Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE): 192.5 quarter credits

About the Program

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's chemical engineering curriculum is structured so that students progress through sequences in the fundamental physical sciences, humanities, engineering sciences, and engineering design.

Chemical engineers are concerned primarily with process engineering, the conversion of raw materials into valuable products. The products can include pharmaceuticals, specialized plastics, petrochemicals, materials for biomedical applications, and energy. The processes, which usually start out at a small laboratory scale, must be developed for production at a large chemical plant scale. The large change in scale requires careful engineering to minimize environmental contamination and to ensure public safety.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is responsible for equipping our graduates with the broad technical knowledge and teamwork skills required for them to make substantial contributions to society.

Sample Senior Design Projects

A special feature of the major is senior design. A student — or group of students — works with a faculty advisor to develop a significant design project. Some recent examples include:

  • Design of a process to make petrochemical intermediates
  • Plastics recycling design
  • Process design for antibiotic products

Program Educational Objectives

The chemical engineering major has four goals for its students:

  • Our graduates will succeed in careers requiring strong skills in engineering, science, communication, and teamwork.
  • Our graduates will continue to upgrade their technological skills through life-long learning involving self- or group-study.
  • Our graduates will conduct their work with an understanding of its global impact and ethical consequences.
  • Our graduates will contribute to research and development at the forefront of chemical engineering and related fields.

To help students reach these goals, the curriculum is structured so that they progress through sequences in the fundamental physical sciences, humanities, engineering sciences, and design. 

The department’s student outcomes reflect the skills and abilities that the curriculum is designed to provide to students by the time they graduate. These are:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g) an ability to communicate effectively;

h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;

k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.

Additional Information

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

For more information about this program, visit Drexel University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering web page.

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience2.0
General Education Requirements *15.0
Free Electives3.0
Foundation Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CS 121Computation Laboratory I1.0
CS 122Computation Laboratory II1.0
CS 123Computation Laboratory III1.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
Sophomore Engineering Elective Options
Select one of the following:3.0
Principles of Cell Biology
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Science and Society
Discrete Mathematics
Fundamentals of Physics IV
Professional Requirements
CHE 201Process Material Balances3.0
CHE 202Process Energy Balances3.0
CHE 206Basic Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3.0
CHE 301Process Thermodynamics3.0
CHE 302Process Fluid Mechanics4.0
CHE 303Process Heat Transfer3.0
CHE 304Process Mass Transfer4.0
CHE 305Process Separations4.0
CHE 307Process Modeling I4.0
CHE 308Process Modeling II4.0
CHE 332 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory2.0
CHE 333 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory II2.0
CHE 334 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory III2.0
CHE 335Statistics and Design of Experiments3.0
CHE 420Process Systems Engineering3.0
CHE 424Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design4.0
CHE 481Process Design I3.0
CHE 482 [WI] Process Design II3.0
CHE 483 [WI] Process Design III3.0
CHEC 352Physical Chemistry and Applications II4.0
CHEC 353Physical Chemistry and Applications III4.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 356Physical Chemistry Laboratory2.0
Concentration Electives14.0
Total Credits192.5

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General Education Requirements.

Graduate-Level Electives

CHE 502Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering3.0
CHE 513Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3.0
CHE 525Transport Phenomena I3.0
CHE 543Kinetics & Catalysis I3.0
CHE 554Process Systems Engineering3.0
CHE 562Bioreactor Engineering3.0
CHE 564Unit Operations in Bioprocess Systems3.0
CHE 614Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study 

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
CS 121Computation Laboratory I1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CS 122Computation Laboratory II1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CS 123Computation Laboratory III1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Term 4
CHE 201Process Material Balances3.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
CHE 202Process Energy Balances3.0
CHE 206Basic Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
Sophomore Engineering Elective*3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
CHE 301Process Thermodynamics3.0
CHE 307Process Modeling I4.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 356Physical Chemistry Laboratory2.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
CHE 302Process Fluid Mechanics4.0
CHE 332 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory2.0
CHE 335Statistics and Design of Experiments3.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
CHE 303Process Heat Transfer3.0
CHE 305Process Separations4.0
CHE 333 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory II2.0
CHEC 352Physical Chemistry and Applications II4.0
General Education Elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
CHE 304Process Mass Transfer4.0
CHE 334 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory III2.0
CHE 308Process Modeling II4.0
CHEC 353Physical Chemistry and Applications III4.0
General Education Elective*3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
CHE 420Process Systems Engineering3.0
CHE 424Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design4.0
CHE 481Process Design I3.0
General Education Elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
CHE 482 [WI] Process Design II3.0
Free Elective 3.0
CHE Concentration Electives 7.0
General Education Elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
CHE 483 [WI] Process Design III3.0
CHE Concentration Electives 7.0
General Education Elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 192.5

 

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 See degree requirements.

