ETE-24804 Fundamentals of Environmental Technology


Credits 4.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. H Bruning
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. H Bruning
dr. ir. AAM Langenhoff
Examiner(s)dr. ir. H Bruning

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge on mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
The course must be combined with PCC-21802 Introductory Thermodynamics.

Continuation courses:

ETE-30306 Biological Processes for Resource Recovery; ETE-30806 Physical and Chemical Processes for Water Treatment and Reuse; ETE-3AC06 Environmental Electrochemical Engineering.


General basic knowledge of environmental technology is refreshed and extended as a preparation for the more specific courses ETE-30306, ETE-30806 and ETE-3AC06. Attention is paid to phase-separation processes and chemical and biological conversion processes for the treatment of water, gases, soil and solid wastes. These processes are analysed by mass balances, which are a powerful tool to design, model and optimize treatment processes. Physical, chemical and biological aspects, including equilibrium states and conversion rates, that are relevant for the development and application of separation and conversion processes, as well as the mathematics for the analysis of mass balances are discussed. The theory is critically evaluated in a technical laboratory practical.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate the fundamental knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics necessary for the advanced master courses in environmental technology;
- set up mass balances for chemical and biological reactor systems and separation technology;
- integrate this knowledge to design, optimize and characterize separation devices and reactor systems.


- attending lectures;
- working on exercises;
- technical practical.


Written closed-book examination (75%) and practical reports (25%). The minimum required mark for each of these is 5.0.


- lecture notes;
- problems book.

Restricted Optional for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc2MO
MESEnvironmental SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Environmental Technology2MO