CHEN 5090 (1). Seminar in Chemical Engineering

Required of all chemical engineering graduate students. Includes reports on research activities and on special current topics.

CHEN 5127 (3). Applied Statistics for the Manufacturing and Process Industries

Discusses the concepts and techniques of applied statistics essential to quality control and product/process improvement. Includes computer control (SQC/SPC), sampling methods and time series analysis, and methods of experimental design. Prereq., MCEN 4120. Same as CVEN 5127 and MCEN 5126.

CHEN 5128 (3). Applied Statistics In Research and Development

Students learn current and emerging statistical methods that are appropriate to experimentation in research and development activities. Statistical design of experiments and model fitting is emphasized. Prereq., one introductory probability/statistics course. Same as MCEN 5146.

CHEN 5210 (3). Transport Phenomena

Considers continuum mechanics, emphasizing fundamental relationships for fluid mechanics and heat transfer and their applications to engineering problems. Prereq., senior or graduate standing and undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and differential equations.

CHEN 5220 (3). Mass Transport

Examines fundamentals of mass transport with particular attention to microscopic balances in complex systems, such as those involving multiple components, chemical reaction, simultaneous heat and mass transport, and/or high mass flux. Prereq., CHEN 5210, undergraduate mass transfer, and familiarity with vector and tensor calculus.

CHEN 5333 (3). Research Methods and Ethics

Prepares graduate students to carry out independent research. Research ethics, laboratory skills, experimental methods, critical thinking, presentations, proposal preparation and career planning are discussed. Independent research project carried out under direction of chemical engineering faculty. Prereq., graduate standing.

CHEN 5343 (1). Research Methods and Ethics Seminar

Prepares graduate students to carry out independent research. Focuses on topics such as safety, ethics, communication skills, data analysis, intellectual property considerations, and time management.

CHEN 5360 (3). Catalysis and Kinetics

Studies principles of chemical kinetics and catalytic reactions, emphasizing heterogeneous catalysis. Coreq., CHEN 4330, or prereq., CHEM 4551 and instructor consent, or graduate standing in CHEM or CHEN.

CHEN 5370 (3). Intermediate Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Reviews fundamentals of thermodynamics, application to pure fluids and mixtures, and physical equilibrium and changes of state. Examines the equation of state and computation of fluid properties for pure fluids, mixtures, and solutions. Also looks at relations between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Prereq., undergraduate thermodynamics (CHEN 3320 or equivalent). View a syllabus here.

CHEN 5390 (3). Chemical Reactor Engineering

Studies ideal and nonideal chemical reactors, including unsteady state behavior, mixing effects, reactor stability, residence time distribution, and diffusion effects. Prereq., undergraduate course in chemical reactor design/kinetics. View a syllabus here.

CHEN 5420 (3). Physical Chemistry and Fluid Mechanics of Interfaces

Covers thermodynamics of interfaces and surface tension measurement; adsorption at liquid-gas, liquid-liquid, and solid-gas interfaces; monolayers; conservation equations for a fluid interface; rheology of interfaces; surface tension driven flows; contact angle and wettability; and double layer phenomena. Prereq., CHEN 3200 or equivalent.

CHEN 5450 (3). Polymer Chemistry

Lect. Introduces polymer science with a focus on polymer chemistry and polymerization reactions. Focuses on polymerization reaction engineering and how polymer properties depend on structure. Prereq., CHEN 4330 or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4450.

CHEN 5650 (3). Particle Technology

Aims to identify the important physical mechanisms occurring in processes involving particles, formulate and solve mathematical descriptions of such processes,and analyze experimental and theoretical results in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. Teaches students to apply this knowledge to the design of particulate systems. Conveys the breadth and depth of natural and industrial applications involving particulates. Prereq., APPM 2360 and CHEN 3200 or MCEN 3021. Same as CHEN 4650.

CHEN 5460 (3). Polymer Engineering

Introductory polymer engineering course reviewing basic terminology and definitions; the properties and synthetic routes of important industrial polymers; and processing of polymers and their applications. Prereq., CHEM 3311 and CHEN 3320, minimum grade C-, or equivalent, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4460.

CHEN 5630 (1). Intellectual Property Law and Engineering

Learn the fundamentals of various types of intellectual property, obtain the ability to search the USPTO database for patents, learn the difference between provisional patents, utility patents and foreign patents, and learn the timing requirements related to the filing of patents and public disclosure, use and/or sale of an invention. Prereq., Senior/graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4630.

CHEN 5670 (3). Environmental Separations

Lect. Covers traditional, as well as new, chemical separations processes that have environmental applications. Includes chemically benign processing (pollution prevention) as well as approaches to address existing pollution problems. Prereqs., senior or graduate student standing and CHEN 2120. Same as CHEN 4670.

