At the end of the course the students should:
- Be able to list relevant industrial (advanced) separations, including those applied in the energy, bulk chemical, fine chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Understand their working principles, molecular basis of separation and role within larger processes.
- Be able to make a motivated decision for a separation technology based on the molecular properties of the molecules to be separated.
- Be able to analyze a separation technology related case, asses the technical feasibility of different separation technologies, and develop a separation process.
- For fluid separations and membrane based separations, be able to calculate mass transfer and thermodynamic properties within a separation process. Be able to design a functional extractant, adsorbant or membrane for a given molecular separation.
In Advanced Molecular Separations, separation technology is discussed starting from molecular properties up to full scale processes. The focus is on choosing a separation technology for given molecular properties, and the subsequent molecular design of more advanced separation technologies. For two separation technologies, fluid separations and membrane technology, the molecular design and separation process are treated in much greater detail, including a discussion on useful models to describe thermodynamics and mass transfer. The course will include two tests, one on fluid separations and one on barrier separations, but will also include two assignments on selecting the right separation technology for a given separation case.|