Graduate Courses

ChE 510Molecular Thermodynamics in Polymeric and Biolgical Systems
Principles of statistical thermodynamics. The stable states of macromolecules. Molecular interactions. Diffusion, reaction kinetics and electrostatic properties related to biomolecular and polymeric systems. Cooperativity and binding. Applications of principles of statistical thermodynamics to biological systems and polymers using simple models.
ChE 511Polymer Processing Principles and Modeling
Categories of polymeric materials. Morphology and structuring of polymers; surface properties. Analysis of polymer processing operations such as injection moulding, extrusion, calendaring, coating, fiber spinning, tubular film blowing and mixing. Computer modeling and design of polymer processing machinery.
Consent of the instructor.
ChE 512Hierarchical Modeling of Macromolecular Systems
Atomistic and nano-scale modeling of complex polymer systems. Techniques for bridging the gap between atomistic and coarse-grained simulations. Applications of these techniques to multicomponent, polymeric and biological systems.
ChE 516Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Modeling and simulations of biomolecular systems. Sequence-structure-dynamics and function paradigm in proteins. Bioinformatic approaches in sequence analysis and structure prediction. Computer modeling and engineering of protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein- drug binding interactions. Molecular aspects of biochemical and biophysical networks. The relationship between microscopic and macroscopic properties of biological systems.
ChE 518Conformational Statistics and Dynamics of Polymers
Structural and configurational properties of polymer chains. Random walk approach, freely jointed chain models. Rotational Isomeric State formalism. Stochastics of rotational motions, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations of real polymeric systems in solution and in the bulk state.
ChE 520Downstream Processing in Biochemical Engineering
Separation and purification of biochemicals. Removal of insolubles by filtration, centrifugation and sedimentation. Isolation of products by adsorption and solvent extraction. Purification by nonlinear multicomponent chromatography, electrophoresis, dialysis and membrane processes. Polishing by drying and crystallization. Mathematical modeling and scale-up of selected operations.
ChE 525Basic Food Engineering
ChE 529Biochemical Engineering II
Aims of metabolic engineering and examples of applications.Cellular metabolism and construction of metabolic networks. Transcriptional regulation and signal transduction. Properties of stoichiometric matrix and the solution space. Flux balance analysis. Metabolic control analysis.
ChE 531Mechanical Properties of Polymers
ChE 538Polymer Applications
ChE 540Thermochemical Kinetics
Elementary steps and mechanisms of reactions. Theory of reaction rates, collision theory, potential energy surfaces, transition state theory, unimolecular and bimolecular reactions. Estimation of thermochemical and kinetic parameters using empirical techniques and quantum mechanical calculations.
ChE 541Microreaction Engineering
Fundamental principles associated with different types of catalytic microreactors. Modeling, simulation and operation of microreactors. Microreactor design and construction techniques. Selected applications of microreactors in industrial processes.
ChE 542Analysis of Sustainable Technologies
Analysis of natural sustainable energy resources: agricultural, biomass, solar, wind, geothermal and other resources. Existing and near-future sustainable energy technologies. Economical analysis of sustainable technologies. Legal, social and environmental aspects. Basic design of sustainable energy conversion processes.
ChE 543Catalysis for Green Technologies
Environmentally benign catalytic production technologies for energy and materials. Catalysis for mobile and stationary power generation. Adsorbents for hydrogen storage. Catalysts and adsorbents for reduction and prevention of greenhouse gas emissions: methane conversion, carbon dioxide utilization and sequestration.
ChE 550Statistical Methods in Chemical Processes
Review of statistical principles as applied to chemical engineering problems. Linear and non-linear regression analysis. Factorial and optimal designs of experiments. Multivariate statistical process analysis. Time series analysis and forecasting methods.
ChE 555 Applied Mathematics and Modeling for Chemical Engineers I
Modeling and mathematical formulation of lumped-parameter and distributed-parameter systems encountered in chemical engineering. Review of analytical and numerical methods used in the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations.
ChE 556Applied Mathematics and Modeling for Chemical Engineers II
Modeling of stagewise processes and the solutions of resulting difference and difference differential equations by operator and Z-transform methods. Applications of the theory of matrices to chemical engineering processes. Operator theoretic methods and their use in solving problems of transport phenomena and chemically reacting systems.
ChE 566Process Engineering Strategy
Introduction to process analysis and conceptual process design via a study of the creation and assessment of processing alternatives, optimization of recycle systems and engineering in the presence of uncertainty.
