Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Edward Evans

First Reader

Bi-min Newby

Second Reader

Gang Cheng


The purpose of the project was to create ion exchange experiments to be used by junior chemical engineering students in Chemical Engineering Laboratory (4200:360). The lab activities are to build upon each other and closely resemble what is done in industry. A lab manual was created delineating each activity and its corresponding background, instructions, schematic, and assignment. Using the tools for designing an ion exchange system, taught throughout the experiments, the students will present a design proposal.

The ion exchange activities are based on labs currently being completed at other universities, as well as designed to illustrate the chemical engineering concepts behind ion exchange. Water softeners are one of the most common ion exchangers available on the market. They are also most often used for ion exchange labs because of their simplicity in nature. During the design of the activities, I strove to incorporate all the aspects of designing an ion exchanger. By incorporating all aspects of designing an ion exchanger I was able to determine step by step how to go from an idea to having all the information needed to create an industrial sized ion exchanger.