Chemical EngineeringS. Gehrke, Head
Professors Erickson, Edgar, Fan, Gehrke, Glasgow, King, Schlup, and Walawender; Associate Professors Pfromm and Rezac; Assistant Professor Hohn; Emeriti: Professors Akins, Kyle, and Matthews.
Chemical engineers contribute to society by providing an essential link between the basic chemical sciences and commercial application and production. Chemical engineering is a core engineering discipline, firmly rooted in the basic sciences. As a result, chemical engineering graduates have a broad array of career choices available to them. Chemical engineers find employment in the chemical and allied industries including energy, petrochemical, biotechnology, agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, environmental, and microelectronics.
Graduates are given a solid foundation in mathematics and the basic sciences over the first half of their academic program, and then focus on the chemical engineering discipline over the second half. They learn how to: account for the matter and energy flowing through a chemical process (CHE 320); analyze flows of fluids, heat, and matter (CHE 530, 531); use thermodynamics to understand physical and chemical equilibria (CHE 520, 521); design chemical reactors to create valuable products from raw materials (CHE 550) and the continuous and stagewise separation units that purify these products (CHE 560); and ultimately to tie these different operations together to operate in concert in a manner that is safe, effective, profitable, and environmentally sound (CHE 561, 570, 571). These principles are further developed and demonstrated using modern computational methods (CHE 316, 516) and in laboratory courses (CHE 522, 532, 542).
Professional skills such as communication, teamwork, and ethics are developed throughout the program. Electives in other disciplines enable graduates to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and meet the challenges of rapidly increasing technological complexity with an awareness of the impact of this technology on society. Graduates will be motivated to make worthwhile contributions to the profession and society and to appreciate the value of life-long learning.
Dual degree program
Areas of concentration
For an area of emphasis the student selects appropriate technical electives. Lists of recommended technical electives for some of the areas for emphasis commonly chosen are available in the department office.
A student may also acquire a minor in an area of concentration or complete requirements for admission to medical or law school. Students interested in the latter should consult the Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog. A student may also complete requirements for a secondary major in an area such as natural resources and environmental sciences. Other opportunities are described in the Secondary Majors section of this catalog.
Selection of technical electives and choices for areas of concentration should be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor.
Curriculum in chemical engineering (CHE)
Thirty-three hours of electives are required and they are to be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. All electives must be on the list approved by the department or have the approval of the department head and must support the educational objectives of the chemical engineering program. Both the required and elective components of a student's overall program of study should meet UGE criteria.
The departmental requirements below must be satisfied.
1. Fifteen hours of social sciences and humanities electives, are required. These courses are to be selected from the list approved by the College of Engineering. At least 6 hours of 300-level or higher UGE courses must be included within these fifteen hours.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
2. Technical electives must total 18 credit hours and must include courses selected from at least two of the following three subject areas: engineering materials; analytical mechanics (both statics and dynamics must be represented); and circuits, fields, and electronics.
3. The remaining technical electives are to be selected to enhance the student's professional development.
Chemical engineering courses
CHE 316. Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques I. (1) I, II, S. Application of computational methods including programming to chemical engineering problems. Three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: MATH 221.
CHE 320. Introduction to Process Analysis. (3) I, II. An introduction to chemical engineering with emphasis on material and energy balances. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: MATH 240 and CHE 316.
CHE 350. Engineering Materials. (2) I, II. Structures of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through changes in microstructure. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230. Pr. or conc.: PHYS 213.
CHE 352. Engineering Materials I. (3) I, II. Structure of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through change in microstructure. Two hours rec. a week and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 230. Pr. or conc.: PHYS 213.
CHE 499. Honors Research in Chemical Engineering. (Var.) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to students in the College of Engineering honors program. A report is presented orally and in writing during the last semester.
CHE 516. Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques II. (1) I. Application of computational methods with emphasis on simulation to chemical engineering problems. Three hours of lab a week. Pr.: CHE 316 and conc.: CHE 550 and 560.
