Desalination and Membrane Technology

This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge on the design and operation of desalination systems and membrane processes (microfiltration, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis). 

For whom?

Professionals dealing with engineering, management and education in the fields of desalination of seawater and brackish water, water supply and urban infrastructure will benefit greatly from this short course. It is also helpful for post graduate students in civil, chemical, and environmental engineering. Participants from government organisations (such as local administrations and national agencies), non-governmental organisations and the private sector are encouraged to join. This course is ideal for practicing engineers who are working in the water supply systems.


Participants should meet the general IHE Delft's admission criteria, and possess a BSc degree in chemical, environmental, or civil engineering.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. To explain the role and limitations of desalination technologies in alleviating water scarcity.
  2. To apply the basic principles and process operation of ultrafiltration and microfiltration in drinking water treatment.
  3. To design a sea water reverse osmosis plant including membrane pre-treatment.
  4. To identify the pre-treatment and post-treatment processes required to meet reverse osmosis design guidelines depending on raw water (surface, ground or wastewater) quality and desired permeate quality in potable and industrial applications.
  5. To apply water quality methods and models to monitor and predict fouling in reverse osmosis and MF/UF systems.
  6. To explain the basic principles of chemical softening and ion exchange and their practical application in water treatment.
  7. To explain the basic principles of advanced oxidation processes and propose AOP processes to remove specific contaminants.

Specific topics such as membrane fouling, scaling and cleaning are dealt with in detail, including pre-treatment options and the latest developments in monitoring and controlling fouling. Additionally, ion exchange and softening, and advanced oxidations processes are presented with applications to drinking water treatment.


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