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Graduate Course Offerings

Penn State graduate bulletin (White Book) Chemical Engineering course descriptions.

  • Ch E 501 (BIOE 501), Bioengineering Transport Phenomena (3)
    Application of the equations of mass, energy, and momentum conservation to physiological phenomena and to the design of artificial organs.
    Note: Ch E 501 can be taken in place of Ch E 546 to satisfy the Department's requirement for an advanced transport course.

  • Ch E 503, Fluid Mechanics of Bioengineering Systems (3)
    Cardiovascular system and blood flow, non-Newtonian fluid description, vessel flows, unsteady flows and wave motion, windkessel theory, transmission line theory.

  • CH E 510 (MATSE 510) Surface Characterization of Materials (3)
    Physical and chemical principles of characterization techniques widely used in materials science, chemistry and engineering.

  • CH E 512 Optimization and Biological Networks (3)
    Mathematical optimization, formulation and solution techniques for linear, nonlinear, and mixed-integer problems; optimization-based tools for reconstruction, analysis, and redesign of biological networks.

  • Ch E 524, Chemical Engineering Applications of Thermodynamics (3) - Required
    Thermodynamics of pure fluids and fluid mixtures with emphasis on applications to phase equilibria calculations of importance in Chemical Engineering.

  • Ch E 528, Colloidal Forces and Thermodynamics (3)
    Unified treatment of formation, growth and stability of colloids based on principles of intermolecular and colloidal forces and thermodynamics.
    Prerequisite: CHEM 450, Ch E 320 or an equivalent background in chemical thermodynamics.

  • Ch E 535, Chemical Reaction Engineering (3) - Required
    Optimal design of batch and continuous chemical reactors and reactor batteries; effect of mixing on reactor operation.

  • Ch E 536 Heterogeneous Catalysis (3)
    Thermodynamics and kinetics of adsorption and reactions on solid surfaces, heat and mass transfer effects, theory and correlations in catalysis.
    Prerequisites: CHEM 450, CHEM 452.

  • Ch E 544, General Transport Phenomena (3) - Required
    Formulation and solution of transport problems involving momentum, heat, and mass transfer, with chemical engineering applications.
    Prerequisites: CH E 330, CH E 350, and CH E 410.

  • Ch E 545, Transport Phenomena I (3)
    Momentum transport, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layer analysis, non-Newtonian flow, mechanical energy balance, chemical engineering applications.

  • Ch E 546, Transport Phenomena II (3) - Required
    Heat and mass transfer, steady and unsteady state, coupling, molecular diffusion, moving boundaries, transfer coefficients, chemical engineering applications.

  • Ch E 576 (CE 576), Environmental Transport Processes (3)
    Fundamentals of chemical transport in engineered environments, such as biofilm reactors, and natural systems including aquifers and rivers.
    Prerequisite: C E 475.

  • CH E 590 Colloquium Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

  • Ch E 596, Individual Studies (1-9)

  • Ch E 597, Special Topics (1-9)
    Some recent course offerings include:

    • Advanced Polymer Processing
      Application of principles of heat, mass, and momentum transfer to analysis of polymer processing.

    • Bioprocess Engineering
      Principles of engineering applied to biochemical production, with emphasis on biochemical separations, microbial growth kinetics, and enzyme catalysis.

    • Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
      Application of numerical analysis and computational methods to the solution of algebraic and differential equations of relevance to chemical engineering.

    • Math
      Advanced analytical methods involving vectors and tensors with applications to transport processes.

    • Non-Linear Optimization: Fundamental and Applications
      Fundamentals of optimization and applications in Chemical Engineering.

    • Surfactant Self-Assembly
      The course discusses quantitative, predictive theories for diverse self-assembly phenomena such as micellization, solubilization, micro-emulsification, and surfactant-polymer interactions developed on the basis of molecular thermodynamic methods.

Updated on 07/22/14

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