CHE 521. Ch.E. Thermodynamics II. (3) II. A continuation of the study of the second law, thermodynamic analysis of processes, phase equilibrium, chemical reaction equilibrium. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 520.
CHE 542. Chemical Engineering Laboratory III. (3) II. Laboratory experiments on classical unit operations, e.g., distillation, absorption, extraction, and on chemical kinetics and process dynamics. Eight hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 516, 550, and 560. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.
CHE 550. Chemical Reaction Engineering. (3) I. Applied chemical kinetics and catalysis including the analysis and design of tubular, packed bed, stirred tank, and fluidized bed chemical reactors. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531. Conc.: CHE 516.
CHE 560. Separational Process Design. (3) I. Development of the basic theory and design of separational processes such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, adsorption, and ion exchange. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531. Conc.: CHE 516.
CHE 571. Chemical Engineering Systems Design II. (4) II. Basic concepts of process optimization with application to the synthesis and design of chemical processing systems. Emphasis will be on the solution of comprehensive systems design problems. Two hours rec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 516, 550, 560, and 570. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.
CHE 580. Problems in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. (Var.) I, II, S. An introduction to chemical engineering research. Pr.: Approval of department head.
CHE 626. Bioseparations. (2) II, in even years. Study of separations important in food and biochemical engineering such as leaching, extraction, expression, absorption, ion exchange, filtration, centrifugation, membrane separation, and chromatographic separations. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 531 or AGE 575.
CHE 648. Processing of Composite Materials. (3) I, II. Principles of composite materials, including ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix composites; properties and processing of fibers; role of interfaces in composites; basic concepts in mechanics, failure, and testing of composite materials. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.
CHE 650. Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar. (1) I, II, S. Topics in hazardous materials management and control, waste reduction and minimization, hazardous substance tracking, and hazardous waste engineering. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230.
CHE 653. Ceramic Materials. (3) I, II. Structure and bonding in glasses and ceramics; phase equilibria and transformation kinetics; defects and microstructure within ceramic materials; mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of ceramics and glasses. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.
CHE 661. Processing of Materials for Solid State Devices. (3) I, II. Structure, properties, and processing of materials for solid state devices. Crystal growth, epitaxy, oxidation, diffusion, lithography, and etching as applied to device fabrication. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.
CHE 681. Engineering Materials II. (3) I, II, S. The structure and bonding in crystalline and amorphous materials; crystallography; thermodynamic stability in materials; equilibrium diagrams and the phase rule; rate theory and kinetics of solid-state transformations; mechanical behavior of engineering materials; dislocations; failure mechanisms. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.
CHE 682. Surface Phenomena. (2) I, II, S. Principles and applications of interfacial phenomena, including capillarity, colloids, porosity, adsorption, and catalysis. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 520.
CHE 715. Biochemical Engineering. (3) I. The analysis and design of biochemical processing systems with emphasis on fermentation kinetics, continuous fermentations, aeration, agitation, scale up, sterilization, and control. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 550.
CHE 725. Biotransport Phenomena. (3) I, II. Principles of transport phenomena applied to biological and physiological processes. Membrane transport processes, circulatory system transport phenomena, transport and distribution of drugs. Pr.: CHE 530.
CHE 735. Chemical Engineering Analysis I. (3) I, II, S. The mathematical formulation of problems in chemical engineering using partial differential equations, vector and tensor notation. Solution of these problems by analytical and numerical methods. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 530.
CHE 745. Analysis of Physiological Processes. (3) II. Principles of process and systems analysis applied to problems in biology and medicine. Analysis of mixing in-flow systems, principles and applications of tracer analysis, analysis of kinetic and adsorption processes. Pr.: CHE 550.
CHE 750. Air Quality Seminar. (1) I. Topics in air quality including health effects, toxicology, measurement, characterization, modeling, management, and control. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 230.