CHEN 5680 (3). Environmental Process Engineering

Lect. Surveys the field of environmental process engineering and covers the topics of waste minimization and pollution, air pollution control, water pollution control, hazardous waste control, risk assessment and management, and ecological systems. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering. Same as CHEN 4680.

CHEN 5740 (3). Analytical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Presents applied analytical and numerical mathematical methods in the context of chemical engineering problems. Topics include modeling techniques, algebraic equations, and ordinary and partial differential equations. Prereq., senior or graduate standing; working knowledge of computing, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and vector operations; and undergraduate courses in physics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and reaction engineering.

CHEN 5750 (3). Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Covers numerical methods for solving ordinary differential, partial differential, and integral equations. These principles are employed to develop, test, and assess computer programs for solving problems of interest to chemical engineers. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

CHEN 5800 (3). Bioprocess Engineering

Lect. and lab. Reviews the recent developments in the fields of microbiology, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering that are of commercial value and benefit to mankind. Covers engineering implementation of such biological processes. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering or science, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4800, except that a major term report is required.

CHEN 5805 (3). Biomaterials

Provides an overview of biomaterials. Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications, properties, degradation mechanisms, and characterizations methods, foreign body response, methods to control physiological response to biomaterial surfaces, biocompatibility, biomaterials used in soft and hard tissue replacements, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering, and design criteria for developing a material for a given biological application. Prereq., CHEN 2820 and CHEM 3331. Same as CHEN 4805. View a syllabus here.

CHEN 5820 (3). Biochemical Separations

Lect. and lab. Presents purification methods, mass transfer coefficients, problems specific to biologicals, and scale-up of processes. Also covers chromatography, phase extraction, supercritical fluids, sedimentation, precipitation, electrophoresis, dialysis, affinity techniques, cell separation, application of separations to bioreactors, and comparison of batch and continuous processes. Prereq., senior standing or above in engineering or science. Same as CHEN 4820, except that reports and extra reading are required.

CHEN 5830 (1). Introduction to Modern Biotechnology

Introduces students to the biotechnology enterprise. Topics include the biotechnology industry and profession, the various academic disciplines of biotechnology, intellectual property, financing, and ethics.

CHEN 5831 (2). Biotechnology Case Studies

Capstone course required of all graduate students in the interdisciplinary graduate biotechnology certificate program. Reveiws molecular genetics, product synthesis and purification, economics intellectual property, and business planning. Working in teams, students present a biotechnology product plan. Prereq., CHEN 5830.

CHEN 5835 (3). Interfacial and Colloidal Phenomena

Provides a deep exploration of the fundamental principles of colloid and interface science and of related applications. Core topics include fundamental equations of interfacial science, capillary phenomena, interfacial thermodynamics interfaces, molecular monolayers, electrical surface properties, and interfacial a forces. Advanced topics include wetting phenomena, adsorption isotherms, dynamic interfacial behavior, surface modification, tribiology, surfactant self-assembly, and foams/emulsions among others. Prereq., CHEN 3320 or graduate standing (min. grade C-).

CHEN 5836 (3) Nanomaterials

Presents fundamental chemical and physical concepts that give rise to the unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials. Introduces important synthetic routes for producing nanomaterials, and interparticle forces governing colloidal behavior and self-assembly. Discusses current and potential applications in catalysis, biomedicine, renewable energy, and other fields. Prereq., senior or graduate standing. CHEN 4836 and 5836 are the same course.

CHEN 5838 (1-4). Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

CHEN 5840 (1-4). Independent Study

Available to MS and PhD students.

CHEN 5900 (3). Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Incorporates biochemistry, pharmaceutical science, and engineering for application in the pharmaceutical industry. Emphasizes microscale mechanisms affecting drug delivery, bioavailability, and stability. Specific topics include thermodynamics of macromolecular conformational stability, crystallization kinetics, interfacial phenomena, and industrial protein folding. Prereq., graduate standing.

CHEN 6210 (3). Microhydrodynamics of Suspensions and Colloids

Focuses on fluid mechanics and colloid science of suspensions of particles, cells, and drops. Covers fundamentals, applications, and research frontiers. Prereq., CHEN 5210 or equivalent.

CHEN 6820 (3). Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals

Covers design and operation of fermentation processes, microbial and enzyme kinetics, multiple substrate and multiple species of fermentation, regulation of enzyme activity, energetics of cellular growth, immobilized enzyme and cell reactors, and transport phenomena in microbial systems and downstream processing. Prereq., graduate standing in CHEM, CHEN, or MCDB, or instructor consent.

CHEN 6940 (1-6). Master's Candidate

CHEN 6950 (1-6). Master's Thesis

CHEN 8990 (1-10). Doctoral Thesis.