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Membrane Pervaporation An Experimental Experience In Novel Separations For Green Engineering

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Design of Lab Experiments

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10.934.1 - 10.934.10



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Timothy Schurmann

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C. Stewart Slater

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Session 2426

Membrane Pervaporation An Experimental Experience in Novel Separations for Green Engineering

C. Stewart Slater, Timothy Schurmann, Joshua MacMillian, Angela Zimarowski

Rowan University Department of Chemical Engineering 201 Mullica Hill Road Glassboro, New Jersey 08028


Pervaporation membrane processes represent a state-of-the-art separation for the specialty chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries. In its industrial application, pervaporation can be used for solvent purification, reuse and recovery – thus enabling green process design for the environment. At Rowan University we have successfully immersed student teams in learning the principles, design and applications of membrane pervaporation through a project-based experience in our engineering clinics. Through this experimental project, students have learned about the industrial uses of membrane technology. Students also learn about the various process aspects of pervaporation, from selecting the proper membrane for the desired separation to examining performance parameters, membrane transport, vacuum operation and cryogenic vapor trapping, not normally taught in chemical engineering curricula. Most importantly, students see how membrane processes can be used in “green process” operation and design.


Membrane technology is being incorporated into many areas of chemical engineering for process and product concentration and purification. One of the leading-edge membrane technologies, pervaporation, has applications in the growing engineering areas of: • pharmaceutical engineering/biotechnology • hazardous waste management • specialty chemical and biochemical production • food and beverage processing • reuse and recovery systems engineering

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Schurmann, T., & Slater, C. S. (2005, June), Membrane Pervaporation An Experimental Experience In Novel Separations For Green Engineering Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15247

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