Courses

CBE 111/111L Introduction to Chemical Process Modeling/Lab
Credits: (1-1) 2
The primary objectives of this course are: introduction to mathematical modeling of physical and chemical systems; verification of mathematical models by experiment; introduction to engineering software like Excel; development and interpretation of engineering drawings, process flow diagrams (PFD's), and piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID's); use of a drawing program, such as Visiotec; and introduction to the process simulator AspenPlus; oral and written communication of technical content to technical and non-technical audiences; and a focus on professional and academic paths in chemical engineering and related fields.
Pre or Corequisites: CHEM 112

CBE 117L Programming for Chemical and Biological Engineering
Credits: (0-1) 1
An introduction to chemical engineering through the development of computational and laboratory skills. The extended use of spreadsheets, programming, and computational software packages will be covered. Elementary numerical methods will be utilized in process modeling and laboratory experiments. Students will participate in hands-on programming exercises in a computer laboratory, or in a lab, using a tablet-pc.
Pre or Corequisites: MATH 123

CBE 200 Undergraduate Research
Credits: 1 to 3
Directed research or study of a selected problem culminating in an acceptable written report.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and freshman or sophomore standing.

CBE 217 Chemical Engineering Material Balances
Credits: (3-0) 3
The first course on the theory and practice of chemical engineering with emphasis on material and energy balances.
Pre or Corequisites: CHEM 114 and MATH 123 or permission of instructor.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ENVE 217.

CBE 218 Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Credits: (3-0) 3
The second course on the theory and practice of chemical engineering with emphasis on momentum transfer.
Prerequisites: CBE 217, MATH 125 or permission of instructor.

CBE 222 Chemical Engineering Process Thermodynamics
Credits: (3-0) 3
A study of the principles and applications of thermodynamics with emphasis on the first law, the energy balance.
Prerequisites: CBE 217 and MATH 125 or permission of instructor.

CBE 250 Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
Credits: (2-0) 2
The application of digital computer techniques to the solution of chemical engineering problems.
Pre or Corequisites: MATH 321, CBE 117L or equivalent.

CBE 317 Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer
Credits: (3-0) 3
The third course on the theory and practice of chemical engineering with emphasis on heat transfer. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation is studied.
Prerequisites: CBE 217 ; CBE 218, EM 331 or ME 331 ; CBE 250 or CEE 284 and MATH 321 or permission of instructor.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ENVE 317 .

CBE 318 Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer
Credits: (3-0) 3
The fourth course on the theory and practice of chemical engineering with emphasis on molecular diffusion, membranes, convective mass transfer, drying, humidification, and continuous gas-liquid separation processes.
Prerequisites: CBE 317 or ENVE 317 or permission of instructor.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ENVE 318 .

CBE 321 Chemical Engineering Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Credits: (3-0) 3
A continuation of CBE 222 with emphasis on the second and third laws of thermodynamics. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties of fluids, flow processes, phase and chemical equilibria.
Prerequisites: CBE 222 and MATH 225

CBE 333 Process Measurements and Control
Credits: (1-0) 1
A study of the equipment and techniques used in monitoring process measurements and the design of feedback control systems.
Prerequisites: CBE 218 or permission of instructor.

CBE 333L Chemical Engineering Process Control Lab
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments in process measurements, feedback control loops, and industrial data acquisition and control.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 333

CBE 343 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
Credits: (3-0) 3
A study of chemical kinetics and reactor design, including techniques for analyzing kinetic data, choosing reactor operating parameters, economic optimization of homogeneous reactions, and reactor modeling.
Prerequisites: CBE 317 and CBE 321 or permission of instructor.

