Membrane Separation Technology


Membrane separation is a very diverse and rapidly growing field of technology. Membranes have gained an important place in chemical technology and are used in a broad range of applications. They offer energy-efficient and cost-effective solutions in as diverse applications as water desalination, purification of natural gas, ultrafiltration of dairy products, artificial kidneys, and controlled release pharmaceuticals. This course provides a compact, intensive, hands-on introduction with engaging assignments and activities to membrane science and technology. Participants will get familiar with principles of membrane technology and engineering aspects of membrane separation processes, including gas permeation, pervaporation, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, and dialysis. Special emphases will be given to mechanisms of transport in membranes, and design and modeling of membrane processes. Current trends and future directions of membrane technology will be presented. We will also provide a certificate to verify that you have completed the short course.

Who Should Attend

This course would be beneficial to all Engineers and technicians with some familiarity of separation processes and design who would like to get a jump-start in the field of membrane separation. Academics who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills to better understand this rapidly developing multidisciplinary field of technology. Plant managers and engineers contemplating improvement of currently used separation processes.


  1. Introduction
    • Course Objectives
    • Course Overview
    • Suggested References
  2. Basic Concepts
    • Rate equation
    • Driving forces
    • Productivity, selectivity and stage cut
  3. Membrane Transport theory
    • Transport in porous membrane
    • Solution-diffusion mechanism
  4. Membranes and modules
    • Membrane materials
    • Hollow fiber membrane
    • Membrane modules and module selection
  5. Concentration polarization
    • Boundary layer film model
    • Concentration polarization in liquid separation processes
    • Concentration polarization in gas separation processes
  6. Gas permeation
    • Theoretical background
    • Flow configurations
    • Design equations
    • Process design
    • Applications
  7. Established membrane processes and their applications
    • Reverse osmosis
    • Ultrafiltration
    • Microfiltration
    • Electro dialysis
  8. Medical applications of membrane
    • Hemodialysis
    • Blood oxygenation
    • Controlled drug delivery


Participants will be expected to bring their own laptops to install free software to solve practice problems and to work on design examples.