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Water Treatment and Membranes

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The main objective of the course is to familiarize the student with design and operation of water treatment facilities, including membrane separation.

Learning outcome

The candidate shall be able to select appropriate technology for water treatment.


The course is about solids, gases and water, and separation/fractionation/polishing. Solid particles are suspended (SS) or dissolved (DS). DS are either truly dissolved or colloids. The course emphasises which treatment process to consider for which water quality. If membrane separation is part of a chosen process, we will show how membranes separate according to particle size, solution-diffusion and/or charge. Membrane materials are organic or inorganic, and come in different configurations and methods of fabrication. Applications of membranes are universal; biological membranes (our bodies), artificial kidney dialysis membranes (largest commercial membrane application), sea water desalination, food and beverage industries, wastewater treatment (MBR) and gas separation. The big challenge for keeping a high and steady flux through the membrane is concentration-polarization, fouling and scaling.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree according to admission requirements for Master in Environmental Engineering or Biological Chemistry.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic chemistry as required for admission to MSc Environmental Engineering


Weight Duration Marks Aid
2 written midterm exams, hand in assignments, student presentation and a final written exam.1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.
Course teacher sets final mark: Written final exam counts 50% and hand in assignments, student presentation, written midterm exams count 50%. Duration written final exam: 4 hours. Duration written midterm exams: 2 hours. Supporting materials for final written exam and written midterm exams: Basic calculator.
If assignments, presentation or midterm is evaualted to a failing grade, this can be re-written during the next ordinary term for the subject in question.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Torleiv Bilstad
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen
Course teacher
Evgenia Protasova

Method of work

4 hours lectures and 4 hours exercises (homework) and lab per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Water Technology and Membranes (MET190_1) 10
Membrane technology (MOT230_1) 10
Membrane Technology 1 (MOT500_1) 5

Open to

Master level studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations.


"Ultrafiltration and Microfiltration Handbook" by Munir Cheryan. Handouts and notes on Canvas.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 15.09.2019