Graduate Course Descriptions

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Questions about the graduate program in chemical and biomolecular engineering may be sent to chbegrad@umd.edu

The graduate faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are continually developing and offering new special topic graduate courses. Topics under development include environmental and surface science courses. Current information on new courses can be obtained by contacting chbegrad@umd.edu, or by visiting Testudo, the university's online services system, which hosts schedules of classes, the course catalog, and course descriptions.

Graduate courses with an EMPM designation cannot be used to satisfy the minimum 30 credit hours without prior permission of the Graduate Director.

Please note that courses may not be offered every semester or every academic year.

Core Courses

Course Number
Course Title/Description
Credits
ENCH 609 Chemical Engineering Graduate Seminar
Students are exposed to current research topics in Chemical Engineering through the Department Seminar Series. Also provides general information on lab safety, ethics, and the Research Aptitude Exam for incoming graduate students.
1
ENCH 610 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Advanced application of the general thermodynamic methods to chemical engineering problems. First and second law consequences; estimation and correlation of thermodynamic properties; phase and chemical reaction equilibria.
3
ENCH 620 Methods of Engineering Analysis
Application of selected mathematical techniques to the analysis and solution of engineering problems; included are the applications of matrices, vectors, tensors, differential equations, integral transforms, and probability methods to such problems as unsteady heat transfer, transient phenomena in mass transfer operations, stagewise processes chemical reactors, process control, and nuclear reactor physics.
3
ENCH 630 Transport Phenomena
Momentum, heat and mass transfer theory at both the continuum and microscopic levels. Steady and unsteady state; creeping and laminar flows; viscous and inviscid flows; transport at interfaces; lubrication theory; boundary layer theory; forced and natural convection; with specific application to complex and biological chemical engineering processes.
3
ENCH 640 Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics
The theory and application of chemical reaction kinetics to the design of "real" chemical reactors, including: (a) non-isothermal reactors: simultaneous solution of molar and energy balances, reactor stability and multiple steady states; (b) non-ideal reactors: residence time distributions and reactor flow models; (c) heterogeneous reactors: simultaneous mass transfer and reaction in porous catalysts, overall effectiveness factors. In addition, kinetics and reactor design in biochemical engineering, polymerization processes, and chemical vapor deposition processes will be introduced.
3
       

 

Research Courses

Course Number
Course Title/Description
Credits
ENCH 799 Master's Thesis Research
Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.
1-6
ENCH 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.
1-8
       

 

