Material and Energy Balances

By Prof. Vignesh Muthuvijayan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 466
This course will introduce the basics of material and energy balances and their applications in chemical and bioprocess industries by using examples primarily based on chemical and biochemical operations, and other biological systems. The course will be geared towards students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and faculty teaching this course for Biotechnology students. It will also be useful for students pursuing Chemical Engineering.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG students and course instructors from other colleges
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Bioprocesses
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :    Introduction; Units and dimensions; Basic terminologies
Week 2  :    Fundamentals of Material Balances; Material Balances for Single Units Without Reactions 
Week 3  :    Material Balances for Multiple Units Without Reactions; Material Balances for Reactive Processes
Week 4  :    Material Balances for Reactive Processes; Combustion Reactions
Week 5  :    Material Balances for Systems with Recycle, Bypass, and Purge
Week 6  :    Energy Balance Terminologies; Introduction to Energy Balances
Week 7  :    Mechanical Energy Balances; Objectives and Procedures for Energy Balances
Week 8  :    Energy Balances on Nonreactive Processes without Phase Change
Week 9  :    Energy Balances on Nonreactive Processes with Phase Change
Week 10  :  Mixing and Solutions; Fundamentals for Energy Balances on Reactive Processes
Week 11  :  Energy Balances on Reactive Processes
Week 12  :  Material and Energy Balances for Unsteady State Processes

Books and references

  1. David M. Himmelblau and James B. Riggs, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, 7th Edition, Publisher: Prentice Hall India
  2. Richard M. Felder and Ronald W. Rousseau, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 3rd edition, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  3. Pauline Doran, Bioprocess Engineering Principles, 2nd Edition, Publisher: Academic Press
  4. Ann Saterbak, Ka-Yiu San, Larry V. McIntire, Bioengineering Fundamentals, Publisher: Pearson

Instructor bio

Prof. Vignesh Muthuvijayan

IIT Madras
Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan is a Chemical Engineer by training. He received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from A. C. Tech, Anna University, India. He went on to pursue his Master's degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He also worked as a post-doc at Johns Hopkins University. After spending about 8 years in the United States, he moved back to India to join the Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras in 2011. His research interests are in the area of biomaterials and their applications.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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