General Curriculum Course Descriptions

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Quantum Theory and electronic structure of atoms, periodic relationship among elements, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, compounds, mass relationships in chemical reactions, gases, thermochemistry and laws of thermodynamics.


CHBE 102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering


Prerequisite:None

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Definition and responsibilities of a Chemical Engineer. Understanding chemical processes via the flowsheets of operations and processes involved. Relevant phenomena related to these operations and processes. An introduction to Chemical Engineering calculations. Calculation methods based on the principles of material and energy balances. Concepts of simultaneous material and energy balance calculations of chemical engineering unit operations, unit processes and related applications.


CHEM 112 General Chemistry II


Prerequisite:CHEM 111

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Intermolecular forces and liquids and solids, physical properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilbria, electrochemistry


CHEM 113 General Chemistry Laboratory


Corequisite:CHEM 112

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Acquaintance with Chemical Equipment and Safety Rules in the Laboratory. Introduction to rigorous experimental methods, record keeping, and report writing. Observations of chemical principles in action, description of observations, drawing conclusions, identification of unknown, calculations according to experimental data. Development of students' skills in various laboratory techniques. Learning to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyse and interpret data: Preparing the Solutions; Acidity of Solutions; Factors affecting the Solubility; Solubility Rules and Precipitation; Reactions in Aqueous Solution; Volumetric Analysis; Chemical Kinetics; Chemical Equilibrium.


CHBE 203 Organic Chemistry


Prerequisite:CHEM 111 or CHEM 101

Credit (2 + 0 + 2) 3


Introduction to organic chemistry for chemical engineers. Properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes. Isomerism, resonance, functional groups, aromatic compounds, types of organic reactions. Laboratory work: basic separation techniques, identification and purification of organic compounds and application of these to simple organic reactions. Synthesis of various organic compounds.


CHBE 211 Physical Chemistry I


Prerequisite:CHBE 112

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Ideal and non-ideal gases, equations of state. Principle of corresponding states, generalized compressibility charts. First law of thermodynamics. Thermochemistry, standard enthalpies of change. Second and third laws of thermodynamics, Gibbs and Helmholtz free energies. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances. Chemical potential and fugacity. Solutions, colligative properties. Ideal and non-ideal solutions, activities. Phase diagrams for single and two-component systems. Chemical equilibrium.


CHBE 215 Material and Energy Balances


Prerequisite:CHBE 102

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Review on the general balance equation and its application to material and energy balance calculations for open systems at steady state. Material balances on multi-unit processes involving bypass, recycle and purge; reactive processes with emphasis on combustion. Evaluation of specific enthalpies and heats of reaction using heat capacity and standard enthalpy of formation data. Energy balances on reactive and nonreactive processes. Problems requiring simultaeous solution of material and energy balances using software packages. Introduction to degree of freedom analysis and computer aided flowsheet calculations using a computer simulation software.


CHBE 204 Bioorganic Chemistry


Prerequisite:CHBE 203

Credit (2 + 0 + 2) 3


Chemicals of life,carbohydrates, classification, properties and chemical reactions; lipids, general characteristics, fatty acids, fats and oils, waxes, glycerophospholipids, sphingolipids, steroids, cell membranes; aminoacids , electrophoresis, peptides and proteins, protein structure, denaturation; nucleic acids ,nucleosides and nucleotides, DNA and RNA. DNA replication. types of RNA .


CHBE 213 Physical Chemistry Laboratory


Prerequisite:CHBE 113, Corequisite: CHBE 211

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Selected experiments to illuminate the fundamental aspects of physical chemistry such as thermodynamics of solutions, transport properties and chemical kinetics, phase equilibria, colligative properties, conductivity in solution and for gases.


CHBE 214 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


The laws of thermodynamics, equations of state and formulation of thermodynamic properties of chemical systems. Discussion of  heat engines, Carnot cycle,  Rankine cycle, Rankine  cycle with regeneration, internal combustion engine and Diesel engine. Solution thermodynamics, ideal and real mixtures, multi-component phase equilibria, chemical reaction equilibria.