CBE 361L Chemical Engineering Fluid Laboratory
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments in fluid flow, fluid flow measurements, and design of fluid handling systems.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 218

CBE 362L Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer Laboratory
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments on heat transfer.
Prerequisites: CBE 317

CBE 364 Chemical Process Design, Economics, and Safety
Credits: (0-2) 2
Chemical process design and economics topics may include time value of money, DCFROR/VPV analysis of projects and investment alternatives, after tax analysis, estimation of process operating costs, use of heuristics for equipment sizing, and estimation of process capital and equipment costs. Safety topics may include toxicology and industrial hygiene, source models, properties and prevention of fires and explosions, relief design and sizing, and hazards identification.
Prerequisites: CBE 218 and CBE 222 or permission of instructor.

CBE 417 Chemical Engineering Equilibrium Separations
Credits: (2-0) 2
The fifth course on the theory and practice of chemical engineering with emphasis on equilibrium staged separations.
Prerequisites: CBE 321

CBE 424/524 Molecular Modeling and Simulation
Credits: (3-0) 3
Course covers topics related to computational quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and molecular simulation. Emphasis is placed on the use of existing methods and programs to determine thermodynamic and transport properties as well as reaction kinetic constants and mechanisms. Applications in biological systems, materials, phase equilibrium, and combustion will be discussed. Discussion of the benefits and limitations of computer simulations will accompany each course topic.
Prerequisites: CBE 321 and CHEM 114 or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 524 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 424.

CBE 433 Process Control
Credits: (3-0) 3
Analysis and design of process control systems for industrial processes, including controller tuning and design of multivariable control schemes.
Prerequisites: MATH 321 and senior standing.
Notes: This course is cross listed with MET 433.

CBE 434 Design of Separation Processes
Credits: (1-0) 1
Separation technology and processes are studied with application to current industrial design problems. Topics and design case studies may include: adsorption, biological separations, crystallization, distillation, environmental separations, ion exchange, membrane separations, molecular distillation, pervaporation, solid separations, supercritical extraction, thermal strippings, and others.
Prerequisites: CBE 318

CBE 434L Design of Separation Processes Laboratory
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments in the design of separation processes, including reverse osmosis, crystallization, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, gas permeation, ion exchange, adsorption, and others.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 434

CBE 444/544 Reactor Design
Credits: (3-0) 3
Applications of chemical engineering principles to reactor design. Emphasis includes: non-isothermal reactor modeling, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors, economics and performance optimization, catalysis, and computer simulation.
Prerequisites: CBE 343 and CBE 250
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 544 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 444.

CBE 445/545 Oxidation and Corrosion of Metals
Credits: (3-0) 3
Initially, the thermodynamics of electrochemical processes are covered; use of the Nernst equation and Pourbaix diagram is presented in this material. Fundamentals of electrode kinetics are then discussed with special emphasis on the derivation of the Butler-Volmer equation and application of the Evan's diagram. Following presentation of these fundamental concepts, phenomena observed in corrosion and oxidation such as uniform attack, pitting, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion fatigue are discussed. Finally, selection of materials for site specific applications is covered.
Prerequisites: MET 320 or CBE 222 or ME 211 or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 545 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 445. This course is cross listed with MET 445/545 .

CBE 450/550 Systems Analysis Applied to Chemical Engineering
Credits: 2 to 3
The development of mathematical models for dynamic and steady state chemical engineering systems; simulation of these complex systems using computers and software, such as AspenPlus; estimation of physical and equilibrium properties; and analysis of results.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 417, CBE 433 or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 550 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 450.

CBE 455/555 Pollution Phenomena and Process Design
Credits: (3-0) 3
The study of the industrial sources of and treatment of air, water and land pollutants. The chemical and physical phenomena operating in pollution control equipment and the design of pollution control equipment will be examined. Waste minimization and pollution prevention strategies will be considered.
Prerequisites: CBE 218, CBE 317 and CBE 417 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 555 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 455. This course is cross listed with ENVE 455 and CEE 555.