 


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Chemical engineers tend to work for large corporations with such job assignments as process engineering, design engineering, plant operation, research and development, sales, and management. They also work for federal and state government agencies on projects related to environmental problems, defense, energy, and health-related research.

Some major employers of Drexel’s chemical engineering graduates are DuPont, Merck, BASF, ExxonMobil, Rohm & Haas, and Air Products. A number of graduates go on to pursue master’s and/or doctoral degrees. Graduate schools that Drexel’s chemical engineers have attended include the University of California at Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.

Co-Op Experiences

Drexel is located in downtown Philadelphia with easy access to major pharmaceutical, chemical, and petroleum companies. When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Research assistant, chemicals manufacturer: “Conducted research in a developmental polyamide process. Aspects included scale-up from bench-scale to batch demonstration, installation and calibration of on-line composition sensors, off-line analytical techniques to assess product quality, and interfacing with plant sites to define and standardize a critical quality lab procedure. Documented results in technical memos and in a plant presentation . . .I had a lot of freedom and responsibility. It was great interacting with other researchers and technicians. Everyone was so helpful. ”

Co-op engineer, chemicals manufacturer: “Created material safety data sheets, which involved chemical composition, hazard communication, occupational safety and health, emergency response, and regulatory issues for numerous products and wastes. Handled domestic and international regulatory reviews. Determined hazardous waste reporting requirements, handling and disposal procedures. Evaluated toxicological and ecological data for assessment of hazard ratings. Provided input on product safety technical reports. ”

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering occupies the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Center for Automation Technology. Approximately 35,000 square feet (gross) are available for the department. 

Two thousand square feet of laboratory facilities are designated for the pre-junior and junior year laboratory courses.  Experiments in these laboratory courses (CHE 332 [WI] , CHE 333 [WI] , CHE 334 [WI] ) focus on applying concepts in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, separations, and reaction engineering.  Laboratory courses are run with class sizes of 18 or less.

The department also has two computer laboratories. The senior design laboratory features nine booths designed for team projects. Each booth contains a work station loaded with the latest process simulation software produced by Aspen, Simulation Sciences, and HYSYS. Seniors use the room heavily during their capstone design experience (CHE 481, CHE 482 [WI] , CHE 483 [WI] ), although pre-junior courses in separations and transport also include projects requiring use of the process simulation software. A second computer lab contains over 30 individual work stations with general and engineering-specific software.

Many undergraduate students participate in research projects in faculty laboratories as part of independent study coursework or BS/MS thesis work. Chemical engineering faculty are engaged in a wide range of research activities in areas including energy and the environment, polymer science and engineering, biological engineering, and multiscale modeling and process systems engineering. Further details can be found at http://www.chemeng.drexel.edu/research.

Dual/Accelerated Degree

Accelerated Program

The Accelerated Program of the College of Engineering provides opportunities for highly-talented and strongly-motivated students to progress toward their educational goals essentially at their own pace. Through advanced placement, credit by examination, flexibility of scheduling, and independent study, the program makes it possible to complete the undergraduate curriculum and initiate graduate study in less than the five years required by the standard curriculum.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

Drexel offers a combined MS/BS degree program for our top engineering students who want to obtain both degrees in the same time period as most students obtain a Bachelor's degree. In chemical engineering, the course sequence for MS/BS students involves additional graduate courses and electives.

Courses

CHE 201 Process Material Balances 3.0 Credits

Covers elementary principles of chemical engineering, use of stoichiometry and material balances to analyze chemical processing operations, and application to specific commercial processes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: TDEC 121 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 162 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 202 Process Energy Balances 3.0 Credits

Covers use of first law to analyze chemical processing operations, energy balances for non-reactive and reactive processes, chemical reaction equilibria, and application to specific commercial processes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 201 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: CHE 206

CHE 206 Basic Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3.0 Credits

First and second laws of thermodynamics, use of state functions to solve macroscopic problems, distinction between solving ideal gas and real fluid problems. An introduction to phase equilibrium and mixtures. Concepts of fugacity and activity as measures of nonideality.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHE.
Prerequisites: CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and MATH 200 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: CHE 202

CHE 250 Chemical Engineering Process Principles 3.0 Credits

Applies heuristics to the art process synthesis and analysis. Identify key parameters in reaction and separation in processes. Examine common and divergent elements of major chemical processes.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHE 201 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: CHE 202

CHE 301 Process Thermodynamics 3.0 Credits

Covers mixture thermodynamics, multi-component, multi-phase equilibrium calculations, and chemical equilibrium calculations for real fluids.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D] or CHE 206 [Min Grade: D]) and CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 302 Process Fluid Mechanics 4.0 Credits