ChE 577Design and Operation under Uncertainty and Risk
Review of probability, statistics, and optimization. Feasibility, flexibility, and operability. Flexibility targeting and flexibility indexing. Design and operation under uncertainty and risk. Flexible design and feasible operation. Flexibility maximization and risk minimization for static and dynamic systems via optimization models. Monte Carlo simulation for design under uncertainty. Flexibility and risk assessment and targeting in design and operation.
ChE 578Dynamic Optimization of Chemical Processes
Optimization of chemical processes under unsteady-state operation. Application of the optimal control theory and numerical algorithms to lumped-parameter and distributed-parameter chemical engineering systems. Iterative and simultaneous solution of differential/algebraic optimization problems. Nonlinear-model-based predictive control of chemical engineering systems.
Consent of the instructor.
ChE 579Graduate Seminar
The widening of students' perspectives and awareness of topics of interest to chemical engineers through seminars offered by faculty, guest speakers and graduate students.
ChE 582Spec. Top. in ChE:Advanced Comp. Tech. in Chemical Eng.
ChE 591Spec. Top. in Techniques and Applications of Molecular Biotechnology
ChE 610Advaced Topics in Polymer Science and Engineering
Recent advances in theoretical and experimental approaches for the investigation of polymeric systems. Statistical mechanics of homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Advanced methods for the characterization of molecular structure and properties. Segmental orientation in polymer networks and liquid crystalline materials. Techniques and approaches for high technology materials design.
ChE 620Current Topics in Biological Systems Engineering
Literature survey on selected topic(s) in biological systems engineering. Rational design approaches in biotechnological processes. Developments in biotechnology in post-genomic era. Recent computational methods in systems biology and their applications. Discussion of future research directions.
ChE 621Phase Equilibria
An advanced study of fundamental concepts in classical and molecular thermodynamics. Solution thermodynamics, vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria, and chemical reaction equilibria in multicomponent systems; estimation of related thermodynamic properties.
ChE 622Statistical Thermodynamics
Review of classical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. Ensembles and partition functions. Estimation of thermodynamic properties. Fluctuations. Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Ideal gases. Crystals. Imperfect gases. Introduction to lattice statistics and to liquids.
ChE 626Advanced Computations in Phase Equilibria
An advanced computational study of multicomponent vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibrium systems. Computer calculations of nonidealities in gas and liquid phases using theories of molecular thermodynamics.
ChE 631 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Tensor algebra; continuum hypothesis; continuity and momentum equations; Lagrangian and Eulerian approach; ideal and potential flows; Navier - Stokes equation; exact and approximate solutions; creeping flow; laminar and turbulent boundary layer theory; lubrication theory.
ChE 634Interfacial Transport Phenomena
Modeling linear and nonlinear liquids with a deflecting interface. Jump conditions; physical properties at the interface. Formulation of interfacial conditions. Solution to mass, momentum, and constitutive equations. Perturbation methods and linear stability analysis; applications to various problems including Rayleigh jet, Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and other problems.
ChE 637Advanced Mass Transfer
Mechanisms of mass transfer. Equations of change for multicomponent systems. Mass transfer in laminar and turbulent regimes. Concentration distributions with more than one independent variable. Mass transfer with chemical reactions. Interfacial mass transfer. Interphase transport in nonisothermal systems.
ChE 642Catalytic Reactor Analysis and Design
Fundamentals of heterogeneous catalytic reaction systems with emphasis on the interaction of chemical and physical rate processes. Microkinetic analysis of solid-catalyzed reactions with and without external and/or internal heat and mass transfer resistances at the particle level. Macrokinetic analysis of two-phase catalytic reactors including design and simulation of fixed-bed reactors by pseudohomogeneous and heterogeneous models; scale up strategies. Introduction to two-phase catalytic micro-structured reactors and design by numbering up.
ChE 670Advanced Topics in Chemical Processes Control
Review of time series analyses; applied stochastic control theory including minimum variance control, LQG control, self-tuning control and adaptive control. Generalized predictive control. Current topics in chemical process control.
ChE 672Advanced Process Control
Review of conventional control. State space basics observability, controlability, state variable feedback, Luenberger observer, Lyapunov stability. Multivariable process control. Interaction concept, multivariable controller design, decoupling control. Digital process control. z-transform, difference equations, discrete control algorithms.
ChE 688Spec. Top. in ChE:Folding, Binding & Allostery in Biomolecular Machines
ChE 689Spec. Top. in ChE:Kinetic Heterogeneous Cat.
ChE 690M.S. Thesis in Chemical Engineering