CBE 461L Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer and Reaction Engineering Laboratory
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments on mass transfer.
Prerequisites: CBE 318, CBE 343 and CBE 417

CBE 463 Process Design for Chemical Engineering

Credits: (0-2) 2
Topics may include conceptualization of chemical processes and evaluation and selection of process alternatives, inherently safer process design, synthesis of BFDs and PFDs, use of process simulators for synthesis and optimization. Students will work in groups on a common process design project, culminating in a Phase II process design (PFD level design) including process description, evaluation of alternatives, economics, and safety.
Prerequisites: CBE 318 and CBE 343
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 417 or permission of instructor.

CBE 465 Advanced Process and Equipment Design
Credits: (0-2) 2
Course topics featuring design of processes and equipment unit operations, such as: filtration, cyclones/hydrocyclones, sedimentation, centrifuges, vacuum system sizing and leakages, particle sizing analysis via sieves, PSA, SEM, TEM, mixers (HT, MT, etc.), dispersion of 2nd phase and droplet sizes, S, L, V dispersions, compressors, removal of liquid, size reduction/enlargement, process piping/equipment, and crushers. Coverage may also include the principles of heat exchange networks, heat integration, and process optimization.
Prerequisites: CBE 317 or permission of instructor.

CBE 466 Capstone Design for Chemical Engineering
Credits: (0-2) 2
Students will work in design teams to complete a semester-long capstone project. The course format is predominantly design project based, featuring weekly meetings with faculty mentors. Projects will be open-ended and may vary from group to group. Projects may involve trouble shooting/optimization/redesign of an existing process. The final design package should include a comprehensive final report with PFDs, P&IDs, equipment specification sheets, and safety/economic analyses.
Prerequisites: CBE 463 or permission of instructor.

CBE 474/574 Polymer Technology
Credits: 2 to 3
A study of the engineering aspects of polymer synthesis and reactor design, polymer testing, polymer characterization, rheology, macro- properties, and fabrication. Students may enroll for 2 or 3credits, depending upon the particular level of course matter that matches their interest. Students taking 2 credits will take two-thirds of the course material. The instructor, in conjunction with the department head, will monitor student credit hours. Course is not repeatable for credit.
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 574 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 474.

CBE 474L/574L Experimental Polymer Technology
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments in polymer synthesis, chemical and mechanical property testing, extrusion, and modeling.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 474/574
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 574L will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 474L.

CBE 475/575 Advances in Processing and Nanoengineering of Polymers
Credits: (2-0) 2
The course will begin with an overview of the basic principles of polymer rheology and structure formation. It will then review recent examples from the scientific literature in which concepts and theories of rheological behavior and structure formation at multiple length scales have been further developed and/or applied to the processing of polymers and composites with advanced functional and multifunctional properties. Special attention will be paid to research related to processing challenges in the formation of polymer nanocomposites, nanofibers and hierarchical composite structures. As part of this course, students will be expected to develop skills in reviewing and critically assessing the scientific literature, and in developing research strategies based on current state of knowledge.
Prerequisites: CHEM 114 and CHEM 114L or MES 604 or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 575 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 475. This course is cross listed with MES 475/575 and NANO 475/575.

CBE 476/576 Organosilicon Polymer Chemistry and Technology
Credits: (1-0) 1
An introduction to the engineering and science aspects of silicone-organic polymer chemistry from an industrial viewpoint. The course covers basic silicone nomenclature, monomer and polymerization reactions, curing, reinforcement, general applications, and hands-on laboratory exercises, which include making things like elastomeric (bouncy) putty and high-bouncing balls. The course is held during a one-week period.
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 576 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 476.

CBE 484/584 Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering
Credits: (3-0) 3
An introduction to the characterization of microorganisms, fermentation pathways, unit processes in fermentation, biochemical kinetics, and batch and continuous fermentation. The basic engineering concepts of fermentation, separation, control, and operations will be discussed.
Prerequisites: CBE 343 and BIOL 331 or BIOL 341
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 584 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 484.

CBE 484L/584L Biochemical Engineering Laboratory
Credits: (0-1) 1
Laboratory experiments in biochemical engineering. May include fermentation, dissolved oxygen mass transfer measurements, bioseparations, and other experiments to correlate with selected lecture topics.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 484/584
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 584L will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 484L.

