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Here you will find graduate classes for CBE students that are either currently offered or were offered within the past five years.

Additional information is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Course schedules for current and upcoming semesters can also be found below.


CE 500 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

Advanced topics in chemical engineering to meet the needs and interests of graduate students.

CE 508 Metabolic Engineering

This course deals with the analysis and medication of metabolic pathways. It provides an integration and quantification approach towards metabolism and cell physiology. Areas that will be covered in this course include a review of cellular metabolism, comprehensive models for cellular reactions, regulation of metabolic pathways, examples of pathway manipulations (metabolic engineering in practice), metabolic flux analysis and metabolic control analysis. Some concepts of bioinformatics in a way that relate with cell metabolism studies, will also be introduced.

CE 509 Transport Phenomena I

Introduction to the principles of transport phenomena, particularly fluid mechanics. Fully developed laminar flows. Navier-Stokes equations derived from the point of view of momentum transport. Boundary layer concepts and assumptions discussed and applied to specific configurations. Creeping flows in relation to specific applications. Mathematical techniques, including orthogonal function expansions and similarity-type solutions. Buoyancy-driven flows. Applications in reverse osmosis, crystallization, and chromatography. Asymptotic solutions valid for high Prandtl and Schmidt numbers. Phenomenological theories of turbulence. Free surface and conduit flows.

CE 510 Transport Phenomena II

(Continuation of CE 509.) Emphasis on heat and mass transfer. Convection. Energy and convective diffusion equations, formulation of proper boundary conditions for various physical situations. Combined modes of transfer. Steady and unsteady state conduction and diffusion. Moving boundary problems.

CE 515 Phase Equilibrium and Staged Operations

Theoretical and computational methods necessary to characterize systems by their vapor-liquid phase relationships. Behavior in ideal binary to multicomponent real systems. State calculations from single ideal cases to multi-component fractionation methods. Equipment parameters and design methods.

CE 517 Bioengineering Principles

This is an advanced bioengineering course designed to teach engineering graduate students fundamental concepts that will assist them to transition from traditional engineering based education to bioengineering research. To achieve this goal, the class seeks to educate the students on fundamental as well as practical knowledge that are directly relevant to the type of research that is conducted in bioengineering laboratories.

CE 521 Introduction to Optofluidics

An introductory survey of the principles and applications of optofluidics, the integration of microphotonics and microfluidics. The course covers key principles of fluid dynamics, optics and photonics and the integration of these disciplines to realize functional microsystems, with an emphasis on bioapplications. Topics covered include a survey of micro- and nano-fabrication methods, the physics of fluids, micro- and nano-fluidic principles and related transport phenomena, electromagnetic (EM) theory including light-liquid interactions and the propagation, polarization, absorption, interference and dispersion of EM waves. Plasmonic phenomena are also discussed. State-of-the-art optofluidic devices are covered in some detail including liquid-liquid micro-optical waveguides, fluid tunable optical micro-resonators, adaptive photonic crystal devices and optical lens systems and microlfuidic dye lasers. Colloids and nanofluids are discussed along with methods for manipulating particles in fluids including near- and far-field optical techniques. Principles and applications of nanotechnolgy are also covered.

CE 522 Electrochemistry for Energy and Environmental Technologies

This course is for graduate students in Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry who are interested in sustainable renewable energy and environmental technology. Development of such cutting-edge technologies heavily relies on understanding of electrochemical principles associated with charge/mass transfer during the reactions. This course will start with fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of electrochemical reactions, followed by systematical descriptions of energy conversion and storage associated electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and battery principles. The targeted technologies, such as solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors will be introduced. Also, a special emphasis in this course is on environmental electrochemistry, which will cover the latest electrochemical technologies waste treatments, clean synthesis, and electrochemical sensors.

CE 523 Fundamentals of Green Engineering for Chemical Engineers

This course will discuss topics relevant to chemical engineering problems of cleaning gaseous, liquid and solid streams. The course will provide an introduction to environmental cleaning technology at a senior undergraduate/beginning graduate level. It will provide students with the knowledge and ability to deal with the daily practice of chemical engineers in designing clean technological processes or cope with the waste streams that are not handled properly in the plant. (Crosslisted with CE 423). 

CE 525 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Brief review of classical equilibrium thermodynamics based on the second law. Statistical concepts helpful in calculating properties of mixtures. Calculations of phase equilibria in binary and multi-component systems using modern approaches based on molecular thermodynamics.

CE 526 Statistical Mechanics

A first approach to statistical mechanics and its methods. Ensembles and the statistical formulation of the laws of thermodynamics. Mono-and poly-atomic ideal gases. Imperfect gases and graph theory. Dense liquids, distribution functions, computer simulation techniques. Lattice models, renormalization group methods. Microscopic dynamics and transport properties. Inhomogeneous fluids.

