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KBT196 - Solvent extraction  
Syllabus adopted 2020-10-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics

The course round is cancelled. For further questions, please contact the director of studies MPMCN: MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, contact information can be found here

Teaching language: English
Application code: 30117
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Minimum participants: 8
Maximum participants: 25

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Laboratory 2,5c Grading: UG   2,5c    
0215 Examination 5,0c Grading: TH   5,0c   17 Mar 2021 am J,  08 Jun 2021 am J,  27 Aug 2021 am J

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic Chemistry (university level), Inorganic Chemistry


The overall aim of the course is to provide understanding on two phase liquid-liquid equilibria and the solution chemistry of metal ions, the use of solvent extraction processes in industry and research as well as equipment used for solvent extraction. The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able to participate in discussions regarding the selection of the systems to be used for solvent extraction depending on the substances to be extracted, methods for optimization of a solvent extraction process, as well as the use of the appropriate equipment for characterization and quantification of the results.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe the basics of solvent extraction and the thermodynamics of this process.
  • Describe the solution chemistry of metals.
  • Describe and exemplify the extraction systems for metals and acids.
  • Describe the type of equipment used for solvent extraction.
  • Exemplify and carry-on calculations on counter-current solvent extraction processes.
  • Describe and exemplify solvent extraction processes in different fields of application.
  • Carry-out two hands-on laboratory on batch extraction as well as mixer-settler experiments, including the planning of the experimental set-up, interpretation, documentation and written presentation of the results.


The course comprises e.g. thermodynamics, solution chemistry, extraction systems, industrial processes, equipment, process calculations and small scale processes for analytical purposes. Membrane separation is also included.


The course includes a lecture series, tutorials and two applied laboratories carried out in a group under the supervision of the researcher in the field. Lectures, exercises and laboratory exercises (hands-on).

For fewer participants in the course than 8, it will be given in a different format. The number of lectures is reduced, but consultation sessions and on-line seminars are given. Laboratory exercises will be limited depending on the number of participants.


Rydberg, Cox, Musikas, Choppin (editors): Solvent Extraction Principles and Practice, Marcel Dekker (2004), ISBN 0-8247-5063-2

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on a written exam in two parts (questions and calculations) and approved oral or written presentation of the two laboratory events.

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