Special Problems Lecture Classes and Approved Electives

Course Number
Course Title/Description
Credits
ENCH 648Z Advanced Topics in Bioseparations
3
ENCH 648B Advanced Biochemical Engineering
3
ENCH 648C The Science and Technology of Colloids and Nanostructures
3
ENCH 648D Environmental Aspects of Biochemical Engineering
3
ENCH 648F Distributed Parameter Systems
This class focuses on developing numerical solution and rigorous error analysis methods applied to chemical engineering modeling problems. Emphasis is placed on developing models in the form of boundary-value problems and object-oriented computational implementation of spectral-method based solution approaches.
3
ENCH 648G Statistics and Design of Experiments
3
ENCH 648I Particle Science and Technology
3
ENCH 648K Advanced Batteries and Fuel Cells
This course is for upper level undergraduates and early graduate students interested in the scientific challenges of electrochemical power sources. The lecture will start from the fundamental electrochemistry, and thermodynamics and kinetics of electrode process, with emphasis on electroanalytical techniques and advanced electrochemical power sources including batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors.
3
ENCH 648L Photovoltaics: Solar Energy
3
ENCH 648N Bionanotechnology: Physical Principles
Also listed as BIOE 689N.
3
ENCH 648Q Mesoscopic and Nanoscale Thermodynamics
This course will address thermodyamics issues associated with such emerging technologies as bio-membrane and gene engineering, micro-reactor chemistry and microcapsule drug delivery, micro-fluids and porous media, nanoparticles and nanostructures, supercritical extraction and artificial organs. Self-organized criticality, thermodynamics of pattern formation and fractals, finite-size and fluctuation thermodynamics, critical phenomena in soft-matter materials, such as complex fluids, are examples of the topics to be addressed in this course. ENCH 648W: Transport Phenomena in Small and Biological Systems Interdisciplinary course primarily for senior undergraduate and graduate students from engineering or science departments. The course's main goal is to make the students familiar with the fundamental physics and modeling of transport phenomena in small and biological systems, and their current scientific and engineering utilization in microfluidics, nanofluidics and biological systems.
3
ENCH 648T ENCH 648T: Tissue Engineering
Also listed as BIOE689T.
A review of the fundamental principles involved in the design of engineered tissues and organs. Both biological and engineering fundamentals will be considered. Specific tissue systems will be emphasized at the end of the course.
3
ENCH 648V Probing Nanoscale Structures Using Neutron Scattering
Also listed as CHPH 718V and ENMA 698V.
A review of the fundamental principles involved in the design of engineered tissues and organs. Both biological and engineering fundamentals will be considered. Specific tissue systems will be emphasized at the end of the course.
3
ENCH 735 Chemical Process Dynamics and Control
Dynamic response of continuous and sampled-data processes; feedback and feedforward control; model uncertainty; Internal Model Control structure; robustness with respect to modeling error; control of multi-input multi-output processes; decentralized control; Relative gain array; Process Resiliency.
3
ENCH 736 Model Based Process Control
Step and impulse response models; state space models; model predictive control formulation; on-line optimization; state feedback; Kalman filter; disturbance estimation; constrained processes; nonlinear process models.
3
ENCH 737 Chemical Process Optimization
Techniques of modern optimization theory as applied to chemical engineering problems. Optimization of single and multivariable systems with and without constraints. Application of partial optimization techniques to complex chemical engineering processes.
3
ENCH 751 Turbulent and Multiphase Transport Phenomena
Basic equations and statistical theories for transport of heat, mass, and momentum in turbulent fluids with applications to processing equipment. Fundamental equations of multiphase flow for dilute systems with applications to particles, drops, and bubbles. Current approaches for analysis of concentrated suspensions including deterministic models and population balance approaches.
3
ENCH 762 Advanced Topics in Biochemical Engineering: Advances in Metabolic Engineering
Metabolic engineering (ME) strives to systematically induce biological changes that will produce desired cellular properties. As such it favors the analysis of integrated metabolic networks and the use of fluxes to obtain a detailed picture of cellular physiology. The development of technologies for the measurement of genome-wide gene expression (DNA microarrays) and cell-wide protein production (2-dimensional gels and protein chips) data have introduced a new dimension in biological and biotechnological research. For the first time, physiological data are complemented to such large extent by information from both the genomic and proteomic level. The integration of such diverse information is required for the determination of gene regulation and cellular physiology. Metabolic engineering can play a key role towards this direction by providing the framework for the systematic and combined application of the available methodologies in the elucidation of biological systems in their entirety. In this course, the principles of ME and the main concepts and methodologies in the metabolic engineering toolbox in the post-genomic era will be presented. How flux quantification and gene expression analysis, along with sophisticated experimental techniques, can be combined to upgrade the content of information in the physiological and genomic/proteomic data towards the unraveling of cellular function and regulation will also be discussed. Students will be exposed to the main challenges of the metabolic engineering science today and the ongoing discussion on the re-definition of the role of ME 11 years after its official birth.
3
ENCH 781 Polymer Reaction Engineering
Advanced topics in polymerization kinetics, reactor design and analysis; addition to step-growth polymerization; homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization; photopolymerization; reactor dynamics; optimal operation and control of industrial polymerization reactors.
3
ENCH 784 Polymer Physics
Application and correlation of mechanical and dielectric relaxation, NMR, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, diffusion, and electrical properties in the solid state.
3
ENCH 786 Polymer Processing and Application
Application of theoretical knowledge of polymers to industrial processes. An analysis of polymerization, stabilization, electrical, rheological, thermal, mechanical, and optical properties and their influence on processing conditions and end use applications.
3
ENCH 858 Advanced Topics in Process Control
Advanced topics in chemical process control–robust control, model based process control, process sensing, fault detection, expert systems, neural networks, and integration of design and control.
3