CE 527 Colloid and Surface Phenomena

The rather traditional title ‘Colloid and Surface Phenomena’ encompasses core concepts and issues in contemporary nanotechnology. Colloid science is concerned with particles in the nanometer to micrometer range, from inorganic particles, to organic particles, to macromolecules, to finely subdivided multiphase systems. The course introduces fundamentals of interaction forces in interfacial systems, surface, interfacial tensions and free energies, colloidal stability, association colloids: micelles, bilayers, microemulsions, and the repercussions of such fundamentals on interfacial phenomena, complex fluids, and soft matter. The course also covers special topics in nano/bio technology (supramolecules; nanoparticles; nanocoatings; carbon nanotubes; nanomachines and nanodevices; biomineralization; nanomedicine), as well as diverse colloid/‘nano’ applications and developments (in pharmaceutical, food, pulp and paper industry, home and personal care products, imaging technology, oil/gas extraction, environmental protection, etc.) 

CE 529 Application and Advanced Topics of Colloid and Surface Phenomena

Applications of principles of surface chemistry. Chemisorption and catalysis. Detergency. Emulsion. Flotation. Kinetics of coagulation processes. Colloidal methods of studying the molecular weight and shape of polymer molecules and other particles. Polymer adsorption. Cell membrane structure. Adhesion. Environmental applications.

CE 530 Molecular Simulation

This course will provide students with an understanding of the methods, capabilities, and limitations of molecular simulation. It will consist of the following topics: Theory, methods, and application of molecular simulation. Elementary statistical mechanics. Molecular modeling. Basic Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques and ensemble averaging. Evaluation of free energies, phase equilibria, interfacial properties, and transport and rate coefficients. Applications to simple and complex fluids and solids. Commercial simulation software.

CE 531 Chemical Engineering Mathematics & Computation

Mathematical and computational techniques of particular interest to chemical engineers. Essential multivariable calculus and coordinate systems. Legendre transforms. Analytical solution of nth-order linear ODEs. Matrix eigenvalue problems, analytical solution of systems of 1st-order linear ODEs, stability of equilibria. Fourier series, method of separation of variables for solving linear elliptic and parabolic PDEs. Programming with Matlab. Numerical solution of systems of nonlinear 1st-order ODEs, as well as linear elliptic, quasilinear parabolic and other PDEs. Applications to model problems describing diagnostic flow cells and controlled drug release.

CE 532 Chemical Engineering Analysis II

Computational methods for solving differential equations that model physical phenomena in chemical engineering.

CE 533 Introduction to Finite Element Methods

Finite element methods will be developed in the general framework of the weighted residual methods. Basis function (Lagrange, Hermite, Spline) will be developed in one, two, and three dimensions. Programming with FEM will be discussed for linear and nonlinear problems as well as for moving boundary problems. Iterative solution schemes will be compared and employed. Physical problems will be solved from the areas of fluid flow, transport phenomena, and reaction engineering.

CE 534 Materials Science and Corrosion

This course is a fundamental introduction of materials science and engineering. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the processing, structure, properties, and performance of solid materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and their composites, which students need to understand and exploit in regard to chemical processing and industrial equipment. The correlations of material synthesis, process, structures, and properties will be emphasized to provide insight into rational designs and synthesis of new materials.

Polymer Science and Engineering I is an introductory course on polymers. With the current global annual production of over 400 million tons, polymers are one of the most important materials, with broad applications in everyday life as well as in nearly every industry. CE535 will cover fundamental aspects of polymer chemistry and polymer physics. It focuses on the synthetic methods and structure-property relationship of polymers.

CE 536 Polymer Science and Engineering II (Polymer Synthesis)

Types of polymers and polymerizations. Step polymerization (kinetics, crosslinking). Radical chain and emulsion polymerization. Ionic chain polymerization (cationic, anionic). Chain copolymerization. Ring-opening polymerization. Reactions of polymers.

CE 537 Polymer Thermodynamics

Chain-like nature of polymers and techniques for the characterization of polymer molecular weight and size. Statistical thermodynamics of polymer solutions, phase equilibria in polymer systems. Polymers in the amorphous, crystalline, or rubber state. Cross-linked polymers and rubber elasticity.

CE 538 Polymer Rheology

Inelastic and viscoelastic fluids. Structure and flow phenomena associated with polymeric liquids. Detailed treatment of material functions and rheometry. Differential integral and rate-type constitutive equations. Introduction to the molecular treatment of rheology. Several problems in applied non-Newtonian fluid mechanics.

CE 539 Fundamentals of Polymer Processing

Theory and practice of polymer processing operations. Review of continuum me chanics and conservation principles for mass, momen-tum, and energy. Viscometry and rheological equations of state. Industrially important polymer processes, including single and twin screw extrusion, wire coating, film blowing, fiber spinning, blow molding, injection molding, and rotational molding. Mixing, lubrication theory, and stability of flows.

CE 540 Materials Principles

This course covers the fundamental principles of material science and engineering for graduate level students as they apply to basic chemical and biological engineering systems. Four topics will be discussed in-depth, including materials structure, thermodynamics, kinetics and properties. Materials structure includes chemical bonding, crystals and imperfections; materials thermodynamics include phase diagram and transformation; kinetics includes diffusion and solid-state chemical reactions. Electrical, optical and magnetic properties will be discussed in conjunction with applications that rely on these properties and corresponding characterization techniques. This course will cover major material systems (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) and provides example of structure/property relationship. The use of computational simulation for materials research will be introduced.

