Chemical Engineering - CHE


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Concepts
3 hours. Overview of engineering and chemical principles used in chemical engineering technology. Thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and reaction engineering applied to process and product design. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 112 and credit or concurrent registration in MATH 180.

201 Introduction To Thermodynamics
3 hours. Work and energy; conversion of energy; theory of gases and other states of matter; applications to energy conversion devices. Second Law of thermodynamics, entropy, and equilibrium, with applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 181 and PHYS 141.

205 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering
3 hours. Computational methods and software relevant to unit operations. Excel spreadsheets (curve fitting, heat conduction), Matlab, Aspen Plus (process simulation), algorithms and object oriented concepts in chemical engineering. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CHE 201; and credit or concurrent registration in MATH 210.

210 Material and Energy Balances
4 hours. Material and energy balances applied to chemical systems. Introduction to chemical and physical properties. Introduction to the use of computers for chemical process calculations. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CHE 201; and credit or concurrent registration in CHE 205.

301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
3 hours. Review of classical engineering thermodynamics. Multicomponent systems & multicomponent phase equilibria. Equilibrium in chemically reacting systems, heterogeneous equilibrium, Gibbs phase rule, and electrochemical processes. Prerequisite(s): CHE 201 and CHE 205.

311 Transport Phenomena I
3 hours. Momentum transport phenomena in chemical engineering. Fluid statics. Fluid mechanics; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layers; flow over immersed bodies. Prerequisite(s): CHE 201 and CHE 205; and credit or concurrent registration in CHE 210.

312 Transport Phenomena II
3 hours. Heat and mass transport phenomena. Heat conduction, convection and radiation. Heat exchanger design. Diffusion. Mass transfer coefficients. Prerequisite(s): CHE 311.

313 Transport Phenomena III
3 hours. Mass transfer and phase equilibria. Multistage separations; applications in distillation; extraction; absorption and drying. Prerequisite(s): CHE 301.

321 Chemical Reaction Engineering
3 hours. Kinetics of homogeneous single reactions. Ideal reactors: batch, stirred tank and plug flow systems. Conversion and yield in multiple reactions. Design and optimization of reactors. Non-isothermal reactors. Prerequisite(s): CHE 210 and MATH 220.

341 Chemical Process Control
3 hours. Analysis and design of chemical processes and control systems. Feedback and feedforward controllers. Stability, tuning, and simulation of P-I-D controllers. Introduction to the control of chemical plants and digital process control. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 and CHE 312 and CHE 313 and CHE 321.

381 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
2 hours. Heat and momentum transfer operations associated with chemical processes. These include heat exchangers, fluid properties, and fluid flow. Technical report writing, computer calculations. Prerequisite(s): CHE 312.

382 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
2 hours. Heat momentum and mass transfer operations associated with chemical processes; these include distillation columns, reactors, humidifiers, and evaporators. Prerequisite(s): CHE 381 and concurrent registration in CHE 313.

392 Undergraduate Research
1 TO 3 hours. Undergraduate research project in any area of Chemical Engineering. Projects may be theoretical, experimental, or literature surveys. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

396 Senior Design I
4 hours. Introduction to modern, process design and development, engineering economics, and report writing. Design and cost of equipment relating to materials handling to heat transfer, mass transfer, and reactors. Prerequisite(s): CHE 312 and CHE 313 and CHE 321.

397 Senior Design II
3 hours. Application of principles and design methodology of chemical engineering to the design of large-scale chemical processes and plants. A major design project is assigned for solution and presentation by students working in small groups. Prerequisite(s): CHE 396.

410 Transport Phenomena
3 OR 4 hours. Continuum theory of momentum, energy, and mass transfer. Viscous behavior of fluids. Laminar and turbulent flow. Thermal conduction and convection, diffusion and coupled operations. Same as MENG 410. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 312 or consent of the instructor.

413 Introduction to Flow in Porous Media
3 OR 4 hours. Theoretical modeling of single-phase and multiphase flow in porous media. Darcy's law and relative permeabilities. Oil production and hydrology. Capillary phenomena. Dispersion and miscible displacement. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 312 or consent of the instructor.

421 Combustion Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Combustion chemistry and thermochemistry. Kinetics and mechanism of combustion; ignition and pollutant formation. Detonation and deflagration; premixed and diffusion flames. Surface reaction and droplet combustion. Applications. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 301 and CHE 321.

422 Biochemical Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Enzyme-catalyzed and microbially-mediated processes. Free and immobilized enzymes. Batch and continuous cell cultures. Transport phenomena in microbial systems and fermentation processes. Design of biological reactors. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

423 Catalytic Reaction Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Catalytic reactions which occur under conditions for which heat and mass transfer cannot be neglected are considered. Includes porosimetry, surface area measurements and catalyst deactivation. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 321 or consent of the instructor.

431 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to the application of numerical methods to the solution of complex and often non-linear mathematical problems in chemical engineering. Includes methods for the solution of problems arising in phase and chemical reaction equilibria, chemical kinetics, and transport. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or advanced undergradate standing.

433 Process Simulation With Aspen Plus
3 OR 4 hours. Application of Aspen Plus to design, modeling and simulation of process flow sheets. Property models, unit operations, heat integration and pinch analysis, electrolytes, nonconventional solids (e.g., coal), computational aspects. CHE 312 and CHE 313 and CHE 321; or consent of the instructor.

438 Computational Molecular Modeling
3 OR 4 hours. Provide students with a fundamental understanding of the methods, capabilities and limitations of molecular simulations. Same as MENG 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): CHE 301. Recommended background: Engineering/Science.

