Academic Catalog

Chemical Engineering (4200)

4200:521. Fundamentals of Multiphase Transport Phenomena. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:321 or equivalent and permission. Major topics to be covered include intraphase and interphase transport phenomena, transport phenomena in multiphase fluids, transport in porous media, transport in gas/liquid pipe flows, computational fluid dynamics of multiphase systems, and case studies.

4200:535. Process Analysis & Control. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4200:330, 4200:353. This course is intended for a student holding a BS in a discipline other than engineering. Response of simple and chemical processes and design of appropriate control systems.

4200:541. Process Design I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4200:330, 4200:351, 4200:353. Application of chemical engineering fundamentals to the design of a multi-unit process. Emphasis on use of process simulators. Advanced equipment design, oral, written communication skills, teamwork.

4200:561. Solids Processing. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4200:321 and 4200:353 or permission. Comprehensive problems in sedimentation, fluidization, drying and other operations involving mechanics of particulate solids in liquid and gas continua.

4200:563. Pollution Control. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:353 or permission. Air and water pollution sources and problems. Engineering aspects and methodology.

4200:566. Digitized Data & Simulation. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Data acquisition and analysis by digital devices, digital control applications and design.

4200:570. Electrochemical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Chemical engineering principles as applied to the study of electrode processes and to the design of electrochemical reactors. Topics include electrochemical thermodynamics, cell polarizations, Faraday's Laws, electrode kinetics, transport processes in electrochemical systems, current distributions, reactor design, experimental methods, commercial processes, and batteries and fuel cells.

4200:572. Separation Processes in Biochemical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:353. Introduction to the separation and purification techniques pertinent to bioprocesses, with emphasis on the engineering considerations for large-scale operations.

4200:600. Transport Phenomena. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:322 or permission. Systematic presentation of conservation of momentum, energy and mass at microscopic and macroscopic levels in conjunction with illustrative examples and analogies.

4200:605. Chemical Reaction Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:330 or permission. Kinetics of homogeneous and heterogenous systems. Reactor design for ideal and non-ideal flow systems.

4200:610. Classical Thermodynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:225. Discussion of laws of thermodynamics and their application. Predication and correlation of thermodynamic data. Phase and reaction equilibria.

4200:621. Surface Science in Chemical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course emphasizes the basics of surface science (surface energy, wetting, adhesion); surface characterization techniques (contact angle, ellipsometry, XPS); and surface engineering methods (SAMs, soft-lithography).

4200:622. Biochemical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Application of chemical engineering principles to biological processes which produce desirable compounds or destroy unwanted or hazardous substances.

4200:625. Physical Properties of Structural Biopolymers. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Examination of the physical properties of biological tissues from a material science perspective leading to a rational design of biomaterials.

4200:630. Chemical Process Dynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite:4200:600. Development and solutions of mathematical models for chemical processes including models based on transport phenomena principles, population balance methods and systems analysis.

4200:631. Chemical Engineering Analysis. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4200:322, 4200:225, 4200:330. Mathematical analysis of problems in transport processes, chemical kinetics and control systems. Solution techniques for these problems and their practical significances are stressed. Heuristic proofs will be given for necessary theory developments.

4200:632. Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3450:235. Description and analysis of the complex behavior exhibited by nonlinear equations. Emphasis is on the numerical methods to quantify chaos.

4200:633. Colloids-Principles & Practice. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Colloid science and applications in chemical and biomaterials engineering: disperse systems, interparticle forces, surface tension, interfacial thermodynamics, colloid applications, biomaterials applications and characterization techniques.

4200:634. Applied Surfactant Science. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:610. The basics of surfactant science, the chemical engineering application of surfactants including use in polymerization media, separations, emulsion, microemulsion, and a rheology modifier.

4200:635. Advanced Polymer Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:322 or 4200:600 or permission. Reactors for polymerization, polymer characterization, polymer processing, polymer rheology.

4200:640. Advanced Plant Design. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Topical treatment of process and equipment design, scale-up, optimization, process syntheses, process economics. Case problems.

4200:674. Renewable Resources for Environmentally Benign Chemical Production. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Focus is on chemical and biochemical processing technologies for the preparation of fuels, polymeric materials, and specialty chemicals from renewable resources.

4200:680. Heterogenous Catalysis. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:330. Kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic reactions; characterization and design of heterogeneous catalysts.

