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Membrane Filtration Technologies

Membrane Filtration Technologies

Release Date: Each May


Adding value to liquid ‘waste’ - get up to speed with using low cost membrane technologies to manage and add value to liquid ‘waste’ from agriculture, and the food and drink industries. This module will be of value to any business with a product or waste product needing decontamination or constituent separation. This could be anything from separating clean water from farm slurry through to removing pulp from fruit juice or fractionating milk. This module will be of interest to food processors, land managers and farm advisers

The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:

List of Units

An Introduction to membrane technology

An overview of membrane technology and a look at the basic concepts and applications

Membrane morphology and fabrication

How membranes are made and how they work

Fouling and cake filtration

what happens when a membrane becomes clogged

Microfiltration

Introduction and overview of microfiltration and its applications e.g for separating high-quality whey protein in milk products; or microbial removal.

Ultrafiltration

Introduction and overview of ultrafiltration and a look at charge effects e.g. for reduction of contaminant loads in waste water

Nanofiltration

Introduction to nanofiltration; the characteristics of a nanofiltration membrane and applications e.g. demineralization in dairy processing

WORKSHOP

Use pilot scale equipment to characterise a liquid of your choice and build a membrane filtration system to separate constituent parts. Participants will:

  1. Plan a filtration experiment
  2. Apply mathematical models to predict membrane flux
  3. Prepare and perform a filtration
  4. Analyse the filtrate for membrane efficiency
Reverse osmosis

Introduction to reverse osmosis and its applications e.g. to produce drinking water from contaminated water

Reverse osmosis; energy recovery and fouling

optimising membrane efficiency

Tutors

Tutors Name
Dr Darren Oatley Radcliff
Dr Steve Chapman
Dr Shikha Ojha

Contributing Researchers

Researchers Name Organisation Link