440 Non-Newtonian Fluids
3 OR 4 hours. Fluid mechanics and transport processes involving non-Newtonian fluids. Purely viscous and viscoelastic behavior. Viscometric functions and rheometry. Heat and mass transfer in non-Newtonian fluids. Same as MENG 411. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHE 410 or MENG 410 or consent of the instructor.

441 Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Nonnumerical applications of computers: artificial intelligence and expert systems for chemical engineering design and online diagnosis; data acquisition and control for digital process control; process design calculations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in chemical engineering.

445 Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Advanced mathematical techniques in chemical engineering. Includes infinite series in thermodynamic perturbation theory; Laplace transforms in process control; chemical diffusion transport theories and differential equations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 or the equivalent.

450 Air Pollution Engineering
3 OR 4 hours. Environmental aspects of combustion processes, pollutant formation. Control of pollutants and particulates. Air quality control. Fundamentals of combustion. Same as ME 450. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ME 321 or consent of the instructor.

456 Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes
3 OR 4 hours. Design and practical aspects of the most advanced state of micro- and nano-electronics processing with emphasis on thin film deposition, substrate passivation, lithography and etching with thermodynamics, kinetics, reactor design, and optimization. Same as MENG 413. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Engineering/Science.

494 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
1 TO 4 hours. Systematic study of selected topics in chemical engineering theory and practice. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

499 Professional Development Seminar
0 hours. Students are provided general information about their roles as UIC Chemical Engineering alumni in society and the role of the University in their future careers. Students provide evaluations of their educational experience in the Chemical Engineering Department. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Open only to seniors; and approval of the department. Must be taken in the student's last semester of study.

501 Advanced Thermodynamics
4 hours. Laws of thermodynamics. General conditions for equilibrium and stability. Thermodynamic potentials. Phase transition and critical phenomena. Principle of irreversible thermodynamics, Onsager's fundamental theorem and engineering appications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 or the equivalent.

502 Fluid Phase Equilibria
4 hours. Application molecular theories of fluids to phase equilibrium systems. Intermolecular potentials, partition functions, correlation functions, chemical potentials, fugacity and activity coefficient and their relationships. Prerequisite(s): CHE 301 or equivalent.

503 Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Mixtures
4 hours. Thermodynamic theories of mixtures. Molecular principles of various solution theories. Conformal solutions, lattice theories, group contribution function theories, and perturbation and variational theories. Prerequisite(s): CHE 502 or the equivalent.

505 Advanced Statistical Thermodynamics
4 hours. Development of the principles of statistical mechanics. Calculation of partition functions and properties for the ideal gas including polyatomic gases. Ensemble concepts and interacting subsystems. Applications. Prerequisite(s): CHE 502.

510 Separation Processes
4 hours. Advanced coverage of equilibrium stage separation. Multi-component separation and distillation; unsteady state adsorption processes. Separation efficiencies and energy requirements. Prerequisite(s): CHE 410.

511 Advanced Mass Transfer
4 hours. Analysis of diffusion and mass transport in chemical engineering systems. Unsteady state diffusion convective diffusion, mass transfer coefficient dispersion and the study of diffusion and reaction and simultaneous mass transport. Prerequisite(s): CHE 410.

512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion and Membrane Transport
4 hours. Theoretical and numerical fluid mechanics of microstructure: potential flow and virtual mass, quasistatic versus transient Stokes flow, integral theorems, multipole expansions, singularity solutions, fluctuations, and current applications. Same as MENG 512. Prerequisite(s): CHE 410 or MENG 410 and CHE 445 or consent of the instructor.

514 Biotransport
4 hours. Diffusion and flow in living systems. Blood rheology and flow. Microcirculation, oxygen transport, diffusive transport across membranes. Membrane structure; water, and ion flows, active transport. Same as BIOE 514. Prerequisite(s): CHE 410 or consent of the instructor.

524 Characterization Techniques in Catalysis
4 hours. The most common crystallographic, spectroscopic, and physicochemical techniques for characterization of bulk solids, solid surfaces, and gas-solid interactions are surveyed. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
4 hours. Multiplicities in chemically reacting systems nonideal reactors: Effects of residence time distribution and mixing history. Heterogeneous noncatalytic reactions: gas-liquid, liquid-liquid, and solid-fluid systems. Heterogeneous catalytic reactions. Prerequisite(s): CHE 321.

530 Gas Kinetics
4 hours. Modern theory and experimental methods in the rates of gas reactions. Review of phenomenological kinetics, collision theory, energy transfer, unimolecular reactions, transition state and RRKM theory. Modern applications. Prerequisite(s): CHE 505.

592 Specialized Problems
4 TO 8 hours. Specialized problems under faculty supervision. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instuctor.

594 Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering
1 TO 4 hours. Systematic study of advanced topics in chemical engineering theory and practice. Subjects vary from year to year. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research
1 hours. Advances in Chemical Engineering Research will be discussed in a seminar setting. Students will be expected to make presentations in areas of: catalysis, thermodynamics, transport phenomena and kinetics. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in chemical engineering.

597 Project Research
0 TO 4 hours. A research design or reading project approved by the committee appointed by the director of graduate studies. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Completed required classes in curriculum.

598 M.S. Thesis Preparation
0 TO 16 hours. Individual research in specialized problems under faculty supervision. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

599 Ph.D. Thesis Preparation
0 TO 16 hours. Individual research in specialized problems under faculty supervision. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


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