Within the context of processes previously introduced, introduces fluid flow of gases, liquids, and particulates; momentum transport; skin friction; drag; piping networks; filtration; and fluidization.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: TDEC 221 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 210 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 262 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 232 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 303 Process Heat Transfer 3.0 Credits

Covers, within the context of processes previously introduced, transfer of energy by conduction, convection, and radiation; continuation of transport phenomena; design of heat exchangers; and applications in industry and in nature.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 302 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 304 Process Mass Transfer 4.0 Credits

Covers, within the context of processes previously introduced, mass transfer in mixtures; diffusion, convection, and continuation of transport phenomena; component separation in continuous contractors; gas absorption; liquid-liquid extraction; and simultaneous heat and mass transfer.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 303 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 305 Process Separations 4.0 Credits

Covers, within the context of processes previously introduced, the application of thermodynamics and equilibrium stage concepts to the unit operations involved in chemical processing.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 301 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 307 Process Modeling I 4.0 Credits

Models simple chemical and biochemical processes such as heating, cooling, and separation systems. Covers analytical and numerical methods for solving algebraic and ordinary differential equations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 308 Process Modeling II 4.0 Credits

Covers mathematical modeling of chemical and biochemical processes such as chemical and biochemical reactors and heating and cooling systems, analytical methods for solving algebraic and ordinary-differential equations.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHE 305 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 307 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: CHE 304

CHE 310 Transport Phenomena 4.0 Credits

Non-chemical engineering students only. Examines mass, momentum, and energy transport in processes applied to electrical and materials engineering.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if major is CHE or classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: TDEC 202 [Min Grade: D] or MEM 210 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 210 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 311 Fluid Flow and Transport 3.0 Credits

Non-chemical engineering students only. Examines fluid flow and heat and mass transfer in processes associated with civil, environmental, and materials engineering disciplines.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if major is CHE or classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: TDEC 202 [Min Grade: D] or MEM 210 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 332 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2.0 Credits

Requires students to perform experiments illustrating the fundamentals of chemical engineering process analysis. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 302 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)CHE 301 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 333 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2.0 Credits

Offers laboratory experiments illustrating the fundamentals of chemical engineering process analysis. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 303 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CHE 334 [WI] Chemical Engineering Laboratory III 2.0 Credits

Offers laboratory experiments illustrating the fundamentals of chemical engineering process analysis. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 304 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)CHE 303 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 335 Statistics and Design of Experiments 3.0 Credits

Provides statistical treatment of engineering data, including application of statistical techniques to process model formulation, statistical designs of engineering experiments, and analysis of probabilistic systems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MATH 210 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 262 [Min Grade: D] or ENGR 232 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 360 BioProcess Principles 3.0 Credits

This course is concerned with manufacturing processes involving biological substances. Students gain detailed knowledge in the design and operation of bioreactors and learn about biomolecules produces therein. Specific topics covered include: Cells (type, organization, function and growth); Protein and Enzymes; Bioreactor Process Principles (active vs. passive immobilization, fermentation and scale-up, recovery and purification); Special consideration for animal and plant cell cultures.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHE 250 [Min Grade: D] and BIO 214 [Min Grade: D] and BIO 215 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 399 Special Problems in Chemical Engineering 1.0-12.0 Credit

Covers individual research problems of a non-routine nature. Requires report.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CHE 400 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering 3.0 Credits

Special courses offered in response to particular student and/or faculty interest.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CHE 420 Process Systems Engineering 3.0 Credits

Covers the application of automatic control theory to chemical processes within the context of processes previously introduced.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 303 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 424 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design 4.0 Credits

Covers isothermal and non-isothermal reactor design, series and parallel reactions, and heterogeneous catalysis.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: CHE 304 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 201 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 202 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 430 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to sustainability in an engineering context. Sustainable engineering encompasses the relationships between technology, society, the environment, and economic prosperity. A variety of systematic approaches will be used for multivariable design and analysis of the sustainability of engineering systems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

CHE 431 Fundamentals of Solar Cells 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the fundamentals of solar cells. It will cover semiconductor materials, basic semiconductor physics, optical and electronic phenomena, and case studies of crystalline silicon, thin film, and nanostructured photovoltaics.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MATH 200 [Min Grade: D] and CHEM 102 [Min Grade: D] and PHYS 201 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 450 Chemical Process Industries 3.0 Credits

Chemical engineering juniors and seniors. Combines process heuristics and design strategies with case studies of the industrial manufacture of a variety of materials, including petrochemicals, polymers, and ammonia. Discusses operational and design problems as well as the interactions of process principles.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore

CHE 451 Safety Engineering 3.0 Credits

Covers selected topics such as safeguarding systems, fault trees, risk analysis, explosions, fires, and building safety.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: CHE 482 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 452 Polymer Process Technology 3.0 Credits

Covers chemistry of chain and stepwise polymerization, industrial reactor systems, polymer melt rheology, processing of thermoplastic resins, and plastics properties.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

CHE 460 Biochemical Engineering 3.0 Credits

Introduces underlying biological and engineering principles in an integrate fashion for biopharmaceutical production systems.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is BME or major is CHE and classification is Junior or Senior.

