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Postgraduate Course: Gas Separations Using Membranes (MSc) (PGEE11075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course complements other courses on CO2 capture available to MSc students illustrating the role that membranes could play in the separation process. In addition to introducing transport phenomena in membranes and the different materials and properties, a brief overview of the module design will be considered. Several case studies will be illustrated to highlight the correlation between material properties and real applications.
Course description Part I: Introduction to membrane separations

1 Overview of membrane science and technology.
2 Membranes in gas separation and carbon capture.
3 Types of membranes.

Part II: Transport phenomena in membranes

4 Transport in dense membranes
5 Transport in porous membranes
6 Effect of structure on transport properties
7 Multicomponent permeation
8 Multiscale Modelling

Part III: Experimental characterisation of transport properties

9 Equilibrium measurement: solubility and dilation.
10 Diffusivity measurements
11 Permeability measurements
12 Advanced characterisation.

Part IV: Membrane module and processes

13 Membrane preparations.
14 Module configurations.
15 Process design.

Part V: Case studies

16 Postcombustion CO2 capture
17 Hydrogen separation
18 Air separation
19 Natural gas separation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Students should:
1) Have an overview of the possible uses of membranes for carbon capture applications.
2) Understand the fundamentals of mass transport in membranes.
3) Be able to model transient diffusion in a membrane.
4) Understand the effect of different materials on the process configurations.
Reading List
Richard W. Baker, Membrane Technology and Applications 2004

Marcel Mulder, Basic Principles of Membrane Technology 1996

Richard N. Noble, S. Alexander Stern Membrane Separations Technology, Principles and Applications 1995

J. Crank, The Mathematics of Diffusion 1975

H. Strathmann, Introduction to Membrane Science and Technology, 2011
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMembranes,gas separation,CCS,carbon capture
Course organiserDr Maria-Chiara Ferrari
Tel: (0131 6)50 5689
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 7185
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