CHBE 232 Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering I: Fluid Mechanics


Prerequisite:MATH 241

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Dimensional analysis with applications, fluid statics and its applications, integral and differential mass, energy and momentum balances, laminar and turbulent flow of Newtonian and non-newtonian fluids, flow measurements, design equations.


CHBE 301 Experimental Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering I


Prerequisite:CHBE 213, CHBE 232

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Principles of safety regulations, introduction to unit operations & unit processes, tools used in experimental analysis, series of laboratory & computational experiments.


CHBE 331 Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering II: Heat Transfer


Prerequisite:CHBE 232

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


General Heat transfer by conduction. Heat transfer by convection in single phase systems and in systems with phase change. Radiation heat transfer. Analytical, numerical and graphical techniques. Heat exchange equipment and networks.


CHBE 361 Materials in Chemical and Biological Applications


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Classification of materials and properties. Atomic structure and interatomic bonding, the structure of crystalline solids, ceramics, bioceramics, bioglass and glass ceramics, polymers. Hidrojels, advanced materials used for biological applications, composites. Materials selection and design considerations. Economic, environmental and societal issues in materials science and engineering.


CHBE 302 Experimental Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering II


Prerequisite:CHBE 301, CHBE 331

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Continuation of CHBE 301 with additional experiments related to heat and mass transfer, reaction kinetics and biotechnology


CHBE 333 Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering III: Mass Transfer


Prerequisite:CHBE 214, CHBE 215

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Overview of the equation of change and its application for mass transfer with emphasis on steady-state and unsteady-state molecular diffusion, convective mass transfer. Modeling of single-phase and interphasial mass transfer. Introduction to separation processes with mass transfer emphasis: continuous and stagewise contacting of immiscible and partially miscible phases: gas absorption, desorption and liquid-liquid extraction, distillation of binary mixtures. Selected applications of evaporation, crystallization, drying, filtration and membrane sepatations.


CHBE 362 Reactor Design


Prerequisite:CHBE 213

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Kinetics of homogeneous reactions, analysis of simple and complex rate equations; correlation of rate data, global rates, isothermal and non-isothermal operation of homogeneous reactors: ideal batch, plug-flow and stirred-tank reactors; multiple reactor systems, deviations from ideal performance, design of ideal reactors for multiple reactions.


CHBE 386 Mathematical Modeling in ChBE


Prerequisite:CHBE 331, Corequisite:CHBE 362

Credit (2 + 2 + 0) 3


Mathematical models for chemical engineering processes will be developed by using the fundamental laws: conservation of mass, energy and momentum. The steady/unsteady-state lumped models will be constructed and solved. The numerical techniques in solving linear/nonlinear univariate/multivariate algebraic/differential equations, such as Gaussian Elimination, Newton-Raphson, bisection and Euler methods will be discussed. An introduction to the computer package MATLAB will be made, and MATLAB will be used extensively in the numerical analysis of the resulting equations.


CHBE 401 Experimental Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering III


Prerequisite:CHBE 302, CHBE 333, CHBE 362

Credit (1 + 0 + 2) 2


Continuation of CHBE 302 including design & analysis of independent laboratory projects & presentations.


CHBE 441 Process Dynamics and Control


Prerequisite:CHBE 386

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Introduction to the basic principles of process analysis, modeling and control techniques in chemical engineering, classification of transport phenomena and population balance models, subsystem analysis and distributed parameter systems, numerical examples on tank systems, vapor-liquid equilibria, reaction kinetics, fluid flow and stagewise operations, solution of these examples by microcomputer techniques will be emphasized


CHBE 463 Design of Chemical & Biological Processing Units I


Prerequisite:CHBE 331, CHBE 333, CHBE 362

Credit (3 + 2 + 0) 4


Basic engineering concepts and accepted procedures as applied to the design of main process units and auxiliary equipment. Utilisation of principles of fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfers in the investigation and/or design of process equipment.