4200:696. Topics in Chemical Engineering. (1-3 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of six credits.) Prerequisite: permission. Topics selected from new and developing areas of chemical engineering, such as electrochemical engineering, coal and synthetic fuels processing, bioengineering, simultaneous heat and mass transfer phenomena and new separation techniques.

4200:697. Chemical Engineering Report. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of advisor. A relevant problem in chemical engineering is studied. Required course for students electing non-thesis option. Final report must be approved by advisor and advisory committee.

4200:699. Master's Thesis. (1-6 Credits)

(May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.) For properly qualified candidate for master's degree. Supervised original research in specific area of chemical engineering selected on basis of availability of staff and facilities.

4200:701. Advanced Transport Phenomena. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. Advanced theory of transport phenomena such as applied tensor analysis, constitutive equations, multicomponent reactive transport and multiphase transport. Illustrative practical examples presented.

4200:702. Multiphase Transport Phenomena. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. General transport theorem, kinematics, Cauchy's lemmas and the jump boundary conditions are developed followed by the theory of volume averaging. The single phase equations are then volume averaged to obtain the multiphase equations of change. The technique for using these equations and their practical significance is also covered.

4200:706. Advanced Reaction Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:605. Kinetics of heterogeneous systems, steady and unsteady state mathematical modeling of chemical reactors, fluidization and additional topics drawn from current literature.

4200:711. Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:610. Advanced topics in thermodynamics, including phase and reaction equilibria at high pressures, phase equilibrium for multiphase systems, reaction equilibria in multiphase systems, thermodynamics of surfaces, thermodynamics of systems under stress, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and current topics from literature.

4200:715. Momentum Transport. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. Discussion of potential flow, boundary layer formation and turbulent flow phenomena for Newtonian fluids.

4200:716. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. Tensor and curvilinear coordinates. Newtonian viscometrics. Development of non-Newtonian constitutive equations. Special and general flows of various constitutive models.

4200:720. Energy Transport. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. Conduction, natural and forced convection, and radiation heat transfer starting with equations of continuity, motion and energy.

4200:721. Topics in Energy Transport. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:720. Advanced analytical and graphical methods for solving complex heat transfer problems found in chemical engineering.

4200:725. Mass Transfer. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:600. Theory of mass transfer with applications to absorption, adsorption, distillation and heterogeneous catalysis.

4200:731. Process Control. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:630. Introduction to modern control theory of chemical processes including cascade control, multivariate control and data sampled control.

4200:736. Polymer Engineering Topics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission. Selected topics of current interest in polymer engineering, such as modeling of reactors or processes, multiphase materials, multiphase flow, artificial fiber engineering, etc.

4200:738. Chemical Processing of Advanced Materials. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:605. Advanced materials such as ceramics, optical materials, sensors, catalysts; application of reaction engineering to sol-gel processing, ceramic processing, modified chemical vapor deposition.

4200:742. Advanced Catalyst Design. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:605. Development of catalysis theory and its application to the design of practical catalysts.

4200:750. Advanced Pollution Control. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4200:463 or permission. Analysis of current environmental research in analytical instrumentation, air and water, pollution control, hazardous waste treatment, and nuclear waste disposal.

4200:780. Advanced Biocatalysis & Biotransformations. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3150:401 or 3150:501 or permission of instructor. Focuses include: (a) high performance enzymes via chemical modification, recombinant technology, evolution, extremophiles; (b) applications of enzymes in biosynthesis, bioprocessing, biosensing, and bioremediation.

4200:791. Chemical Engineering Seminar. (1 Credit)

(May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced level coverage of specialized chemical engineering topics. Intended for students seeking a Ph.D. in engineering.

4200:794. Advanced Seminar Research Techniques for Engineering. (3 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of six credits.) Prerequisite: permission of department chair. Advanced projects, readings and other studies in various areas of chemical engineering. Intended for student seeking Ph.D. in engineering.

4200:898. Preliminary Research. (1-15 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of 15 credits.) Prerequisite: approval of dissertation director. Preliminary investigations prior to the submission of a dissertation proposal to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee.

4200:899. Doctoral Dissertation. (1-15 Credits)

(May be taken more than once.) Prerequisite: acceptance of research proposal by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee and approval of the dissertation director. Original research by the doctoral student.