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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Membrane Technology

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and NPTEL via Swayam


This course will provide an insight to the membrane based separations that is an integral part of the down-stream processing of various industries. The course begins with introducing the development of membranes and discussing the basics which is followed by detail discussion on membrane materials and their properties. This course then deals with various methods of membrane preparations and their characterization. How separations (transport mechanism) takes places using membranes has been covered extensively. Further, principles of various membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, dialysis, liquid membrane, pervaporation etc. has been covered along with their applications in different industries. The course will enable students to develop necessary skills to design appropriate membrane based separation technique as per the need.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Final year BE/B.Tech., ME/M.Tech./MS and PhD studentsPREREQUISITES : NILLINDUSTRY SUPPORT : All industries that require downstream processing using membrane such as Refineries, Pharmaceutical industries, food and beverage


Week 1: Overview and membrane materialsWeek 2: Material properties and preparation of phase-inversion membranesWeek 3: Preparation of composite, inorganic membranes and MF characterizationWeek 4: MF and UF characterization and membrane transportWeek 5: Porous and non-porous membrane transport and Osmosis conceptsWeek 6: Reverse Osmosis and NanofiltrationWeek 7: Ultrafiltration basics, transport models, applicationsWeek 8: Micellar-enhanced and affinity UF, bioseparation, Microfiltration basics, transport, fouling and applicationsWeek 9: Problems and solutions based on RO, UF & MF, DialysisWeek 10: Electrodialysis, Pervaporation, Problems and solutions based on ED, PVWeek 11: Liquid Membranes, Gas separation, Membrane DistillationWeek 12: Facilitated Transport, Membrane contactors and other membrane processes

Taught by

Prof. Kaustubha Mohanty



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