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Before choosing course

The course deals with processes, especially separation processes, that are used in production of fine and specialty chemicals including pharmaceuticals.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KE2080 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with processes, especially separation processes, that are used in production of pharmaceuticals and fine and specialty chemicals. The course focuses on batch processing and agitated tank operations, in multipurpose, multiproduct plants with emphasis on the influence of physico-chemical and processing conditions on process result and product properties. The course gives a detailed description and analysis of the destilation crystallization, and mixing, drying, extraction and chromotography under these conditions. Three laboratory exercises and four “understanding problems” are to be carried out as group projects. Each exercise includes to design an experimental plan to solve a given problem, laboratory work and analysis of results. “Understanding problems” can be seen as dry laboratories.

Intended learning outcomes

In-depth understanding of processes, particularly separation processes, used in the production of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended courses:
KE1020 Reaction and Separation Engineering
KE1030 Transport Phenomena and Engineering Thermodynamics
KE2070 Transport Phenomena, advanced course

Recommended prerequisites

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Coulson J.M. and Richardson J.F., Chemical Engineering vol. 1, 6th ed, Butterworth Heinemann, 2000 and, vol 2, 5th ed., Butterworth Heinemann, 2002.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination, 4,5 credits, passed laboratory exercises and passed reports 3 credits.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

CHE/Chemical Engineering and Technology

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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