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Separation processes for specific quality water production and new resource exploitation


Programme (detailed contents):


1      New resources for human, agricultural or industrial use

                        Sea water /brine Waters

                        Secondary effluents

                        Nitrogen, Phosphorus

                        (bio) products from wastewaters


        2    Processes for specific quality water production



                        Water for process (conditioning)


  1. Recycling (water in the process)


  1. Design of unit operations

                        - ion exchange, chromatography,          adsorption/desorption

                        - Reverse osmosis, electrodialysis

                        - decarbonation,precipitation, crystallization



 L/T/Lab work/project


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

- to know the context of the new resources for water and compounds of interest (sea/brine waters, secondary effluent, food bio products )

- To know specific processes for water production (desalination, reuse, ultrapure water, water for industrial use ..)

- principle and design of sorption unit operations (ion exchange, preparative chromatography, adsorption)

- principle and design of advanced membrane separation operations (reverse osmosis, electromembrane processes)

- principle and design of unit operations based on a phase transition (precipitation, crystallization,…)


The student will be able to:

- to  design processes for domestic wastewaters tertiary reuse

- to design desalination processes

- to design design processes for ultrapure water production or specific water for utilities

- identify new resources

- conceive and design systems for these new resource use

- apply the knowledge to other case studies

Needed prerequisite

Basic concepts for unit operations
Technology and design of unit operations
Heat transfer and reactors
Basis of chemistry

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...