Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department offers the following courses:

CBE 20255 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis

This is a foundation course in which the students learn to apply the concepts of material and energy balances to problems involving chemical processes, biological systems and environmental phenomena. Within this context, they learn problem-solving techniques and acquire a working knowledge of phase equilibria, physical properties, and computer applications. Fall.

CBE 20258 Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering

Algorithms for solving algebraic (e.g., Gaussian Elimination, PLU decomposition, etc.) and differential equations (e.g., Runge-Kutta, Shooting methods) are derived and implemented using Matlab. Statistics and error analysis constitute a significant part of the course. Spring.

CBE 30361 Science of Engineering Materials

This is an introductory course that examines the relationship between the structure, processing, and properties of engineering materials. Common engineering materials, including steel, concrete, ceramics, and polymers are discussed. Mechanical, chemical, electrical, and magnetic properties of various materials are examined. The process dependence of microstructural development and defects levels are described.  Fall.

CBE 30363 Materials Science of Advanced Engineering Materials

The topics covered by this course are to provide a materials science and engineering background to engineering students, emphasizing the interrelationship between structure, properties, processing and performance, as well as engineering applications of a number of advanced engineering materials, with an emphasis of polymer materials. These topics include a general introduction to materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites), material selection and engineering applications, materials properties, techniques for characterizing the materials, and engineering and processing of materials in the context of modern, real-world applications. Fall.

CBE 40456 Polymer Engineering

A course for seniors and graduate students in science and engineering who are interested in applications of engineering to polymer science and technology. Topics include polymerization reactions and the structure, properties, processing, and production of polymers. (Every year). Spring.

CBE 40461 Structure of Solids

This class seeks to provide students with an understanding of the structure of solids, primarily as found in metals, alloys, and ceramics applied in technological applications. The structure of crystalline solids on the atomic level as well as the microstructural level will be discussed. Imperfections in the arrangements of atoms will be described, especially as regards their impact on properties. The study of structure through X-ray diffraction will be a recurring theme. A sequence of powder diffraction laboratory experiments (four to five class periods) also will be included. Fall.

CBE 40465 Polymer and Colloid Science

This course is an intermediate level introduction to the fundamental physical chemistry and physics of polymer and colloid materials. The lectures will focus on the underlying concepts and principles in polymer and colloid phenomena and demonstrate them using some up-to-date applications in current energy and biomedical relevant materials. Fall.

CBE 40775 Molecular Modeling and Simulation

This course provides an introduction to atomistic Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation methods, with an emphasis on the application of these methods to compute the thermodynamic and transport properties of materials. A prior course in thermodynamics is required, and it is recommended to also have had a course in statistical mechanics. Fall.

CBE 40477 Nanoscience and Technology

This course focuses on the unique scientific phenomena that accrue to matter with characteristic nanometer-scale dimensions and on the technologies which can be constructed from them. Special optical, electronic, magnetic, fluidic, structural and dynamic properties characteristic of nanostructures will be addressed. Spring.

CBE 40667 Mass Transfer in Membrane Systems

Membranes separations, which are gaining increased attention because of their ability to avoid the thermodynamic limitations associated with heat use, offer an alternative to thermally-driven separations. Membranes are also central to many of the functions of biology. Regardless, of where a membrane is found, an understanding of the mass transfer process that transports materials across the membrane is essential to understanding the membrane function. This course will cover a variety of mass transfer mechanisms and the theories developed to describe them (e.g., diffusion-solubility, hindered flow through pores, and facilitated transport). The relevance of these theories to the operation of reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, dialysis, and gas separations systems will also be examined in this course. Fall.

CBE 60522 Optical Spectroscopy

Principles and applications of spectroscopic measurements and instrumentation. Atomic and molecular absorption, emission, fluorescence, and scattering, emphasizing physical interpretation of experimental data. Prerequisite: General physics  and chemistry equivalent to a major in physical sciences for a bachelor's degree.

CBE 60565 Intermolecular Forces

A study of some of the major concepts of electrochemistry and materials science that provides the student with a foundation for understanding, at a conceptuallevel, some of the important corrosion processes, as well as the methods of their control as practiced today in various industrial environments.

CBE 60581 Biomedical Engineering Transport Phenomena

This course brings together fundamental engineering and life science principles, and provides a focused coverage of key concepts in biomedical engineering transport phenomena.

CBE 60910 Selected Topics in Material Processing

This course covers a limited number of materials processing techniques used by materials researchers as well as industrial manufacturers. The primary areas to be covered include thin film processing, fine ("nanoscale") particle processing, crystal growth, and a few selected ceramics processing techniques. Within each of these areas various techniques will be discussed, with both the theoretical and practical aspects being described.

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