Graduate Program Courses

CHE 500 M.S. Thesis (NC)
Program of research leading to M.S. degree arranged between the student and a faculty member. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their second semester. 

CHE 501 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Laws of thermodynamics from phenomenological and statistical point of view. Reactions and phase equilibria. Properties of solutions. Analysis of chemical engineering processes from the standpoint of thermodynamics. Introduction to statistical and irreversible thermodynamics. 

CHE 502 Phase Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Calculation of fugacities in gaseous and liquid mixtures. Theory of liquid solutions. Fluid phase equilibria at high pressures. Phase equilibria in condensed systems. Case studies. 

CHE 509 Structure, Property and Processing Relations in Polymers 
Effect of monomer structure and chain length on the morphology and mechanical properties of polymers. Polymer statistics. Thermodynamics of polymer solutions. Polymer crystallization theory. Principles of polymer rheology. Effect of rheological properties on polymer processing and product structure. 

CHE 510 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
Kinetics of chemical reactions. Batch and ideal flow reactors, semibatch reactors. Laminar flow reactors. Axial and radial dispersion in tubular reactors. Axial and radial temperature variations in tubular reactors. Design principles of gas-solid catalytic reactors. Reactor stability. Residence time distribution and segregation in flow reactors. 

CHE 511 Catalysis
Conservation equations in heterogeneous systems. Intrapellet transport effectiveness factor, applications to heterogeneous catalytic reactor design. Principles and mechanism of catalysis; surface chemistry and surface structure. Physical properties of porous catalysts, reaction mechanisms. 

CHE 512 Multiphase Reactors
Introduction to multiphase reactors, classification, hydrodynamics and rate processes. Modeling of fluid-solid; gas-liquid-liquid and gas-liquid-solid systems. Generally applicable dynamic analysis techniques. Industrial applications. 

CHE 513 Biochemical Reaction Engineering
Applications of chemical kinetics and reaction engineering principles to bioreactors. Biological reactor and fermentor design and scale-up. Kinetics of microbial growth, product formation, enzyme catalyzed reactions. 

CHE 514 Membrane Processes (3-0)3
Membrane concept. Principles of membrane separations and applications in biotechnology. Membrane preparation techniques, applications of membranes in stream purification in product recovery and in industrial wastewater treatment. 

CHE 515 Microkinetics of Heterogeneous Catalysis 
Applications of the principles of micro kinetic analysis, statistical and classical thermodynamics on the heterogeneous surface chemical reactions. Transition state theory, surface energetics. Advanced catalyst characterization techniques : incorporation of the characterization information in the chemical reaction analyses. 
Prerequisite: CHE 510 or 511 or equivalent

CHE 517 Metabolic Engineering 
Microorganism as a microbioreactors; Industrially important microorganisms. Influence of bioreactor operation conditions on the bioreaction networks and regulation of metabolic pathways: fermentation physiology. Principles of metabolic engineering: Determination of the metabolic bottlenecks. Metabolic control analysis. Thermodynamic analysis of cellular pathways. Pathway design. 

CHE 520 Transport Phenomena 
Analytical and approximate solutions of equations of mass, momentum and energy transport. Introduction to creeping, potential and laminar boundary layer flows. Description of heat and mass transfer in multicomponent systems. Interphase momentum, heat and mass transfer. 

CHE 521 Advanced Fluid Flow
Inviscid fluid, Euler equation, Bernoulli equation, Kelvin's theorem, irrational motion, Stoke's stream function, vorticity; analytical and numerical solutions of Navier-Stokes equation; creeping flow equation, introduction to lubrication theory; vorticity transport equation, laminar boundary layers, turbulent boundary layers; introduction to turbulence. 

CHE 522 Advanced Heat Transfer
Steady, unsteady and multidimensional conduction in different geometries. Basic equations for convection; laminar, free and forced convection. Turbulent convection. Analogy between heat and momentum transfer. Radiative energy transfer in enclosures with and without an absorbing emitting medium. 

CHE 523 Advanced Mass Transfer 
Mechanism and theory of mass transport. Transfer under laminar and turbulent flow conditions and with large fluxes. Mass transfer and simultaneous chemical reaction. Multicomponent systems. Applications in specific unit operations.

CHE 525 Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Systems

Transport equations for mass, momentum and energy in multicomponent systems; jump conditions at phase interfaces; the spatial averaging theorem and the method of volume averaging; flow in porous media. Darcy's law for one and two phase flows; dispersion of heat and mass in bundles of capillary tubes; the general problem of dispersion in porous media.

CHE 528 Nonlinear Phenomena I: Chaos and Fractals

Boltzmann equation and its linear solutions. Irreversibilities and irreversible thermodynamics. Nonlinearity and stability. Mathematical theories of chaos. Fractal approach to nonlinear dynamics. Studies in selected topics like turbulence, gelation, adsorption, clustering, and phase transition.

