Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student has knowledge of the fundamental theory of the mass transfer and understands its essential physical and chemical phenomena and concepts. The student can apply the theory for analysis, and modelling of various mass transfer processes and phenomena in technology and nature.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2023 - 18.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ari Seppälä

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Fundamentals of diffusion in gas phase, liquid phase and in porous materials. Stefan flow and Knudsen's diffusion in micropores. Differential equations of mass transfer. Analogy between heat and mass transfer. Forced and natural convection mass transfer. Membrane transport. Applications to heat recovery, cooling systems, drying and separation with membranes.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Written examination, exercise problems and 3-4 assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 14 h
    Exercises 14 h

    Assignments 50 h

    Independent work 51 h
    Examination 4 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course via Sisu (