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BJ02A3021 Chemical Separation Methods, 5 cr 
Code BJ02A3021  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Chemical Separation Methods  Abbreviation Chemical Separa 
Credits5 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Tuomo Sainio 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Tuomo Sainio


After the module the student
- can describe the principles of main chemical separation methods
- can describe process concepts and industrial uses of the chemical separation methods
- understands the dynamic behavior of periodically operated separation processes
- can select methods and materials for separation and purification of complex mixtures
- can design and optimize such separation processes.


Overview of the fundamentals of adsorption and ion exchange. Dynamics of adsorption and ion exchange columns and the use of equilibrium theory in process design. Industrial liquid-solid and gas-solid adsorption processes. Industrial scale chromatography and application examples. Single column and multicolumn chromatography process concepts, design methods, and process performance. Short introduction to liquid-liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid extraction.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures, simulations, exercises, and seminars 30 h. Preparation of presentations, home assignments, and independent study 100 h. Total workload 130 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 

Yes/Edited 27.8.19/ml

Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 

No/Edited 27.8.19/ml

Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0 - 5. Project work, reports, assignments, and presentations (80%). Moodle examination (20%).

Course Materials 

Lecture notes (Sainio, 2019) and text-books such as Giuochon et al., Fundamentals of preparative and non-linear chromatography; Helfferich, Ion Exchange; Schmidt-Traub et al., Preparative Chromatography; Wankat, Separation Processes


Basics of process design and engineering mathematics. The course involves two time-intensive project works as well as other assignments.

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty) 

Yes, 30, students in the MSc programme of Chemical Engineering.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 5

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

max 5


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