ChE 501 - Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering I (6 credits)
Prerequisites: Math 222 or equivalent, Chem 231 or equivalent(see undergraduate catalog descriptions). An intensive course in basic chemical engineering science intended for students in the bridge program. Topics include material and energy balances, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design, and staged separation processes. May not be taken for degree credit in any chemical engineering program.
ChE 502 - Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering II (4 credits)
Prerequisites: Math 222 or equivalent (see undergraduate catalog for description), ChE 501 or equivalent. A continuation of ChE 501. An intensive course in basic chemical engineering science intended for students in the bridge program. Topics include fluid mechanics, heat transfer and diffusion-controlled processes. May not be taken for degree credit in any chemical engineering program.
ChE 503 - Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in science or engineering. The course is intended for students whose prior undergraduate degree did not include study of polymer science or engineering. The course provides introductory concepts in four main areas: fundamentals of polymeric material including structural and chemical aspects; synthesis reactions of polymers; polymer properties including an introduction to viscoelastic behavior; and polymer technology including processing and shaping methods for specific products.
ChE 551 - Principles of Mass Transfer (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate thermodynamics and integral calculus. An introductory course in basic concepts of mass transfer. Special emphasis is placed on mass transfer concepts applicable to stage and continuous operations. Topics covered include evaporation, gas absorption, and distillation. Cannot be used for degree credit in Chemical Engineering. Effective Until: Spring 2005
ChE 590 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience I (3 additive credits)
Prerequisite: permission from department and Division of Career Development Services. Cooperative education internship provides on-the-job reinforcement of the academic program by placement in major-related work situations. Work assignment developed or approved by the co-op office and evaluated by the department. Cannot be used for degree credit.
ChE 591 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience II (3 additive credits)
Prerequisite: permission from department and Division of Career Development Services.
ChE 592 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience III (3 additive credits)
Prerequisite: permission from department and Division of Career Development Services.
ChE 593 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience IV (0 credits)
Prerequisites: One immediately prior 3-credit registration for graduate co-op work experience with the same employer. Requires approval of departmental co-op advisor and the Division of Career Development Services. Must have accompanying registration in a minimum of 3 credits of course work. Effective From: Fall 2006
ChE 599 - Methods for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants (3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Required for all chemical engineering teaching assistants and graduate assistants. Covers techniques of teaching, interaction with students, and safety. Does not count as degree credit.
ChE 602 - Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Topics of current interest in chemical engineering.
ChE 603 - Separation Process Principles (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ChE 342, ChE 349, ChE 363, ChE 364, ChE 367, ChE 471. The course covers the basic principles of separation with or without chemical reaction in phase equilibrium-based, external field-driven and membrane-based separation processes. Effective From: Fall 2004
ChE 604 - Membrane Separation Processes (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ChE 342, ChE 349, ChE 363, ChE 364, ChE 367, ChE 471. This course covers the science, technology, engineering analysis and design of membrane separation processes, membrane reactors, membrane-based equilibrium separation processes and hybrid membrane processes. Effective From: Spring 2005
ChE 611 - Thermodynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in physical chemistry and thermodynamics, or equivalent. Principles of thermodynamics developed quantitatively to include thermodynamic functions and their application to chemical engineering processes.
ChE 612 - Kinetics of Reactions and Reactor Design (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate course in chemical engineering kinetics, or equivalent. Elements of optimum design introduced for reactor types, series and parallel reactor systems, multiple reactions, and temperature effects. Introduction to non-ideal reactor design. Study of various models for catalytic and non-catalytic solid-fluid reactions.
ChE 619 - Nano-scale Characterization of Materials (3 credits)
The course presents the basics of nanotechnology and the principles and application of advanced instrumentation for the characterization of nanostructures. Topics include atomic force microscopy; near-field optics, dielectric spectroscopy, and light scattering. The significant component of the course is laboratory work at the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory and research project. Effective From: Fall 2007
ChE 623 - Heat Transfer (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: undergraduate course in heat transfer. Heat transmission applied to practical problems in design. An introduction will include review of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer modes. Related topics covered will be heat exchangers, types and design principles (including Kern & Bell?s methods), effectiveness, (NTU Design and Rating methods), Fired Heaters, Design & Rating and Cooling Towers, Design & Rating. Effective From: Fall 2012
ChE 624 - Transport Phenomena I (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. A unified treatment of molecular and turbulent momentum, energy, and mass transport. Emphasis is on the mathematical description of physical mechanisms in momentum and energy transport.
ChE 625 - Microlevel Modeling in Particle Technology (3 credits)
Presents methodologies for analyzing the macroscopic properties of particulate systems in terms of the underlying microlevel processes. Significant components are the mathematical modeling of particulate systems at the microlevel, analytical and numerical methods for predicting macroscopic properties from microlevel models, and comparison of theoretical predictions with experimental results. Demonstrates the importance of the interaction of these three components in the scientific process. The first part concerns the flow of dry particles where any interstitial fluid can be ignored. The second part considers the flow of particles suspended in an interstitial fluid. Also includes a class project involving development of simulations. Same as ME 624.
