Graduate Catalog

Chemical Engineering Graduate Courses  

Permission of the instructor and consent of the student's adviser are required for enrollment in all chemical engineering courses.

CHE 805 - Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy Sources
Credits: 4.00

sing and refining of coal, crude oil, natural gas, tar sands and shale oil. Biomass co-combustion, biofuel extraction, impediments to widespread utilization. Exploration of environmental issues with energy generation and consumption. Lab.

CHE 806 - Electrochemical Methods for Energy Applications
Credits: 4.00
Fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics of eletricochemical processes; kinetics of electrochemical reactions; electrocatalysis basics and current technologies for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. Prereq: CHEM 683, 684.

CHE 809 - Fundamentals of Air Pollution and Its Control
Credits: 4.00
The origin and fate of air pollutants. Fundamentals of atmospheric meteorology, chemistry, and dispersion phenomena. Control of air pollutants and the related equipment. Current issues. Lab.

CHE 812 - Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
Credits: 4.00
Development of nuclear reactors; binding-energy; radioactivity; elements of nuclear reactor theory; engineering problems of heat transfer, fluid flow, materials selection, and shielding; environmental impacts. (Not offered every year.)

CHE 822 - Introduction to Microfluidics
Credits: 4.00
Fundamentals and applications of microfluidics; scaling laws; microfabrication technology; hydrodynamics and electrohydrodynamics; interfacial phenomena; capillary effects and diffusion; microvalves; micropumps; lab-on-a-chip systems; biochips. Prereq: fluid mechanics course or permission of instructor.

CHE 844 - Corrosion
Credits: 4.00
Fundamentals of corrosion processes in industrial and environmental settings; thermodynamics, kinetics, and mass transport in local corrosion cells; protection by electrochemical, chemical, surface modification, or barrier methods; instrumental methods in corrosion science. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

CHE 852 - Process Dynamics and Control
Credits: 4.00
Dynamic behavior of chemical engineering processes described by differential equations; feedback control concepts and techniques; stability and analysis. Lab.

CHE 861 - Biochemical Engineering
Credits: 4.00
Immobilized enzyme technology, microbial biomass production, transport phenomena in microbial systems, biological reactor design, process instrumentation and control, applications in separation and purification processes. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

CHE 862 - Biomedical Engineering
Credits: 4.00
Transport phenomena and chemical reactions in physiological systems. Formulation and interactions of biomaterials. Artificial kidney, vascular prothesis, drug delivery, protein and cell adhesion. Introduction to tissue engineering. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

CHE 866 - Biomaterials
Credits: 4.00
Fundamental principles of biology and material science, along with latest topics in biomaterials research. Topics include cell biology, wound healing, host response to foreign materials, polymers, hydrogels, diffusion and methods of material characterization. Specific medical applications of biomaterials such as orthopedic and dental implants, heart valves, artificial blood vessels, cochlear and opthalmic implants and tissue engineering. Laboratory.

CHE 898 - Chemical Engineering Project
Credits: 3.00
Concluding experience for Master of Engineering Degree. Chemical Engineering majors only.

CHE 899 - Master's Thesis
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. Cr/F.

CHE 900 - Seminar
Credits: 1.00
Topics of interest to graduate students; reports of research ideas, progress, and results; lectures by outside speakers. Continuing course: instructor may assign IA grade (continuous grading) at the end of one semester. Chemical Engineering majors only.

CHE 913 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3.00
Basic equations describing behavior of static and dynamic fluid systems. The equations of motions and application to laminar and turbulent flow. Momentum and energy equations for advanced problems associated with flow inside conduits. Flow of compressible fluids and boundary layer phenomena.

CHE 915 - Heat Transfer
Credits: 3.00
Steady-state and transient heat conduction in solids; heat convection; analytical solutions, similarity relations, boundary layer methods; radiation.

CHE 916 - Diffusive Mass Transfer
Credits: 3.00
Physical aspects of diffusion; theories of diffusion in dilute gases, dense gases, liquids, and solids; surface diffusion; mixing processes. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer.

CHE 923 - Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.00
The multi-component open system; the volumetric and phase behavior of pure substances and of multi-component systems at physical and chemical equilibrium, fugacity and activity; thermal properties of equilibrium, chemically reacting systems; introduction to statistical thermodynamics

CHE 932 - Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics
Credits: 3.00
Specialized applied kinetics problems; catalysis; fast reaction and shock tubes; combustion and detonation processes; non-isothermal kinetics; heat and mass transfer in non-equilibrium, chemically reacting systems.

CHE 996 - Graduate Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Directed reading or investigation at the advanced level on topics in chemical engineering, including internships for graduate students. Only open to Chemical Engineering majors.

CHE 999 - Doctoral Research