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Membrane Filtration, Concentration and Separation Technology


This workshop is designed for those involved and interested in the fractionation, separation, concentration, and drying of dairy products and ingredients. Quality, processing, food safety and cleaning are aspects of the courses. It will be instructed by Cornell Dairy Foods Extension staff and dairy and processing industry experts.

While the course design assumes participants have some prior knowledge of dairy processing (e.g., Basic Dairy Science & Sanitation Course), critical concepts will be reviewed and expanded on for those who do not. This course can be taken as a stand-along program, but it also fulfills the core training requirement of a Cornell Dairy Foods Certificate for Membrane Filtration, Concentration and Separation Technologies after all required prerequisite courses have been taken (e.g., Basic Dairy Science & SanitationHACCPHTST). Course earns 2 CEUs.

Sample Agenda

Day 1:
  • Welcome and Introductions 
  • Membrane Technology, Terminology & Application
  • Membrane Design, Construction & Developments
  • Supporting System Design and Mass Balance used in Membrane Processing
  • An Analytical Approach to Membrane Replacement
  • Cross-Flow & Direct Filter Technologies Used in Dairy Processing
  • Emerging Separation Technologies – Membranes in Dairy Waste Water Treatment
Day 2:
  • Membrane Care Program and Audit
  • New Enzyme Cleaning Technology for Membranes
  • Drying & Evaporation Principles & Terminology
  • Practical Applications of Drying & Evaporation
  • Dry Cleaning Technologies for Dairy
  • Lactose Crystallization and its Role in Concentrated and Dried Dairy Products
  • Centrifugation Technology in Clarification, Separation & Concentration – Practical Applications
  • Sensory Analysis of Dairy Ingredients
  • Bacterial Spores in Dairy Products: Sources & Solutions
  • Process Control for Membrane Systems Using Near Infra-Red (NIR) Technology
  • Practical Applications of Drying & Evaporation


  • Tuition is $800-$960 for in-state registrants
  • Tuition is $960-$1,100 for out-of-state registrants
  • Enrollment limited to the first 30 participants

Course Dates

  • 2023 Date TBD

Course Contact

Louise Felker
Program Coordinator
lmf226 [at] ()