CBE 485/585 Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Credits: (3-0) 3
This course provides assessment and evaluation of current and potential energy systems; covers resources, conversion, and enduse, and emphasizes sustainable approaches meeting global energy needs in the 21st century. Different renewable and conventional energy technologies will be covered including solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, biofuels, fossil fuels, hydrogen, fuel cells, and discussed within frameworks that aid in evaluation and analysis of energy systems engineering in the context of economics and environmental goals.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 585 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 485.

CBE 485L/585L Renewable and Sustainable Energy Lab
Credits: (0-1) 1
This laboratory course provides hands-on experience with current and future energy systems, energy conversion calculations and efficiency measurements. Specific labs may include photovoltaics, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, thermochemical watersplitting, biofuel production, fuel cells, and hybrid energy systems.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 485/585 or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 585L will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 485L.

CBE 487 Global and Contemporary Issues in Chemical Engineering
Credits: 1-0) 1
A study of contemporary global and societal issues in the field of chemical engineering.
Pre or Corequisites: CBE 465

CBE 488/588 Applied Design of Experiments for the Chemical Industry
Credits: (2-0) 2
An introduction to the engineering concepts of statistics and design of experiments as applied to chemical and biological engineering problems. Includes setup and experiments for product development or for process trials. Includes critical analysis of results of an experimental design project. The course is held during a time period that will accommodate class members and industrial speakers.
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in CBE 588 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 488.

CBE 489/589 Composites Manufacturing
Credits: (1-0) 1
A background in the concepts of polymers and polymerization as well as an overview of composites concepts, constituent materials, and manufacturing processes provide the groundwork in the first half of the course. A more detailed study of the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer molding (VARTM) processing builds upon this groundwork, including topics such as process materials and parameters, mold design and manufacture, and product design considerations. The course concludes with postprocessing topics. In conjunction with the concepts lecture, students spend time in the lab constructing and using a simple mold which will illustrate some of the challenges of molding and finishing a composite product.
Notes: This course is cross listed with MET 489/589. Students enrolled in CBE 589 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in CBE 489.

CBE 491 Independent Study
Credits: 1 to 3
Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems, and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

CBE 492 Topics
Credits: 1 to 3
Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors.
Notes: A maximum of 6 credits of special topics will be allowed for degree credit.

CBE 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship
Credits: Credit to be arranged.
Includes senior project and capstone experience. Independent research problems/projects or scholarship activities. The plan of study is negotiated by the faculty member and the student. Contact between the two may be extensive and intensive. Does not include research courses which are theoretical.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Notes: A maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate research will be allowed for degree credit.

CBE 603 Molecular Biology for Engineers
Credits: (3-0) 3
This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge on molecular biology and bioinformatics that is directly applicable to engineering and related science fields. Up-to-date techniques in genetic engineering, biotechnology, and bioinformatics will be introduced for the understanding of biological problems using engineering concepts or engineering/mechanical problems through biological tools.
Notes: This course is cross listed with BME 603.

CBE 612 Transport Phenomena: Momentum
Credits: (3-0) 3
Introduction to momentum transport. Equations of continuity and motion. Velocity distributions. Boundary layer theory. Turbulent transport compressible flow.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ME 612.

CBE 613 Transport Phenomena: Heat
Credits: (3-0) 3
An in-depth study of the fundamental laws of heat transfer. Major areas considered are: heat conduction, free and forced convention, and radiative heat transfer. Emphasis is placed on the formulation and solution of engineering problems by analytical and numerical methods.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ME 613.

CBE 616 Computations in Transport Phenomena
Credits: (3-0) 3
Various computerized techniques, including finite difference and finite element, will be used to solve transient and steady state heat transfer problems involving conduction and convection.
Notes: This course is cross listed with ME 616.

CBE 621 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Credits: (3-0) 3
A mathematical development of fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their application to chemical engineering operations and processes. Equilibrium and thermal effects in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.
Prerequisites: CBE 321 or permission of instructor.

