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KE2185 Separation Processes 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment, åk 1, Conditionally Elective


P3 (7.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 12

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE2185 (Spring 2025–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course comprises fundamentals, basic requirements, and design principles for separation processes. Detailed descriptions and analyses of common unit operations are given. The fundamental mechanisms of phase equilibria and mass and/or heat transport and how the mathematical description of these mechanisms can be used in the design are also treated, as well as matters concerning the practical design of apparatus. The course has particulor emphasis on energy efficiency and the environment.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe different separation techniques and the practical design of the apparatus (TEN1, PRO1)
  • Describe the underlying principles behind different separation techniques (TEN1, PRO1)
  • Apply basic principles to design specific separation processes (TEN1, LAB1)
  • Motivate and critically examine the choice of a separation technique for a specific purpose (PRO1)

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

: Completed degree project 15 credits, 60 credits in chemistry and chemical engineering, 20 credits in mathematics and 6 credits in computer science/programming. English B/ 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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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 - Computer laborations, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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