Curriculum Course Descriptions

CHBE 534 Transport Phenomena


Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

Derivation of the mass, momentum and energy conservation laws using vector and tensor notation. Analytical solutions of the steady and unsteady state differential equations in fluid dynamics. Application of stream and potential functions; boundary layer theory in isothermal fluid flows. Turbulent flow and estimation of friction factors.

CHBE 514 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics


Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

First and Second Law analysis of flow processes. Entropy generation through heat and fluid flow. Concepts of exergy, availability and irreversibility, types of irreversibility. Minimization of entropy generation or exergy loss as a design criterion. Applications will include analysis of both lumped parameter and distributed parameter systems.

CHBE 512 Modeling and Analysis of Chemical Engineering Systems

Credit (2, 2, 0) 3

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.

CHBE 590 Graduate Seminar

Expanding the students’ horizons through seminars in comtemporary topics presented by guest speakers, faculty members, and graduate students in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and bioengineering.

CHBE 531 Advanced Chemical Engineering I: Fluid Mechanics

Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

Dynamics of motion, constitutive equations. Incompressible flow, potential flow. Compressible flow. Thermodynamics of flow. Viscous flow, creeping flow. Turbulent flow. Boundary layer theory. Some exact and approximate solutions of Navier-Stokes equations.

CHBE 532 Advanced Chemical Engineering II: Heat Transfer   

Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

Analytical methods in conduction; Bessel functions, separation of variables, Laplace transforms, superposition, oscillating solutions; computer methods; finite differences, finite elements. Convection and mass-transfer principles, including boundary-layer phenomena in laminar and turbulent flow; internal flows; heat transfer in high-velocity flow, numerical methods. Analysis, including the nature of thermal radiation; radiative characteristics of surfaces; radiative heat transfer in evacuated enclosures and in enclosures containing an absorbing and emitting or a scattering medium.

CHBE 533 Advanced Chemical Engineering III: Mass Transfer

Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

Diffusion in binary mixtures, Fick's first law of diffusion. Molecular diffusion in steady and unsteady state conditions. Diffusion in falling films, reactors and on the catalytic surfaces. Diffusion in multi-component mixtures, applications of the Maxwell-Stefan relations. Derivation of the balance equations for simultaneous momentum, heat and mass transfer in multi-component mixtures, and mass transfer in boundary layers. Mass transfer in turbulent flow and correlations for mass transfer coefficients.

CHBE 541 Advanced Chemical Process Control

Credit (3, 1, 0) 3

State space representation of multivariable systems. Concepts of controllability and observability; application of eigenvalue decomposition in finding poles of a system. Relations between state space and transfer function model forms. Analysis of the interactions in multivariable systems and design of multivariable controllers. Analysis of discrete time systems, z-transforms. Design of digital controllers, model predictive control.

CHBE 552 Pollution and Control

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Definition and criteria of pollution, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, types of pollution control, physical/chemical methods, biological methods.

CHBE 554 Advanced Separation Processes

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Separation processes which require a mass transfer analysis for complete understanding such as adsorption, ion exchange and chromatography. Absorption with chemical reaction for removing pollutants from flue gases. Separations involving a solid phase such as leaching, crystallization and drying.

CHBE 555 Membrane Science and Membrane Separations

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Introduction the science, technology and applications of membrane separation processes. Coverage includes sSeparation concepts, fundamentals of transport in porous and non-porous membrane materials, diffusion across a thin film, terminology,driving force, biological vs. synthetic membranes, formation of membranes, modules and basic design of the most important membrane processes and membrane reactors. As general transport models concentration and pressure gradients, solution - diffusion models and membrane-solute interactions will be discussed. The major processes include microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, dialysis, and gas separation. This essentially practical course is biased towards membrane bioseparations and specialized topics include membrane fouling issues and controlled release.

CHBE 561 Advanced Materials

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Integration of principles of chemistry, biology, and engineering to create new products. Uses case-study format to examine recently developed products in chemical, and biotechnological industries. Topics include, nanoporous materials, zeolites, polymers, composites, and bBiomaterials (medical implants, artificial organs, etc.).