CHE 529 Bioseparation Engineering 

Separation processes in biological systems. Enzyme/cell isolation, product enrichment by methods of ion-exchange, filtration, centrifugation, chromatography, reverse-osmosis, precipitation, salting-out, electrophoresis, membrane separations.

CHE 532 Fluidization

Principles of fluidization. Heat and mass transfer in fluidized beds. Advanced design principles of fluidized bed reactors. Adsorption, desorption, channeling, solid recovery, stability, particle size reduction and solid regeneration are emphasized.


CHE 538 Nonlinear Phenomena II 
Waves in turbulent systems, dispersion relations. Solutions in fluid flow and macromolecules. Percolations in heterogeneous media. Fractal structures, pattern formations, and self organizations in flows and stationary systems. Selected examples from polymers, ceramics, zeolites, coal, catalysts, and biomaterials. 
Prerequisite: CHE 528 or equivalent


CHE 541 Petroleum Refinery Engineering 
Summary of refinery operations, physical and chemical petroleum refining processes. Application of chemical engineering principles to petroleum processing methods and equipment.

CHE 543 Nuclear Technology 

Nuclear and radioactive properties, radiation detection instrumentation. The radionuclides and their use in industrial process control; nuclear methods in analytical chemistry, radiation chemistry; chemical aspects of nuclear reactors, reactor fuel reprocessing.

CHE 545 Combustion Technology

Fuels used for combustion. Coal fired furnaces, stokers and pulverized fuel burners. Burners and furnaces for liquid fuels. Burners and furnaces for gaseous fuels. Stream generators. Performance calculations. Combustion generated air pollution. Measurements in industrial flames.

CHE 546 Adsorption and Ion Exchange Technology 

Sorption and sorbent materials. Physical properties of sorbent materials. Typical sorption processes. Fundamental factors in performance of adsorption and ion exchange. Design principles of adsorption and ion exchange equipment. Industrial applications of adsorption and ion exchange processes.

CHE 550 Chemical Engineering Mathematics

Macroscopic balances and elementary formulation of physical problems. Application of complex variable theory and Laplace transforms. Rigorous application of partial differential equations. Matrices and their application to staged processes. Vectors and tensors. Coordinate systems. Calculus of variations, including some optimization methods. Application of these methods to chemical engineering problems.

CHE 551 Applied Data Analysis Techniques

Basic concepts about probability. Statistical inferences. Data fitting by linear and non-linear regression methods. Design of experiments. Factorial and fractional factorial designs. Special experimental designs for parameter estimation and model discrimination. Applications in chemical engineering; process modeling with computer programming.

CHE 558 Chemistry and Manufacture of Cement

History of calcareous cements Portland cement: Classification and manufacture clinker and cement components and their phase relations. The constitution and specification of Portland cements. Manufacturing processes. Energy and material balances in rotary kiln. Relations between chemical reactions , phase content and strength of cement. Hydration of cement.


CHE 560 Computer Aided Process Plant Design 

Material and energy balances, data bases for properties. Design of unit operations. Equipment flow sheeting.

CHE 572 Paint Technology

Basic principles of colour and constitution, chromophores and auxochrome groups. Technology of dyes and pigments widely used in the industry. Technology of oil and water based paints and their constituents. Formulation principles and testing methods.

CHE 597 Graduate Seminar I

Each student is required to present objective and scope of his/her research subject, and actively participate in the discussions of other students presentations.

CHE 600 Ph.D. Thesis (NC)

Program of research leading to Ph.D. degree arranged between the student and a faculty member. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their second semester.

CHE 697 Graduate Seminar
Each student is required to present objective and scope of his/her research subject, and actively participate in the discussions of other students presentations.


CHE 705 Fuel Cells Theory and Applications

Hydrogen energy systems: hydrogen production, storage, safety and economy. Introduction to fuel cells: Fuel cell types, fundamentals of alkaline, proton exchange membrane, phosphoric acid and direct methanol fuel cells. Fuel cell electrochemistry, fuel cell components: membranes, catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies. Fuel cell modeling and system design, fuel cell applications.

CHE 708 Surfaces and Spetroscopy in Catalysis

Concepts of catalytic surface reactivity and tools to investigate catalytic surfaces. Structures and structural characterizations of single crystal surfaces and power catalysts. Spectroscopic surface characterization techniques. Techniques that involve adsorption of a species for surface characterization. Surface thermodynamics. Dynamics at the surfaces. Surface electronic properties. Catalysis on the surface of single crystals.

CHE 799 Orientation Graduate Seminars

CHE 5555 International Student Practice