CHBE 464 Design of Chemical & Biological Processing Units II


Prerequisite:CHBE 463

Credit (2 + 2 + 0) 3


Study of fundamental concepts in chemical plant design, organization of chemicals manufacturing plants and the economic considerations associated with the investment, feasibility and operation of such plants, mathematical model formulation of chemical and physical processes and design of such plants with considerations of space and technology as well as social and ethical factors.


CHBE 492 Engineering Project


Prerequisite:None

Credit (1 + 0 + 4) 3


Investigation and report on a special project under surveillance of a faculty advisor


CHBE 351 Inorganic Technologies


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


A general knowledge concerning the technological processes applied to inorganic industries. Introduction to history and actual aspects of the inorganics technologies. Sulphuric acid manufacture. Soda ash manufacture. Caustic soda manufacture. Secondary products of soda industry; Industrial gases. Fertilizers. Cement and silicate industries. Salt and miscellaneous sodium compounds. Chlor-alkaline industries. Some other inorganic technologies


CHBE 352 Organic Technologies


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Carbonization of coal and coal chemicals. Petroleum and its products. Petrochemicals. Soap and detergents. Sugar industries. Paper industries. Dyes and dyestuffs. Oils, fats and waxes. Fragrances. Flavors and food additives. Rubber industry. Pharmaceutical industry.


CHBE 354 Separation Processes


Prerequisite:CHBE 333

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Rate and equilibrium-based separations. Generalized and specific rigorous multi-component steady-state and dynamic models of separation operations. Comparison of rigorous and short-cut methods. Computational methods with emphasis on multi-stage/multi-component separation: system models. Heuristic and MINLP approaches to separation systems. Heat integration in separation systems.


CHBE 355 Fuel Technology


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Classification and occurrence of fuels. Structure, chemistry, processing, utilization, environmental aspects, and conversion of hydrocarbon resources: petroleum, natural gas, coal, oil shale, and heavy oil. Coal processing: coal gasification and liquefaction, and petroleum refining from the point of thermodynamics, kinetics, reactor design and product identification. Lignites among different types of coal. Design of coal gasification and liquefaction processes, and petroleum refineries.


CHBE 356 Technology of Food Preservation


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Microbiological and biochemical considerations in food preservation. Discussion of various food preservation methods in detail and sample calculations. Packaging and storage applications of fresh and processed foods.


CHBE 357 Process Safety and Risk Analysis


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Intended for anyone interested in understanding, mitigating, or eliminating the risks associated with handling chemicals. Various methods are discussed to determine exposure, radiation, and environment risk assessments. The course also covers methods to control processes with flammable materials or potential runaway reactions


CHBE 365 Nuclear Science


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Basic nuclear physics, nuclear decay and radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear chemistry, radiation measurement techniques, health physics and safety, radioactive tracers and their applications, radionucleide uptake and imaging.


CHBE 371 Environmental Microbiology


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Foundation in environmental microbiology and its application to pollution control systems, introduction to the principles of microbiology, overview of microbial classification and the applications of environmental microbiology, aspects of microbial ecology and population dynamics. Microbial characteristics of the terrestrial and aquatic environment, application of microbial processes in waste-water treatment and potable drinking water supplies, biodegradation of organic pollutants, bioremediation of oil spillages and other recalcitrant compounds.


CHBE 372 Molecular Bioinformatics


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Basic concepts of molecular biology, proteins, RNA, DNA, mechanisms of molecular genetics, genomics and proteomics, sequence databases, strings, graphs and algorithms, sequence comparison and database search, alignments and phylogenetic trees, molecular structure prediction, sequence visualization, pattern matching, computing with DNA.


CHBE 373 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Introduction to biochemical engineering, enzyme and microbial growth and chemical kinetics with emphasis on the application of chemical engineering principles to the design and operation of industrial microbial processes. Design and operation of fermentation processes, microbial and enzyme kinetics, multiple substrate and multiple species of fermentation, regulation of enzyme activity, energetics of cellular growth, immobilized enzyme and cell reactors, and transport phenomena in microbial systems and downstream processing.


