ENCH496-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Advanced Separations

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
22 Feb 2016 - 26 Jun 2016


Advanced topics in separation methods including: selection of separation methods, membrane separations, pervaporation, ion exchange, adsorption, multi-component distillation, and liquid-liquid extraction.

Advanced topics in separation methods including: packed column distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, advanced adsorption processes, advanced membrane separation, particle technology, supercritical technology, advanced drying and (de-) humidification.


This course develops further the study of separation methods introduced in ENCH396.  It aims to provide understanding of, and the ability to analyse, a wider range of process separation operations and to select the appropriate technology for a particular separation and thus provides knowledge and skills needed in ENCH494 (Process Design 3) and useful to chemical and process engineering graduates.  The course will cover the following topics:
• Drying technology and (de-) humidification    
• Packed column and multi-component distillation          
• Advanced membrane separation    
• Advanced adsorption processes    
• Separations in environmental engineering    
• Introduction to supercritical technology

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:

- Develop process designs for any of the separations covered with a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena occurring.

- Be able to select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing from separations covered in ENCH396, ENCH496 and others.

- Carry out detailed design calculations for separation processes.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex Yip


Shusheng Pang


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignement 10%
Final Exam 40%
Test 1 (at end of term 1) 30%
Test 2 (early term 2) 20%


Recommended Reading

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles : chemical and biochemical operations; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,018.00

International fee $4,863.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENCH496 Occurrences

  • ENCH496-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016