ChE 626 - Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Math 222 or equivalent undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. The purpose of the course is to emphasize the importance of mathematics to chemical engineering practice. Applications of ordinary differential equations, Sturm-Liouville problems arising from partial differential equations, regular Perturbation approaches to some nonlinear systems of chemical engineering interests, use of Laplace transfroms expecially the Residue Theorem for inversions and some numerical methods. It is suggested that students take this course before taking ChE 624. Effective From: Fall 2011
ChE 627 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in thermodynamics and differential equations. Introduction to the structure and composition of the body followed by an exploration of the properties of blood and its flow in the cardiovascular system; the body as a heat source and as a series of compartments involved in mass transfer of materials (such as those in the kidneys and lungs). Design of artificial kidneys and heart-lung machines is also explored. Same as BME 627.
ChE 628 - Biochemical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. The application of chemical engineering to biological processes, biochemical reaction systems, and their technological use. Special attention given to problems in momentum, energy, and mass transport, as well as chemical reaction kinetics in biological systems.
ChE 629 - Biological Engineering Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Emphasis is on chemical engineering reactor design employing microbial populations. The dynamics of microbial interactions are described mathematically, as are cell attachment and reactor stability.
ChE 634 - Chemical Process Dynamics and Control (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate chemical engineering course in process dynamics and control. Mathematical principles of process dynamics and control; derivation and solution of differential equations describing the behavior of typical chemical engineering processing units; and mathematical analysis and design of control systems. Digital and sampled data control systems also discussed.
ChE 645 - Fundamentals of Rheology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ChE 626 or permission of the instructor. Rheology of polymer melts and polymer solutions. Various types of time-dependent and time-independent non-Newtonian fluids are classified. Experimental techniques used to characterize these materials are discussed. Effective Until: Spring 2005
ChE 654 - Corrosion (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Chemistry. Fundamental principles including thermodynamics and kinetics of corrosion; forms of corrosion (e.g. galvanic, crevice and stress); methods of corrosion measurement; high temperature corrosion; and special case histories. Effective From: Fall 2004
ChE 656 - Industrial Catalysis: Fundamentals & Applications (3 credits)
The class provides an introduction to catalytic phenomena as well as catalysts. It provides the background information necessary to understand industrial catalytic processes. Examples which will be discussed are hydrogen, ammonia and methanol synthesis, inorganic and organic oxidation reactions, petrochemical processes as well as pollution abatement and other important processes. The course provides insight into the theory of catalytic phenomena and also provides practical information about these processes from an industrial perspective. Effective From: Spring 2008
ChE 662 - Chemical Processing of Electronic Materials (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Processes necessary for manufacturing electronic materials into semiconductor devices and systems including single crystal growth, chemical vapor deposition, ion implantation, dry etching, and other considerations.
ChE 664 - Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Covers particle size analysis using sieves as well as laser diffraction technique, size reduction with ball mill, measurement of powder flow properties and internal angle of friction, measurement of angle of repose, design of mass flow hoppers using Jenike direct shear tester, measurement of minimum sintering temperature of powders, particle sedimentation, powder mixing, dry particle coating, and fluidized beds. Simulations involve various dry and fluid based particle systems, focusing on particle-particle and fluid-particle interactions. Same as ME 664.
ChE 671 - Chemical Process Safety (3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Chemical and physical principles in chemical process safety and fire and explosion hazard evaluation. Emphasis is on materials, their reactions, and effect on surroundings. Course intended for students in the master's program in occupational safety and health engineering, and may not be taken for credit by ChE graduate students. Effective Until: Spring 2005
ChE 675 - Statistical Thermodynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ChE 611 or permission of instructor. Application of equilibrium statistical mechanics to chemical engineering problems. Basic postulates and relationships of statistical thermodynamics, including the ideal gas, ideal crystal, and virial equation; statistical theories of fluid mixtures and other advanced topics.
ChE 681 - Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in physical or organic chemistry or ChE 503 or equivalent. The course focuses on the structural and synthetic aspects of polymers and examines in detail a number of bench and industrial scale polymerization methods. In addition to kinetics and mechanisms of commercially important polymerization systems, the course examines reactive modification of synthetic and natural polymers and provides an introduction to applicable characterization methods.
ChE 682 - Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate physical chemistry, a materials related course or ChE 503 or equivalent. The course provides an overview of polymer structures and properties and their relationships from the molecular viewpoint to phenomenological descriptions. Topics include thermodynamics of a single molecule, dynamic theory and viscoelasticity of polymers, polymer solids and mechanical properties, rubbers, polymer blends and composites, biological polymers, and special applications. New areas and innovative applications of polymers will be introduced.
ChE 683 - Polymer Processing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in transport phenomena, fluid flow, or heat transfer or approval of graduate advisor. The course provides a systematic approach to the physical phenomena occurring in polymer processing machinery. The synthesis of the elementary steps of polymer processing are shown in relation to the development of extrusion die flow and extrusion products and injection mold flows and molded products. Structural and residual stresses are examined.
