This short course provides an understanding of the design principles, practice and operational experience of conventional and advanced chemical treatment processes.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will:

  • Identify the range of conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment processes for the removal of dissolved impurities (including toxic metals and trace organics) and the inactivation of pathogenic organisms,
  • Explain the underlying chemical principles on which the processes are based, and be able to apply these principles to unit process design and operation,
  • Be able to select appropriate processes for specific applications, and have some knowledge of practical design considerations,
  • Evaluate the importance of monitoring of chemical treatment processes for optimisation and diagnostics of in drinking water and wastewater treatment.

Core content

  • Key principles of chemical processes including kinetics, thermodynamics, solubility and fate,
  • The role of solubility in chemical processes including precipitation, scaling and corrosion,
  • Adsorption of organics by activated carbon, kinetics and equilibria. batch and column operation, biological effects, carbon regeneration, applications,
  • Ion exchange resins, ion selectivity, column operation, regeneration of resins, co-flow and counter-flow, applications, including demineralisation, water softening, removal of nitrate and heavy metals,
  • Coagulation science and application in water and wastewater treatment, role of floc formation and growth,
  • Oxidation of trace or anics: chlorine, ozone, hydrogen peroxide and other oxidants, principle of advanced oxidation processes,
  • Disinfection principles and key issues: formation of by-products,
  • UV irradiation: applications for low and medium pressure lamps,
  • The selection of chemical processes for specific contaminant removal.


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount

£1,280 - Multiple bookings*

* Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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