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Course Overview

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical or related engineering to equip them with advanced technical skills and knowledge. Separation and Product Purification is a core course of the program. It aims to provide the knowledge and skills related to the existing and emerging separation and product purification technologies in the context of design, optimization, and operation.

The aim of this course is to provide the students with sufficient breadth and depth of prevalent and conventional and emerging separation techniques used in chemical process industries; a significant emphasis will be given to bio-separations used in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomolecules. Other emerging separations in, for example, carbon capture and utilization, environmental protection, etc will be covered.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Waheed Afzal

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is divided among five parts. The available teaching and learning time may be spent equally among these five parts:

  • Distillation: multicomponent; extractive;
  • Liquid extractions: liquid-liquid and liquid-solid;
  • Absorption and ion-exchange;
  • Membrane technologies: porous and dense phase; applications in liquid and gas separations;
  • Biomolecular separations

Suggested References

  1. Seader, D., Ernest J. Henley, and D. Keith Roper. "Separation process principles." 3rd Ed, 2013
  2. Ladisch, RM. "Bioseparations engineering: principles, practice and economics. Wiley 2001
  3. King, C. Judson, "Separation processes." McGraw-Hill, 2nd 1980

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Coursework (50%)

1x Coursework including Lab report (50%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplySelect a suitable separation and product purification strategies considering different purity and stability requirements, process constraints and process economics.
ProceduralAnalyse• Size the unit operation required to carry out different separations: distillation, liquid extractions, membranes, adsorption and ion exchange
ProceduralApply• Write state-state energy and mass balance equations for the different units operations used for separation and product purification
ConceptualUnderstand• Select appropriate unit operation for the separation of bio products from fermentation broth
ProceduralEvaluate• Size different unit operations used for bio-products, write energy and amass balances, and determine performances of existing units.
ConceptualRemember• Develop and use a systematic approach towards a problem solution and communicate it effectively by means of a written report and/ or in oral talks

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