This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This subject will introduce the principles and design approaches of separation and physical purification technologies used in the oil and gas industry, for biomass handling in the water and wastewater sector and novel applications in biotechnology. Furthermore new advancements in the field are presented and the candidates are challenged to propose novel applications of standard and new separation technologies.

Learning outcome

This subject introduce fundamental terminology, basic analysis and applications of the principles of various separation and purification technologies. Students will be able to understand and analyse theories and case situations at which separation technique unit processes are to solve problems within the field of water and wastewater engineering and applied biotechnology. Knowledge gained are to provide students with a basis to understand and contribute to the development of novel separation techniques and applications.


Separation and purification processes are used in a wide range of industries on field and off-field. Solid-liquid, gas-gas and liquid-liquid separation techniques are under active investigation by researchers all over the world towards efficient separation and purification. The course will cover both fundamental and applied aspects of solid, gas and liquid separations; and additional biological separation in molecular level, a broad spectrum of activities from lab scale to pilot plant to full-scale plants, through laboratory investigations and theoretical studies. The course covers available and practical methods for removal of solids from aqueous suspensions; sedimentation, flotation, flocculation, filtration, cell-rupture and phase separation technologies and electrical separation techniques. Advancements and new technologies in the current markets/under development will also be covered.
Fundamental theory and applied aspects of separation technologies are linked to provide new insights, and to indicate new and innovative ways of solving practical problems of the current industries. Discussion on separation areas where there have been differences of opinion will help iron out remaining uncertainties. Extensive references and case studies will encourage further studies in the field.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

MLJ530 Environmental Process Analysis

Courses equal to the first semester at Environmental Engineering.

MLJ530 (or equivalent course).


Written mid-term exam and final group project
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written mid-term Exam1/4 A - F
Final group Project3/4 A - F
The Final Group Project (75%) consist of 50% report & 25% oral presentation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen
Course teacher
Gopalakrishnan Kumar

Method of work

4 hours lectures (2+2) per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Separation Technology (MET230_1) 5
Separation technology (MOT200_1) 5

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme
Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 22.09.2020