CBE 691 Independent Study
Credits: 1 to 3
Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems, and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

CBE 692 Topics
Credits: 1 to 3
Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors.
Notes: A maximum of 6 credits of special topics will be allowed for degree credit.

CBE 714 Transport Phenomena: Mass
Credits: (3-0) 3
An in-depth study of the fundamental laws of mass transfer. Emphasis is placed on the formulation and solution of chemical and biological engineering processes and problems by analytical and numerical methods.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

CBE 728 Heterogeneous Kinetics
Credits: (3-0) 3
Principles of Absolute Rate Theory are combined with thermodynamics to study the mechanisms of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions in metallurgical systems.
Notes: This course is cross listed with MES 728.

CBE 735 Bioseparations
Credits: (3-0) 3
This course introduces students to the principles and techniques used to recover and purify biologically-produced molecules, especially proteins, nucleic acids, and organic acids, from bacterial, mammalian, and agricultural production systems. The course will focus on centrifugation and filtration, membrane processing, two-phase extraction, precipitation and crystallization, adsorption and chromatography, and electrophoresis. Analysis will include micro and macro scale process modeling and simulation.
Prerequisites: CBE 318 or permission of instructor.

CBE 741 Microbial and Enzymatic Processing
Credits: (3-0) 3
Most of the processes used for energy generation including bioconversion of biomass, food processing, pollution control, rely not only on physico-chemical but also on biological reactions. This course introduces various renewable energy resources, processes, and products, emphasizing critical aspects and challenges of biomass conversion into biofuels and value-added bioproducts, especially using extremophiles and their enzymes. Students are expected to learn both fundamental and applied aspects of microbial and enzymatic processing through scientific literature and case studies focusing on the current trends in the field.
Prerequisites: BIOL 341, BIOL 331 or permission of instructor.

CBE 788 Master's Research Problems/Project
Credits: Credit to be arranged.
Independent research problems/projects that lead to research or design paper, but not to a thesis. The plan of study is negotiated by the faculty member and the candidate. Contact between the two may be extensive and intensive. Does not include research courses which are theoretical. Oral defense of the report and research findings are required.
Notes: Credit to be arranged; not to exceed 9 credits towards fulfillment of M.S. degree requirements. Open only to students pursing the M.S. non-thesis option.

CBE 790 Seminar
Credits: (0.5-0) 0.5
A highly focused and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media, such as internet, and are at the upper division or graduate levels.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Notes: This course may be repeated for credit and is designed to support the Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. This course is cross listed with CBE 890.

CBE 791 Independent Study
Credits: 1 to 4
Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems, and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

CBE 792 Topics
Credits: 1 to 4
Includes current topics, advanced topics, and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors.

CBE 798 Thesis
Credits: Credit to be arranged.
A formal treatise presenting the results of study submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the applicable degree. The process requires extensive and intensive one-on-one interaction between the candidate and professor with more limited interaction between and among the candidate and other members of the committee.
Prerequisites: Approval of advisor.
Notes: Credit to be arranged: not to exceed 9 credits toward fulfillment of M.S. degree requirements. An original investigation of a chemical engineering project normally presented as a thesis for the master of science degree in chemical engineering.

CBE 890 Seminar
Credits: (0.5-0) 0.5
A highly focused and topical courses. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division of graduate levels.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Notes: This course may be repeated for credit and is designed to support Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. This course is cross listed with CBE 790.

CBE 894 Internship
Credits: 1 to 6
A single semester work experience in conjunction with an industrial, state, governmental, or national laboratory employer. Each student will be asked to prepare a written report of their work experience.
Prerequisites: Approval of advisor.

CBE 898D Dissertation
Credits: 1 to 12
A formal treatise presenting the results of study submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the applicable degree. The process requires extensive and intensive one-on- one interaction between the candidate and professor with more limited interaction between and among the candidate and other members of the committee.
Prerequisites: Approval of advisor.