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Membrane Filtration Technologies

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Release Date: Each May

Professional Accreditation: IEMA (as part of MSc)

Lead Organisation: College of Engineering, Swansea University

Reduce “waste” and recover water by refining your by-products

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.

This module is delivered by Swansea University's College of Engineering and does involve the use of maths, however, one-to-one maths help sessions are available if needed.

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Qualifications which this Module may be Used Towards

MSc Agrifood Innovation Option
MRes Agrifood Innovation Option
Professional Doctorate in BioInnovation Option

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


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


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


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


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

Participants will:

  • Plan a filtration experiment
  • Apply mathematical models to predict membrane flux
  • Prepare and perform a filtration
  • 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 Name
Prof Darren Oatley Radcliffe
Jose Gayo Pelaez


Damon Hammond

[I enjoyed] The practical application of filtration through the videos. Lots of good information provided. I will be applying it in my job which involves membrane filtration at a pilot level through all varieties

Damon Hammond Technical Manager -
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