ChE 684 - Materials and Process Selection for Polymer Product Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites or corequisites: ChE 681, ChE 682, ChE 683 or approval of graduate advisor. The course provides methodologies for designing polymer-based products by considering materials and processing methods. Methods for selecting homopolymers, polymer blends and composites for specific appilcations will be presented in terms of properties, processability, manufacturing methods and economics. Process/structure/property correlations are presented as well as approaches to product design including CAD, prototyping, and strength and failure criteria. Case studies from biomedical, packaging and other applications are discussed.
ChE 685 - Industrial Waste Control I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or permission of the instructor. Physical/chemical treatment of industrial wastewaters: ionic equilibria; surface characterization; thermodynamic applications; transport phenomena; and sludge treatment.
ChE 686 - Industrial Waste Control II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or permission of the instructor. Biological treatment of industrial wastewaters: biological mechanisms; kinetics; vapor-liquid equilibria; and settling phenomena.
ChE 687 - Industrial Gas Cleaning (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, or permission of the instructor. Review of available tools for cleaning atmospheric effluents from manufacturing facilities and power plants; use of a systems approach to minimize gas cleaning costs; alternatives involving combinations of process modification and effluent clean-up; methods for estimating key design parameters for cyclones, baghouses, electrostatic precipitators and scrubbers. Applications of design parameters through the solution of extensive problem-sets.
ChE 701 - Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Prerequisite: matriculation for the master's degree in chemical engineering. Approval of thesis advisor is necessary for registration. Original research under the guidance of a departmental advisor. The final product must be a written thesis approved by at least three faculty members: the primary advisor, another from the department, and one other faculty member. A student must continue to register for at least 3 credits per semester until at least 6 credits have been completed and a written thesis is approved. Only a total of 6 credits will count toward the degree.
ChE 702 - Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Topics of current interest in chemical engineering.
ChE 705 - Independent Study (3 credits)
Prerequisites: permission from the graduate advisor (not dissertation advisor) in chemical engineering, as well as courses prescribed by a supervising faculty member (who is not the student's dissertation advisor). This special course covers areas of study in which one or more students may be interested, but which isn't of sufficiently broad interest to warrant a regular course offering. Students may not register for this course more than once with the same supervising faculty member.
ChE 711 - Phase Equilibrium (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ChE 611 or equivalent. Low-pressure and high-pressure vapor-liquid equilibrium and liquid-liquid equilibrium. Among the topics covered are experimental methods, consistency tests of the data, expressions for the dependence of the activity coefficient on composition and temperature, and prediction of multicomponent vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibrium from binary data. Prediction methods of vapor and liquid phase nonidealities, based on equations of state and solution theories, are discussed.
ChE 721 - Combustion Reaction Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. Topics related to the engineering of combustion systems will be discussed. These include laminar flames, turbulent combustion, ideal reactor modeling of complex combustion systems, combustion chemistry, heterogeneous combustion and incineration. Effective From: Fall 2004
ChE 724 - Sustainable Energy (3-0-3)
The course is a project-based advanced graduate course which requires strong background in engineering thermodynamics and transport phenomena. The main goals of this course are to gain an understanding of the cost-benefit ratio of various alternative energy sources and to understand some of the various obstacles associated with current and conventional technologies and industrial applications. Different renewable and conventional energy technologies will be discussed in class. Course materials include biomass energy, fossil fuels, geothermal energy, nuclear power, wind power, solar energy, hydrogen fuel, hydropower, and fuel cells. Students will learn a quantitative framework to aid in evaluation and analysis of energy technology systems in the context of engineering, political, social, economic, and environmental goals. Effective From: Spring 2013
ChE 725 - Transport Phenomena II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ChE 624 or equivalent. Transport in laminar and turbulent flow: in solids, between phases, and macroscopic transport in flow systems.
ChE 740 - Biological Treatment of Hazardous Chemical Wastes (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ChE 686 or the permission of the instructor. A doctoral level seminar on the limitations of biological treatment for hazardous wastes that looks at the fundamental processes taking place.
ChE 790 - Doctoral Dissertation (Credits as designated)
Required of all students for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. A minimum of 36 credits is required. Approval of dissertation advisor is necessary for registration. Students must register for at least 6 credits of dissertation per semester until 36 credits are reached and then for 3 credits each semester thereafter until a written dissertation is approved.
ChE 791 - Graduate Seminar (Non-credit)
Required of all chemical engineering students receiving departmental or research-based awards and all doctoral students. The student must register each semester until completion of the degree. Outside speakers and department members present their research for general discussion.
ChE 792 - Pre-Doctoral Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of Associate Chairperson for Graduate Studies. For students admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Chemical Engineering who have not yet passed the qualifying examination. Research is carried out under the supervision of designated chemical engineering faculty. If the student's research activity culminates in doctoral research in the same area, up to a maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the 36 credits required under ChE 790. Effective From: Fall 2007
ChE 794 - Professional Presentations for Ph.D. Students (0 credits)
Intended to help students make better technical presentations. Each student is required to make a presentation on a research topic; guest lectures will occur during the semester. Effective From: Fall 2007