CHBE 562: Advanced Chemical and Biological Reaction Engineering

Credit (3,0,0) 3

Kinetic modeling of chemical and biological phenomena with extensive computer applications through selected examples about industrial processes, metabolic processes, microbial growth, product formation and enzyme catalyzed reactions.   Axial and radial dispersion and temperature variations in tubular reactors. Design principles of gas-solid reactions. Reactor stability

CHBE 565 Fundamentals of Colloid and Surface Chemistry               

Credit (3, 0, 1) 3

Fundamentals of colloid and surface chemistry with theoretical and laboratory work. Topics include: self assembly of amphiphiles, Brownian motion, surface chemistry and monolayers, surface tension and contact angle, electrostatic interactions in colloidal systems, structure and properties of micelles in industrial and biological processes, bilayer systems, membranes in biological systems and transport, micro-and macro emulsions. Lab work includes:  surface tension and conductimetric determination of CMC, preparation and characterization of different colloidal structures using UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and microscopy techniques, preparation of microemulsions, and reactions in microemulsion droplets.

CHBE 566 Advanced Colloid and Surface Chemistry    

Prerequisite:CHBE 565

Credit (3, 0, 1) 3

Continuation of CHBE 565 including advanced theoretical and laboratory work. Aims to develop a deeper understanding of the field and use of techniques involved. Topics include:  polymers in solution, and their transport properties, colloidal stability, colloidal sols, phase equilibria, phase diagrams and their application, foams, nanoparticles, synthesis methods and their applications. Lab work includes: magnetic nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, using techniques such as DLS and XRD, investigation of polymer behaviour with physical changes, and investigation of colloidal stability.

CHBE 567 Nanomaterials: Characterization and Applications

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Advances in nanomaterials; impact of present day research and development; synthesis of nanomaterials; nanoparticles, nanotubes/wires, nanometer thick thin films, nanostructured bulk materials; assembly of nanostructures; biological structures; structure-property correlations in nanomaterials and nanostructures; advanced characterization techniques; applications especially those related to nanotechnology, information technology, and biotechnology.

CHBE 569 Nondestructive Testing   

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3  

Provide skills in various nondestructive testing (NDT) methods such as ultrasonic testing, radiographic interpretation, liquid penetrant, and magnetic particles for the inspection of structures in accordance with industrial standards. Involves basic training and application experiments for the use of ultrasonic testing and inspection of radiographic films. Ultrasonic flaw detection measurements, and evaluation the radiographic images are covered. .

CHBE 573 Advanced Biotechnology

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Advanced unit operations, transport phenomena and thermodynamics as applied to biological systems with extensive computer applications and analytical mathematical analysis through selected examples about industrial and metabolic processes

CHBE 581 Advanced Polymer Chemistry

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Polymers : naturally occuring and man-made Macromolecules . Terminology for Polymer Chemistry. Classification of Polymers. Physical and Chemical Properties of Polymers. The general ways of formation of Polymers. Average degree of Polymerization. Natural and Synthetic Polymers. The architecture of Natural and Synthetic Polymers. Polymerization catalysis. Application of Polymer (Various uses of Polymers). Modern Techniques for Polymer Characterization. Industrially important Polymers.

CHBE 583 X-ray Diffraction  

Credit (3, 0, 1) 3  

Principles of powder X-ray diffraction; The unit cell; The powder diffractometer; Factors influencing d-spacing accuracy; Factors influencing intensity accuracy; Use of internal and external standards; Sample preparation; Automated phase analysis; Computer databases used in diffraction; Computer analysis of diffraction data; Analysis of d-I data; Crystallinity; Crystal size and strain; Structure modeling; Structure refinement; Rietveld method of pattern-fitting structure refinement.

CHBE 591 Climate Change and Sustainable Development  

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Covers the effects of global climate change, and the demand for professionals to address the challenge. Mitigation of the effects of climate change in  both governmental and private sectors. Means of adapting  to the new climatic conditions and measures to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases. Assessment of  the climate change problem in search of realistic and cost effective solutions.

CHBE 621 Equilibrium Thermodynamics            

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Advanced treatment of classical and molecular thermodynamics. Solution thermodynamics, vapor-liquid, and liquid-liquid equlibria. Chemical reaction equilibrium in multicomponent systems. Calculation of thermodymanic properties.

CHBE 624 Convective Heat Transfer             

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Fundamental equations for fluid flow. Differential and Integral equations of the boundary layer. Force convection in internal and external laminar flows.  Momentum and heat transfer approach in turbulent flow. Natural convection

CHBE 641 Advanced Topics in Process Control       

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Review of time series analysis; 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

CHBE 681 Advanced Topics in Polymer Science and Engineering  

Credit (3, 0, 0) 3

Advances in the theoretical and empirical treatment of polymeric systems. Statistical mechanics of homogeneous and heterogeneous systems Advanced methods in cheacterization of molecular structure and properties. Advances in polymer network and liquid crystal materials  Techniques in designing advanced materials.