Chemical & Biomolecular

Master of Engineering Courses

The following four core courses are offered by the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering . In addition to the core courses, students may select technical electives approved by the advisor. The only guideline for the selection of electives is that the electives be part of an integrated program of study.


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

ENCH610 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
Advanced application of the general thermodynamic methods to chemical engineering problems. First and second law consequences; estimation and correlation of thermodynamic properties; phase and chemical reaction equilibria.
ENCH620 Methods of Engineering Analysis (3)
Application of selected mathematical techniques to the analysis and solution of engineering problems; included are the applications of matrices, vectors, tensors, differential equations, integral transforms, and probability methods to such problems as unsteady heat transfer, transient phenomena in mass transfer operations, stagewise processes, chemical reactors, process control, and nuclear reactor physics.
ENCH630 Transport Phenomena (3)
Heat, mass and momentum transfer theory from the viewpoint of the basic transport equations. Steady and unsteady state; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layer theory, mechanics of turbulent transport; with specific application to complex chemical engineering situations.
ENCH640 Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics (3)
The theory and application of chemical reaction kinetics to reactor design. Reaction rate theory; homogeneous batch and flow reactors; fundamentals of catalysis; design of heterogeneous flow reactors.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

ENCH647N Bionanotechnology: Physical Principles (3)
Physics at nano/micro scales. Biomolecular building blocks. Simplest biomolecular assembly: protein folding. Nanoscale intermolecular interactions important for biology. Protein-ligand binding. Protein higher-order assembly: filaments, networks. Protein filaments and motility. DNA, RNA and their assembly assisted by proteins. Viral capsid assembly. Lipid assembly into micelles, bilayers. Lipid-protein co-assembly in membranes. Lipid and polymer structures useful in medicine. Targeted delivery of drugs, genes by nano/micro structures. Cellular assembly in the eye, in insect wings. Cellular assembly at surfaces: gecko feet, duck feathers. Cellular assembly in the presence of crystals: biomineralization.
ENCH648M Special Problems in Chemical Engineering; Metabolic Pathway Engineering (3)
The state-of-the-art in metabolic engineering, with a focus on the analysis and engineering of metabolic pathways through (chemical) engineering principles, will be covered. Topics covered include: (1) overview of biochemistry and metabolism; (2) metabolic flux analysis and isotope labeling illustrated with examples from the recent scientific literature; (3) technologies for engineering metabolic pathways; (4) metabolic control analysis and pathway regulation; (5) applications of metabolic engineering to synthesis of biofuels and therapeutics; (6) specialized and related subjects such as protein engineering and synthetic biology.
ENCH648Q Mesoscopic and Nanoscale Thermodynamics (3)
This course will address thermodyamics issues associated with such emerging technologies as bio-membrane and gene engineering, micro-reactor chemistry and microcapsule drug delivery, micro-fluids and porous media, nanoparticles and nanostructures, supercritical extraction and artificial organs. Self-organized criticality, thermodynamics of pattern formation and fractals, finite-size and fluctuation thermodynamics, critical phenomena in soft-matter materials, such as complex fluids, are examples of the topics to be addressed in this course. ENCH 648W: Transport Phenomena in Small and Biological Systems Interdisciplinary course primarily for senior undergraduate and graduate students from engineering or science departments. The course's main goal is to make the students familiar with the fundamental physics and modeling of transport phenomena in small and biological systems, and their current scientific and engineering utilization in microfluidics, nanofluidics and biological systems.
ENCH648K Advanced Batteries and Fuel Cells (3)
This course is for upper level undergraduates and early graduate students interested in the scientific challenges of electrochemical power sources. The lecture will start from the fundamental electrochemistry, and thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode process, with emphasis on electroanalytical techniques and advanced electrochemical power sources including batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors.
ENCH648L Photovoltaics: Solar Energy (3)
The emphasis of the class is on developing a conceptual understanding of the device physics and manufacturing processes of crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic cells, and to develop elementary computational skills necessary to quantify solar cell efficiency. The class material includes detailed, system-level energy balances necessary to understand how solar energy fits into the complete energy generation, conversion, and storage picture. Quantitative comparisons of PV technology to solar chemical conversion processes and biofuels are made.
ENCH648P Special Problems in Chemical Engineering; Molecular Modeling Methods (3)
Statistical mechanics will be introduced to give the fundamental background for atomic to mesoscale molecular modeling. Classical atomic-level simulations methods (Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics) and the procedures to develop intra- and intermolecular potentials will be covered. This course will also discuss the theory and application of coarse-grained molecular simulations, mesoscale simulations and other modern simulation techniques. A broad range of applications will be included throughout the semester, e.g., phase behavior of small molecules, kinetics, and biophysics.
ENCH648T Tissue Engineering (3)
Also listed as BIOE689T. A review of the fundamental principles involved in the design of engineered tissues and organs. Both biological and engineering fundamentals will be considered. Specific tissue systems will be emphasized at the end of the course.
ENCH648X Special Problems in Chemical Engineering; Multi-scale and Multiphase Flows (3)
Multiphase systems for the transport and processing of emulsions (immiscible liquids), slurries (solids in liquids) and gassed liquids exhibit a variety of phenomena that occur on different length and time scales. For instance, the pressure and/or power required to process an emulsion or solid suspension depend on flow behavior on the vessel scale while the size of emulsion drops and the solids distribution depend on phenomena that occur on the particle/drop scale. In this course we examine a variety of topics that can be brought to bear on the analysis of multi-scale and multiphase flows. Fundamentals will be supported by examples from the chemical, petrochemical, food, personal care pharmaceutical and biomedical process industries.
ENCH762 Advanced Biochemical Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: ENCH482. Or permission of ENGR-Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering department; and permission of instructor.
Advanced topics to include use of a digital computer for mathematical modeling of the dynamics of biological systems; separation techniques for heat sensitive biologically active materials; and transport phenomena in biological systems.
ENCH781 Polymer Reaction Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: ENCH640; or permission of instructor.
Advanced topics in polymerization kinetics, reactor design and analysis; addition and step-growth polymerization; homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization; photopolymerization; reactor dynamics; optimal operation and control of industrial polymerization reactors.
ENPM626 Waste to Energy Conversion (3)
Prerequisites: ENME 315 and ENME 321.
Thermal, chemical, and biological processes for conversion of wastes (primarily solid and liquid) to reduce environmental impact and increase recovery of useful energy resources. Emphasis on solid wastes and their composition. Identification of pollution products and their control.
ENPM627 Environmental Risk Analysis (3)
The fundamental methodology for analyzing environmental risk is described with examples for selected applications. Key elements of the environmental risk methodology include: (1) source term and release characterization, (2) migration of contaminants in various media, (3) exposure assessment, (4) dose-response evaluation, (5) risk characterization, and (6) risk management. Also included will be an introduction to uncertainty analysis and environmental laws and regulations. It is intended to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to manage, evaluate, or perform environmental risk assessments and risk analyses.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

ENPM653 Environmental Law for Engineers and Scientists (3)
Provide engineers and scientists with a general understanding of the U.S. legal system and key aspects of environmental law. Many engineers and scientists today find that environmental regulatory issues are components of their professional work. This course will familiarize them with the major federal environmental statutes and regulations and some of the compliance issues they may face. The topics of engineers and scientists serving as expert witnesses in lawsuits, preparation of environmental and expert reports, and how technical information is used in the courtroom will also be discussed.

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