CHBE 374 Introductory Biostatistics for Molecular Biology


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Statistical analysis of biological data covering measurement scales, random sampling, data quality, data storage descriptive and exploratory techniques, Problem-oriented probability distributions, moments, estimation, parametric and nonparametric inference for one-sample and two-sample problems, analysis of frequency data, linear regression, correlation analysis, estimation and hypothesis testing.


CHBE 381 Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Introduction to basic principles of polymer chemistry and engineering, the chemical structure and use of a variety of industrial polymers, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, techniques for molecular and morphological characterization, polymer processing. A variety of engineering properties, engineering applications


CHBE 415 Instrumental Methods of Analysis


Prerequisite:CHBE 203

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


The theory and practice of modern analytical instrumentation, principles of instrumental analysis:Atomic Spectroscopy, Molecular Spectroscopy, Chromatographic Separations, Electroanalytical and Miscellaneous Methods; the possibilities and limitations inherent in the various methods and instrumental techniques; the applications, the fundamental relations of chemical species to their physical and chemical properties; the scope, applicability, and the limitations of physical property measurement in respect to qualitative and quantitative analysis.


CHBE 443 Chemical and Bioprocesses


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


A survey of various chemical and bioprocesses as pertinent to the conventional chemical and biochemical industry considering the developments expected in the future. The course aims to give the ability to critically analyze complete chemical and bioprocesses in detail


CHBE 446 Statistical Quality Control for Chemical and Biological Industries


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 1 + 0) 3


Overview of data acquisition techniques in chemical and bioprocess industries. Quality control with measurements and attributes with emphasis on statistical models. Fundamental principles of HACCP plans for chemical and biological plants. Case studies of statistical process control applications in chemical industry.


CHBE 451 Waste Water Treatment


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Characterization of waste-waters, principles and applications of physical, chemical and biological processes for water and waste purification. Design of engineering treatment systems to meet water quality and effluent standards. Topics include aerobic-anaerobic process assessments; defining and ranking pollution prevention options; feasibility analyses including technical and environmental aspects; and life cycle analysis.


CHBE 452 Pollution Control and Prevention


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Pollution control, pollution prevention and control strategies with focus on hazardous substances that are toxic, persistent, and bioaccumulate, insights into some of the major factors that may influence the control of pollution sources. Traditional, and new, chemical separations processes with environmental applications


CHBE 453 Transport Phenomena


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Continuum mechanics, fundamental relationships for fluid mechanics and heat transfer and their applications to engineering problems.


CHBE 454 Advanced Process Control


Prerequisite:CHBE 441

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Development of theoretical and empirical models for chemical and bioprocesses, dynamic behavior of processes, transfer function and block diagram representation, process instrumentation, control system design and analysis, stability analysis, computer simulation of controlled processes. Advanced topics in process control with emphasis on multivariable control, predictive control, process identification, and process monitoring. Laboratory experiments involving process dynamics, feedback and feedforward control, auto-tuning.


CHBE 455 Advanced Kinetics


Prerequisite:CHBE 362

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Review of the theory of reaction kinetics for catalyzed and noncatalyzed systems, detailed consideration to design and performance of catalysts and chemical reactors. Mathematical studies of stability and optimization are emphasized in relationship to mass, energy, and momentum transport.


CHBE 456 Heterogeneous Catalysis


Prerequisite:CHBE 362

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Physical and chemical properties of heterogenous catalytic systems. Metal catalysis, metal-support interactions. Measurement of catalytic properties. Criteria and methodologies involved in the selection, development and preparation of solid catalysts. Kinetics of fluid-solid catalytic reactions. Interphase and intraparticle transport processes in heterogeneous systems. Global rates. Catalyst poisoning. Statistical estimation of kinetic parameters. Stability of chemical reactors. Practical examples tracing the steps in process synthesis from catalyst selection up to its use in the industrial unit.


CHBE 457 Phase Equilibria


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


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.


