CHE5883 - Nanostructured membranes for separation and energy production - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Xiwang Zhang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit covers the applications of nanostructured membranes in the field of chemical engineering, including the introduction of fabrication techniques, functionalization of nanostructured membranes and membrane properties.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of nanostructured membranes in improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact in various separation and energy production processes.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Discern the functional difference between main membranes including polymeric, ceramic and nanocomposite membranes.
  2. Describe the synthesis and functionalisation of membranes.
  3. Describe the membrane transport of both porous and nonporous membranes in different applications.
  4. Reflect the key properties of membranes required for chemical engineering applications.
  5. Generate membranes and membrane processes suitable for specific applications, including gas separations, water treatment and desalination, fuel cells and etc.
  6. Reflect on and propose research on nanostructured membranes for energy production, water processing and gas separation.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 40%

Final examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals and 6 hours of private study per week, and 4-hour laboratory for four weeks during the semester.

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