CE 547 Biochemical Engineering

This is a course on biotechnology and the use of genetic engineering methods for protein production in pharmaceutical settings. The course will cover basic biochemistry and microbiology fundamentals including microorgansims and biological molecules; structure-function relationships among macromolecules; molecular genetics; protein synthesis and genetic engineering. The course will also cover aspects related to enzyme catalysis, cell growth and bioreactor design. This includes the principles of enzyme catalysis and enzyme-substrate reactions; enzyme inhibition and modification methods; enzyme immobilization and the relative contributions of mass transfer and enzyme kinetics; stoichiometry and energetics of microbial growth; structured and unstructured biochemical models; bioreactor design and bioseparations.

CE 548 Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering

This senior undergraduate/beginning level graduate course serves as an introduction to Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on vascular engineering. The overall goal is to give students an understanding of how quantitative approaches can be combined with biological information to advance knowledge in the areas of thrombosis, inflammation to biology and cancer metastasis. Emphasis is placed on cellular and molecular bioengineering methods. (Crosslisted with CE 448).

CE 550 Protein Engineering

This course discusses the fundamentals of protein structure and how protein structure dictates function. The students learn various experimental techniques used to analyze proteins as well as the strategies used to engineer novel proteins, including knowledge-based design and directed evolution. Literature examples are presented to illustrate the process of protein engineering and how engineered proteins are used to solve problems in biotechnology and medicine.

CE 551 Computer-Aided Research in the Chemical and Materials Sciences

Computer-aided research has become vitally important in all facets of both the academic setting and industrial workplace. This course introduces a selection of valuable tools and techniques in this modern domain with a focus on practical, hands-on skill-building. The course covers four principal areas (all in the context of chemical, biological, materials, or engineering problems):  1. Scientific scripting and computing (in particular Python and its various modules); 2. Applied data analysis and mining (including materials informatics, cheminformatics); 3. Molecular and materials modeling, computational chemistry; 4. Visualization of data and results.

CE 556 Introduction to Aerosol Science

Aerosols, dispersions of nano- and micro-particles in gases, play important roles from the nanoscale, where aerosol processes are used to produce new nanomaterials, to global scales where they play important roles in weather and climate. This course will provide students with an introduction to aerosol science and technology at a senior undergraduate/beginning graduate level. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and predict the production, transport, and other behavior of aerosols and will introduce them to technologies for producing, measuring, and collecting them. It provides a solid foundation for understanding aerosols in contexts ranging from advanced materials to atmospheric chemistry and physics.

CE 561 Applied Chemical Kinetics

Applications of chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena to the design of chemical reactors. More practical than theoretical.

CE 563 Heterogeneous Catalysis

Catalyst preparation. Newer techniques for surface analysis (ESCA, AES, SEMEDAX, EXAFS, SIMS). Treatment of mass and heat transfer effects in catalytic kinetics.

CE 564 Tissue Engineering

In this course we discuss the following topics: (i) the basic scientific principles enabling the field of tissue engineering (cell culture, biology of extracellular matrix molecules, elements of immune reaction to transplants); (ii) engineering fundamentals (biomaterials/scaffolds for tissue growth, engineering the microenvironment for optimal cell organization and function; technologies for spatio-temporal control of cell/tissue organization); (iii) methods for genetic manipulation of cells; and (iv) specific examples of bioengineered tissues including skin, blood vessels, bone and others.

CE 571 Frontiers of Chemical Technology

Students are exposed to a broad range of industrial problems and will solve the problems in a project-oriented approach.

CE 580 Nonlinear Analysis

Autonomous and nonautonomous systems; nonlinear ODEs; phase plane analysis; linear stability theory; Lyapunovs direct method; bifurcation theory; cusps, isolas, and limit cycles; periodic solutions and Hopf bifurcation and stability analysis; nonlinear PDEs; pattern formation in chemical systems; transition to chaos; hydrodynamic stability. Examples focus on reaction and transport processes.

CE 611, 612 Chemical Engineering Seminar

Graduate students are required to attend weekly seminars presented by distinguished speakers from academia and industry.

CE 630 & 631 Research Methods in Chemical Engineering, Parts I & II

This is a two-semester course that aims at training doctoral graduate students in the methodologies and practices used in chemical engineering research. Students learn the techniques for formulating, developing and completing an original research problem in their respective fields of interest. The course material covers development of new research ideas, literature search to identify the state of the art in the specific field, connectivity and cross-fertilization of ideas, multidisciplinary research, as well as instruction on the most popular experimental, theoretical and computational techniques used in chemical engineering research. Students will work on individual research projects developed during the first semester of the course. The second semester will focus on obtaining preliminary original results. Evaluation of student performance will be based on progress reports and a final report. Oral defense of the final reports in front of a committee of graduate faculty is required.