Chemical Thermodynamics and Separation Process Engineering


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in:
Chemical and Bio Industrial Products II
Fundamental Chemical Engineering and Thermodynamics
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Account for models for non-ideal gasses
  • Explain theoretical and empirical models for phase equilibrium of pure species
  • Account for mixtures, including partial properties, chemical potentials, fugacity, activity, coefficient of activity and must know models for phase equilibrium in mixtures¬†
  • Explain the theory and design of industrial separation processes, especially staged equilibrium processes as distillation, absorption and extraction¬†
  • Explain the functioning of separation process equipment used in chemical equilibrium processes


  • Differentiate between ideal and non-ideal gasses and to use simple models of non-ideal gasses
  • Write equation for thermodynamic equilibrium in ideal and in non-ideal mixtures and solutions
  • Evaluate if a given chemical mixture can be separated and which methods could be applicable¬†
  • Use thermodynamic data to dimension simple equilibrium processes
  • Write and use mass, energy and equilibrium relations to find the required number of equilibrium stages for a given separation of a binary mixture


  • Describe, model and solve problems in separation process engineering

Type of instruction

Lectures and theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examChemical Thermodynamics and Separation Process Engineering
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysisk-kemiske separationsprocesser
Module codeK-KT-B4-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science