials and systems. The course hence leads from nature to material science and engineering, fundamental transport principles to applications and process design with immediate relevance to the water & wastewater treatment industry where membrane are becoming a predominant process choice worldwide.
The course material is innovative and gives the students a very good start in a leading edge career in a membrane technology area from medicine to wastewater engineering.
The variety of topics covered in the course brings together a number of approaches from biology, chemistry, mathematics, design software, water & wastewater engineering, sustainability, material science and is hence an ideal course to address numerous graduate attributes.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:
- Be familiar with main membrane processes, principles, separation mechanisms, and applications
- Appreciate the selection criteria for different membrane processes
- Describe the principle of the most common membrane applications
- Carry out a concept to design project for a particular membrane technology application.
Assessment Information
The assessment will be made on the basis of degree examination (70%) and coursework (30%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lectures: Titles & Content

L1&2 Introduction
L1 Course outline & assessment; reading; discussion of project requirements and tutorial structure.
L2 Introduction to general issues in membrane science & technology.
L3&4 Membrane Manufacturing
Biological Membranes, Membrane Polymer Manufacturing, Chemistry, Industrial Processes and Membrane Performance Implications, Guest Lecture Prof Howard Colquhoun, Chemistry, Reading University, UK
L5&6 Membrane Characterisation and Module Types
L5 Membrane characterisation
L6 Membrane module types
L7&8 Transport Mechanisms and Membrane Fouling
L7 Membrane principles and transport mechanisms
L8 Membrane fouling
L9&10 Pressure Driven Membrane Processes I
L9 Microfiltration principles and applications
L10 Ultrafiltration principles and applications
L11&12 Membrane Bioreactors
L11 Membrane bioreactor (MBR) principles and applications
L12 Industry performance of drinking water ultrafiltration and wastewater MBR Technology
L13&14 Electrodialysis
Electrodialysis Development, Principles, Electrochemistry, Industrial Applications and Membrane Performance Implications, Guest Lecture Prof Johannes Fritsch, Process Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany

L15&16 Pressure Driven Membrane Processes II
L15 Nanofiltration & Reverse Osmosis
L16 Coupling Renewable Energy & Membrane Technology
L17&18 Applications and Processes
Class Test 3
L17 Other membrane applications
L18 Current research in membrane science & technology
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list 1. Mulder, Marcel, 1991, Basic Principles of Membrane Technology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
2. Baker, R.W., Membrane technology and applications, 2nd ed., John Wiley 2004.
3. Schäfer, A., Fane, A.G., Waite, T.D. (2005) Nanofiltration $ú Principles & Applications, Elsevier.
4. Ho, W.S. Winston, Sirkar, Kamalesh K. (Eds), 1992, Membrane Handbook, Chapman & Hall, New York, USA.
5. Hillis, Peter (Ed), 2000, Membrane Technology in Water and Wastewater Treatment, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK.
6. Schäfer, A.I., 2001, Natural Organics Removal using Membranes, Principles, Performance and Cost, CRC Press, USA.
7. Noble, Richard D., Stern, S. Alexander (Eds), 1995, Membrane Separations Technology - Principles and Applications, Elsevier.
8. Mallevialle, J., Odendaal, P.E., Wiesner, M.R., 1996, Water Treatment Membrane Processes, McGraw-Hill.
9. Judd, S. Jefferson, B. (2003) Membranes for Industrial Wastewater Recovery
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Prof Andrea Schaefer
Tel: (0131 6)50 5719
Course secretary Mrs Laura Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 5690
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