ETE-30806 Physical and Chemical Processes for Water Treatment and Reuse


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. H Bruning
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. A van der Wal
dr. ir. HA Heering
dr. ir. H Bruning
Examiner(s)dr. ir. H Bruning

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-24804 Fundamentals of Environmental Technology + PCC-21802 Introductory Thermodynamics or comparable.


Global water scarcity necessitates the reuse of domestic, agricultural and industrial wastewaters. To achieve this objective, in many cases advanced treatment concepts are required, in which biological treatment processes for removal and recovery of bulk contaminants are supported by physical-chemical treatment methods for removal of trace and/or non-biodegradable contaminants. In this course the emphasis is on these physical-chemical treatment technologies. Membrane treatment, advanced oxidation processes and drinking water purification are only some examples of the technologies that are explained. This course also deals with the background knowledge required for reactor design, optimization of reactor performance and scaling up. This includes physical transport phenomena, chemical and physical equilibria, chemical reaction kinetics, phase separation, electrochemistry and colloid chemistry. A number of realistic cases are described, which illustrate how, based on wastewater characteristics and effluent requirements, the appropriate unit processes can be selected and designed.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the principles of contact and separation processes, diffusion processes and mass transfer;
- integrate this knowledge in design calculations for apparatuses used in environmental technology;
- understand drinking water processes and water safety;
- understand electrochemistry and colloid chemist;
- solve basic problems in these fields.


Study of electro and colloid chemistry, physical-chemical technology and assignments.


The overall mark for this course is calculated from the results of the written examination (closed book) on technology (58%) and physical chemical subjects (17%),and the assessment of the assignments (25%). The minimum required mark for each of the three parts is 5.0.


Lecture notes.

Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScC: Environmental Technology5AF