School of Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall
- tel: 610-499-4037
- fax: 610-499-4059
Dr. C. Michael Kelly
- Chairman of Chemical Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 166B
- tel: 610-499-4050
- Secretary of Chemical Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 166
- tel: 610-499-4051
Curriculum: Master of Science in Engineering, Chemical
The chemical engineering graduate program offers advanced study, with courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction kinetics, and applied mathematics and requires a total of 10 classes. A wide range of technical electives is available to accommodate the interests of the individual student. The program is intended to confer proficiency in process analysis, synthesis, and design. The environmental engineering option or emphasis in biotechnology via course work and thesis provide the background to apply advanced techniques of chemical engineering to problems in these areas, which are important fields of professional activity for chemical engineers. The thesis option (10 classes) provides additional flexibility—particularly for students pursuing a career in research and development.
Here is a selection of courses students typically take as part of the chemical engineering graduate program.
ENGR 611 OPERATIONS RESEARCH
An introduction to the use of decision-making models, including linear programming, integer programming, networks, transportation and assignment problems, dynamic programming, Markovian models, queuing, and nonlinear programs.
CHE 621 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
Topics include continuum and molecular theories of matter; velocity distributions in laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layer analysis; simultaneous momentum, energy, and mass transport; transport analogies; convective and radiative heat transfer; molecular and turbulent diffusion; simultaneous diffusion and chemical reaction.
CHE 622 MASS-TRANSFER OPERATIONS
Topics include the theory of equilibrium stage and continuous contact operations; equilibrium relationships; stage efficiencies and mass-transfer rates; selection of separation processes and equipment configurations; and applications to binary and multicomponent distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, air water operations, and adsorption.
CHE 623 CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS
Topics include equations of state for mixtures; thermodynamics of non-ideal solutions; phase equilibria in complex systems; chemical equilibria in homogeneous, heterogeneous, and electrolytic systems; thermodynamic consistency; estimation of thermochemical and thermo-physical data; entropy and probability; the Third Law; thermodynamics of energy conversion; and introduction to irreversible thermodynamics.
CHE 624 APPLIED REACTION KINETICS & CATALYSIS
Topics include reaction-rate theory; kinetics of complex homogeneous reactions; effects of temperature and residence-time distribution; characterization of porous catalysts; kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic gas-solid reactions; external and internal coupled transport processes in porous catalysts; design of fixed and fluidized-bed catalytic reactors; kinetics of fluid-fluid reactions with applications to reactor design; and laboratory reactors, analysis of experimental data, and scale-up.
BME 625 BIOSEPARATIONS
This course is an exploration of the principles, approaches, and techniques relevant to the separation and downstream processing of biologically produced molecules. Protein purification, recovery of small biomolecules (amino acids and antibodies), and the isolation of primary metabolites will be covered. Particular attention will be paid to the physical chemistry of biological molecules in solution. This approach will result in the development of efficient separation techniques for biomolecules while maintaining biological activity.
CE 637 ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT
This course provides tools for the planning of environmental management programs and the assessment of environmental impacts. Topics include sources of environmental degradation, economic implications, standards, environmental impact statements, and methods for the assessment of land, water, air, and noise pollution impacts.
ME 681 FLUID MECHANICS
The basic equations of fluid mechanics are derived, and a variety of problems of importance in engineering practice are discussed. Topics include pipe and open channel flows, pipe networks, internal flows in pumps and turbines, external flows including low speed aerodynamics and drag reduction. Correct formulation of fluid flow problems for numerical solution, and the choice of effective computational methods for particular applications are stressed.
For more information about courses and requirements for the chemical engineering graduate program, see the course catalog.