9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering faculty

CHE 615 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Thermodynamics
Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level thermodynamics or permission of instructor
Development of the thermodynamic laws and derived relations. The application of the relations to the properties of single and multicomponent systems at equilibrium in the gaseous, liquid, and solid states. Emphasis is placed on the prediction and calculation of phase and reaction equilibrium conditions in practical systems.

CHE 618 - (3) (Y)
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Prerequisites: CHE 625 and 665
Fundamentals of chemical reaction kinetics and mechanisms. Experimental methods of determining reaction rates. Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis. Application of chemical kinetics, along with mass-transfer theory, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics, to the design and operation of chemical reactors.

CHE 625 - (3) (Y)
Transport Processes
Prerequisite: Undergraduate transport processes; corequisite: CHE 665
This course provides an integrated introduction to fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Common foundations of these areas are emphasized. Basic equations of change are developed for the transport of momentum, energy, and mass in continuous media. These equations are applied first to situations amenable to exact solutions. A consistent approach to limiting cases and approximate solutions is developed. This will aid in formulating the relations to be solved in the more complicated problems.

CHE 630 - (3) (Y)
Mass Transfer
Prerequisites: CHE 625 and 665
Fundamental principles common to mass transfer phenomena, with emphasis on treating the influence of mass transfer in a wide variety of situations arising in chemical engineering. Detailed consideration of fluxes, diffusion with and without convection, interphase mass transfer with chemical reaction, and applications.

CHE 635 - (3) (Y)
Process Control and Dynamics
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An introduction to the dynamics and control of process systems, controllers, sensors, and final control elements. Time- and frequency-domain characterizations of these subsystems are developed and employed in stability analyses of closed control loops. State-space models are introduced briefly, along with the principles of sampled-data analysis and digital control techniques. Elementary systems identification approaches are presented, with emphasis on such common process features as dead time, distributed parameters, and nonlinearities.

CHE 642 - (3) (Y)
Applied Surface Chemistry
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Factors underlying interfacial phenomena, with emphasis on thermodynamics of surfaces, structural aspects, and electrical phenomena. Applications to areas such as emulsification, foaming, detergency, sedimentation, flow through porous media, fluidization, nucleation, wetting, adhesion, flotation, electrocapillarity.

CHE 647 - (3) (Y)
Biochemical Engineering
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An introduction to the properties, production, and use of biological molecules of importance to medicine and industry such as proteins, enzymes, antibiotics, vitamins, and hormones. Topics include fermentation processes, isolation techniques, biological mass transfer, and enzyme engineering.

CHE 649 - (3) (Y)
Polymer Chemistry and Engineering
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Mechanisms and kinetics of various polymerization reactions. Relations between the molecular structure and polymer properties, and how these properties can be influenced by the polymerization process. Fundamental concepts of polymer solution and melt rheology. Application of these principles along with concepts of heat and mass transfer, to polymer processing operations such as extrusion, molding, and fiber spinning.

CHE 665 - (3) (Y)
Techniques for Chemical Engineering Analysis and Design
Prerequisites: Undergraduate differential equations, transport processes, and chemical reaction engineering
Development of analytical and numerical methods for analysis of steady state and transient chemical engineering problems arising in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, kinetics, and reactor design.

CHE 674 - (4) (Y)
Process Design and Economics
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Analysis of the factors which determine the genesis and evolution of a process, presented through examples. Study of the principles of marketing and technical economics. Detailed consideration of modern process design principles and techniques, including computer simulation with its optimization capability.

CHE 716 - (3) (SI)
Applied Statistical Mechanics
Prerequisites: CHE 615 or other graduate-level thermodynamics course, and permission of instructor
This course introduces the student to statistical mechanics and the various tools employed in that discipline (integral equations, computer simulation and perturbation theory). Applications of statistical mechanics to problems in chemical engineering -- such as phase equilibria, adsorption, transport properties, electrolyte solutions -- will be described.

CHE 744 - (3) (SI)
Electrochemical Engineering
Prerequisites: By topic: Graduate-level transport phenomena (e.g., CHE 625) and graduate-level mathematical techniques (e.g., CHE 665), or permission of instructor
Electrochemical phenomena and processes from a chemical engineering viewpoint. Topics include the application of thermodynamics, electrode kinetics, interfacial phenomena, and transport processes to electrochemical systems such as batteries, rotating disk electrodes, corrosion of metals, and semiconductors. The influence of coupled kinetics, interfacial, and transport phenomena on current distribution and mass transfer in a variety of electrochemical systems is discussed.

CHE 793 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

CHE 795 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

CHE 796 - (1) (S)
Graduate Seminar
Weekly meetings of graduate students and faculty for presentations and discussion of research under way in the department and at other laboratories.

CHE 819 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics
Prerequisites: CHE 618 or permission of instructor
Topics for advanced study, such as experimental methods, heterogeneous catalysis, polymerization kinetics, kinetics of complex reactions, reactor stability, and optimization of reaction systems.

CHE 820 - (3) (SI)
Modeling of Biological Processes in Environmental Systems

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Course focuses on the use of mathematical models to describe processes involved in the biological treatment of chemical waste, including contaminant degradation and bacterial growth, contaminant and bacterial transport, and adsorption. Engineering analyses of treatment processes such as biofilm reactors, sequenced batch reactors, biofilters and in situ bioremediation are considered. Topics include: introduction to hydrogeolgoy, microbiology, transport phenomena and reaction kinetics relevant to environmental systems; application of material and energy balances in the analysis of environmental systems; and dimensional analysis and scaling. Guest lectures by experts from industry, consulting firms and government agencies discuss applications of these bioremediation technologies.

CHE 833 - (3) (SI)
Specialized Separation Processes
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An advanced course covering the less conventional separation processes, such as chromatography, ion-exhange membranes, and crystallization. Exposes advanced graduate students to a broad range of topics that are analyzed in depth using modern chemical engineering methods. Student creativity and participation are stimulated through the development and presentation of individual course projects.

CHE 881, 882 - (3) (SI)
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Prerequisite: Permission of the staff. No more than three semester credits may be earned in a semester
A study of special subjects at an advanced level under the direction of members of the staff.

CHE 893 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

CHE 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For master's students.

CHE 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Master's Research
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

CHE 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For doctoral students.

CHE 999 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

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