CHBE 458 Process Optimization


Prerequisite:CHBE 386

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Fundamentals of analytical optimization. Survey of one dimensional linear-search methods, and multi-dimensional unconstrained and constrained numerical optimization algorithms. Applications of linear programming, nonlinear programming, mixed integer linear/ nonlinear programming, and parameter estimation in chemical engineering. Feasible-path and infeasible-path techniques for chemical process flowsheet optimization.


CHBE 465 Polymer Processing Principles


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Categories of polymeric materials. Morphology and structuring of polymers; surface properties. Analysis of polymer processing operations such as injection molding, extrusion, calendaring, coating, fiber spinning, tubular film blowing and mixing. Computer modeling and design of polymer processing machinery.


CHBE 466 Ceramic Engineering


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Relating the structure and bonding in ceramic materials to their mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, and thermal properties; processing, shape-forming, densification and machining of ceramic; design considerations.


CHBE 467 Composite Materials


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


A study of structural advantages of composite Materials over conventional Materials, considering high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios. Fiber reinforced, laminated and particulate Materials are analyzed. Response of composite structures to static and dynamic loads, thermal and environmental effects, and failure criteria are studied.


CHBE 468 Surface Chemistry in NanoScience


Prerequisite:CHBE 211

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Fundamentals of colloid and surface chemistry and interfacial phenomena. Principles of surface tension and contact angle, adsorption onto surfaces and at various interfaces, monolayers, surfactant behaviour, theory of self assembly forces, stability of colloidal systems, microemulsions, micelles and vesicles. Advances in nanomaterials and nanotechnological applications of colloidal systems.


CHBE 471 Experimental Methods in Bioprocess Engineering


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


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.


CHBE 472 Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


An introduction to the phenomena that describe the movement of momentum, chemical contaminants, and energy in environmental and biological engineering systems, including: natural surface waters, soils, groundwaters, air, micro-environments, engineered treatment systems, oil spills.


CHBE 475 Bio-reactors


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Enzymatic reactors. Mechanisms and kinetics. Immobilized systems: Continuous and batch bio-reactor types such as fixed-, expanded-, fluidised-bed reactors, trickling filters, tubular reactors. Microbial changes: classes and uses of microorganisms. Bio-reactors for fungi, bacteria, yeasts, cells, vegetable and animal tissues. Oxygen transfer. Various applications.


CHBE 476 Engineering Applications in Biotechnology


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Description, fundamentals, and engineering features of processes using microbial, plant, or animal cells or their enzymes. Topics include review of biochemistry, review of microbiology, computer simulation, growth, death, aseptic techniques, continuous culture, fermenter design, sterilization, mixed cultures, process scale up, immobilized cells and enzymes, recovery of products, and process economics. Weekly exercises requiring personal computers. Prerequisite: background in chemical engineering or microbiology.


CHBE 477 Advanced Biochemical Engineering


Prerequisite:CHBE 373

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Particular emphasis on the current literature and the applications of computers and graphics. Extensive coverage is given to purification and separation technology, kinetic analysis, design of bioreactors, exploitation of genetic engineering, and bioprocess development. An individual project is required.


CHBE 480 Special Topics in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Special topics of current interest in chemical and bioprocess engineering, chemical and biotechnology.


CHBE 481 Biopolymers


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Introduction to protein structure and conformations. Structural classes of proteins. Protein folding problem. Kinetics of biomolecular changes. Molecular motors and transcription machinery. Mechanism of protein-protein, protein-DNA, protein-inhibitor binding and interactions. Computational methods for simulating biomolecular systems. Methods in protein engineering and design.


CHBE 482 Design and Simulation of Macromolecular Systems


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


Introduction to statistical mechanics of macromolecular systems. Models of different complexities for simulating polymers. On-lattice and off-lattice approaches for design and numerical analysis. Monte Carlo/Metropolis algorithms. Molecular forces dominating the stability and conformational kinetics of polymers. Statistical analysis of simulation trajectories.


CHBE 483 Conformational Statistics and Dynamics of Macromolecules


Prerequisite:None

Credit (3 + 0 + 0) 3


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.