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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Master's Program Course Descriptions

ChE I0000: Seminar
Invited speakers and reports of graduate student research. 
1 Hr./wk; 1 Cr.

ChE I2800: Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics
Classical thermodynamics; batch and flow systems; homogeneous and heterogeneous systems; physical and chemical equilibria, energy effects. Correlation and approximation methods. 
Prereq.: ChE 33000 or ME 33100.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I3300: Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering

The analysis of non-ideal chemical reactor systems. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor systems. Industrial catalytic reactor design and troubleshooting.
Prereq.: ChE 43200.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I5200: Powder Science and Technology
Powder metrology: Characterization of particles and particle assemblies; packing of granular solids; interparticle forces and tribology in particulate systems; continuum powder mechanics; design of hoppers; population balance modeling of mixing, segregation, agglomeration and comminution. Bulk powder handling: conveying and storing.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I5500: Interfacial Phenomena
Interfacial thermodynamics. The theory of the electrical double layer. Interfacial statistics and the Young-Laplace equation. Interfacial fluid mechanics and stability. Applications such as surface waves and Marangoni flows are included.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I5700: Advanced Materials Engineering
Microscopic level interactions in solid materials. The geometric structure of materials: metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and polymers. Structure determination. The thermodynamic foundation of phase diagrams. Material properties: thermal, electrical, and optical. Surface properties. Synthesis and characterization of "high tech" materials with emphasis on nanoscale technology.
Prereq.: ChE 31000 or permission of the instructor.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I5800: Molecular Simulation
Theory and practice of numerical techniques for the simulation of material properties and transport phenomena at the molecular level. Introduction to ab initio and empirical force fields, theoretical background on Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, and related methods. Introduction to biased and accelerated methods, simulation of fluid flows, long-range interactions, phase equilibriums and other topics of current interest. Exercises will emphasize computational practice, writing code for particular applications, and the analysis of numerical results.
Prereq.: ChE I3200 or permission of the instructor.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I6400: Rheology of Soft Materials
Rheological measurement. Linear and non-linear viscoelasticity. Rheology of polymers, liquid crystals, emulsions, gels, and other complex fluids and soft solids. Continuum and molecular theories of viscoelasticity.
Prereqs.: Undergraduate degree in physical science or engineering discipline, or permission of the instructor.

ChE I8900: Nanotechnology
Introduction to nanotechnology and its applications in the development and synthesis of soft materials.
Prereq.: ChE I2800 and ENGR I9100.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I9100: Mass Transfer
Definitions of concentrations, velocities and mass fluxes. Conservation of species equation; multicomponent diffusion; Stefan-Maxwell equations. Transient diffusion in semi-infinite media. Definition of transfer coefficients with addition. Application of film, penetration and boundary layer theory. Diffusion with homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reaction. Interphase transport.
Prereq.: ENGR I0800.
3 Hr./wk; 3 Cr.

ChE I9700: Report
In-depth analysis by means of written reports of a number of technical papers, reports or articles on a specific topic of interest to chemical engineers. Topics to be chosen by the student after consultation with a professor in the department. An oral presentation of the written report may be required at the departmental seminar.
Prereq.: Completion of 12 credits toward the master's degree in ChE. Not applicable for credit towards the Ph.D.
0 Cr.

ChE I9800: Master's Project
Theoretical or experimental project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Student submits a written proposal, performs the required work, and submits a written final report.
Prereq.: Written departmental approval.
3 Cr.

ChE I9900: Research for the Master's Thesis
Variable Credits. Up to 6 Cr.