CHE 461 Principles of Colloid Science 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on fundamental principles of colloid science from a biological perspective. It will cover surface active agents, thermodynamics of self-assembly of surfactants, surface chemistry and physics of monolayers and bilayers, microstructures and phase behavior, specific biological colloids (micelles, liposomes, and lipoproteins), and colloidal stability.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 [Min Grade: C] or BIO 122 [Min Grade: C]

CHE 481 Process Design I 3.0 Credits

Within the context of previously introduced processes, covers economic feasibility of projects and optimization of equipment and production in the design of process plants.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CHE and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: CHE 304 [Min Grade: D] and CHE 308 [Min Grade: D]
Corequisite: CHE 424

CHE 482 [WI] Process Design II 3.0 Credits

Within the context of previously introduced processes, covers execution of feasibility study and preliminary design of process plants. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: CHE 481 [Min Grade: D]

CHE 483 [WI] Process Design III 3.0 Credits

Within the context of previously introduced processes, covers completion of feasibility study and preliminary design of process plants. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Engineering
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: CHE 482 [Min Grade: D]

Chemical and Biological Engineering Faculty

Cameron F. Abrams, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Professor. Molecular simulations in biophysics and materials; receptors for insulin and growth factors; and HIV-1 envelope structure and function.
Nicholas J. Alvarez, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Professor. Photonic Crystal Defect Chromatography; Extensional rheology of polymer/polymer composites; Surfactant/polymer transport to fluid and solid interfaces; Aqueous lubrication; Interfacial Instabilities.
Jason B. Baxter, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara). Associate Professor. Solar cells, semiconductor nanomaterials, ultrafast spectroscopy.
Richard A. Cairncross, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Effects of microstructure on transport and properties of polymers; moisture transport and degradation on biodegradation on biodegradable polymers; production of biofuel.
Nily R. Dan, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Design of synthetic gene and drug carriers; design of polymeric drug carriers; metal cluster formation in polymeric matrices; colloidal absorption in patterned surfaces.
Aaron T. Fafarman, PhD (Stanford University). Assistant Professor. Colloidal nanocrystals; solution-processed solar cells; electrical and spectroscopic characterization of nanomaterials.
Vibha Kalra, PhD (Cornell University). Assistant Professor. Electrodes for Energy Storage and Conversion; Supercapacitors, Li-S Batteries, Fuel Cells, Flow Batteries; Electrospinning of Nanofibers; Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Kenneth K.S. Lau, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Surface science; nanotechnology; polymer thin films and coatings; chemical vapor deposition.
Raj Mutharasan, PhD (Drexel University) Frank A. Fletcher Professor. Biochemical engineering; cellular metabolism in bioreactors; biosensors.
Giuseppe R. Palmese, PhD (University of Delaware) Department Head, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Professor. Reacting polymer systems; nanostructured polymers; radiation processing of materials; composites and interfaces.
George F. Rowell, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Undergraduate Laboratory Supervisor. Associate Teaching Professor. Undergraduate laboratory supervising.
Joshua D. Snyder, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Electrocatalysis (Energy Conversion/Storage) Heterogeneous Catalysis; Corrosion (Dealloying, Nanoporous Metals); Interfacial Electrochemical Phenomena in Nanostructured Materials; Colloidal Synthesis
Masoud Soroush, PhD (University of Michigan). Professor. Modeling, control and optimization of solar cell, fuel cell and power storage systems Probabilistic risk assessment and mitigation; Polymerization reaction engineering; Process systems engineering; Polymer membranes; Multiscale mathematical modeling
John H. Speidel, BSHE, MCHE (University of Delaware; Illinois Institute of Technology). Teaching Professor.
Maureen H. Tang, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Electrochemistry (batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers); Catalysis and surface science.
Stephen P. Wrenn, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. Biomedical engineering; biological colloids; membrane phase behavior and cholesterol transport.

Emeritus Faculty

Charles B. Weinberger, PhD (University of Michigan). Professor Emeritus. Suspension rheology; fluid mechanics of multi-phase systems.
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