## Chemical and Biological Engr

- CBE 225/MSE 225/STC 225: Plastics, Profit, and People: How Science & Society Can Strive for SustainabilityFrom the ubiquitous water bottle to food packaging to Barbie, we live in a plastic world. While plastics provide benefits from safe food delivery to sterile healthcare products, only a small percentage is recycled. This course addresses the historical development of plastics and their impacts. We'll discuss the science of plastics and their lifecycle from sourcing through manufacturing, use, and end-of-life. Topics will include microplastics, plastics in the ocean, and the impacts of additives (e.g. BPA). Finally, we'll examine solutions including recycling and bio-based plastics from scientific, behavioral, and economic perspectives.
- CBE 245: Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering PrinciplesIntroduction to the principles underlying chemical and biochemical engineering. This course begins with the basics of engineering calculations, and continues on to the core subjects of material and energy balances in single and multi-phase systems; both with and without reactions. The topics in this course lay the bedrock for the remaining CBE curriculum, and students will see the subjects that they learn here time and again in their future CBE courses.
- CBE 250: Separations in Chemical Engineering and BiotechnologyThis course covers the theory and practice of separation technologies used in the chemical and biochemical industries. Both equilibrium and rate-based separations will be discussed including distillation, chromatography, and membrane processes.
- CBE 341: Mass, Momentum, and Energy TransportHow do you design a drug delivery system that will kill a tumor but not the patient? What are the major constraints in building a new artificial heart? Why are some cooling systems more efficient than others? A strong understanding of transport phenomena is essential for solving these and other grand challenges facing society. This course combines applied mathematics with fundamental physics to promote an intuitive understanding of steady and unsteady heat and mass transfer and fluid dynamics. We will focus on key applications in processes related to biology, energy, materials, and chemical synthesis.
- CBE 351: Junior Independent WorkSubjects chosen by the student with the approval of the faculty for independent study. A written report, and an oral presentation will be required. Students generally spend 15-20 hours per week on the independent project.
- CBE 415/CHM 415/MSE 425: PolymersBroad introduction to polymer science and technology, including polymer chemistry (major synthetic routes to polymers), polymer physics (solution and melt behavior, solid-state morphology and properties), and polymer engineering (overview of reaction engineering, melt processing, and recycling methods).
- CBE 421/CHM 421/ENE 421: Green and Catalytic ChemistryThis course will use green chemistry and engineering principles to assess the catalytic production of fuels and chemicals. Historical context for current processes will be given to contrast available routes for conversions using alternative, more sustainable feedstocks, and processes. These case studies will also serve as platforms for the fundamentals of heterogeneous acid and metal catalysis, including techniques of catalyst synthesis and characterization, as well as an understanding of how reactions occur on surfaces.
- CBE 422/MSE 422: Molecular Modeling MethodsThis course offers an introduction to computational chemistry and molecular simulation, which are essential components to modern-day science and engineering, as they can provide both mechanistic insights underlying observed phenomena and predictions on thermodynamic/kinetic properties. Through pedagogical treatment of essential background, basic algorithmic implementation, and applications, students will develop knowledge necessary to follow, appreciate, and devise computational 'experiments'. Topics of emphasis include quantum chemical solution methods, Monte Carlo & molecular dynamics, and free energy/enhanced sampling.
- CBE 442: Design, Synthesis, and Optimization of Chemical ProcessesThe course covers (1) conceptual process synthesis: reactor and separation network synthesis, and heat integration; (2) tools for process design (flowsheeting, simulation, and equipment sizing and costing); (3) basic principles underpinning safety, health, and environmental issues; (4) optimization methods; and (5) economic evaluation. A major design project allows students to apply their skills to design a complex system.
- CBE 503/MSE 521: Advanced ThermodynamicsThis course provides an graduate-level introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics relevant to problems in biological, chemical, and materials science and engineering. Topics include: thermodynamic laws and transformations; microstates, macrostates, partition functions, and statistical ensembles; equilibrium, stability, and response of multicomponent systems; phase transitions; fluctuations; structure of classical fluids; viral expansion; computer simulation methods. Applications include polymer elasticity and phase separation, electrolytes, colloidal suspensions, protein folding, surface adsorption, crystal melting, magnets.
- CBE 504: Chemical Reactor EngineeringMolecular processes in chemical systems, reaction kinetics and catalysis. Interaction of mass and heat transfer in chemical processes. Performance of systems with chemical reactors.
- CBE 507: Research Topics in Chemical & Biological EngineeringA seminar course designed to acquaint first-year graduate students with the different research areas represented by the CBE department, as well as to train these students in the methodologies and practices used in chemical engineering research. Students learn how to read and evaluate the literature, and the techniques for formulating and developing an original research problem in the field. Each lecture is given by a different member of the CBE faculty (or associated faculty), who will review his or her field of research and discuss open questions for future investigation.
- CBE 512: Machine Learning in Chemical Science and EngineeringThis course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to machine learning (ML) methods and their applications in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. After a survey of ML algorithms, we will delve into specific applications (e.g., QSPR modeling, materials design, molecular simulation, process control, synthesis) to ascertain how ML methods, which are commonplace in Big Tech, are used in engineering. Students will explore state-of-the-art approaches through topical literature reviews and case studies and develop proficiency with algorithms (as deployed in an engineering context) via programming assignments.
- CHM 503/CBE 524/MSE 514: Introduction to Statistical MechanicsPrediction of the structure and properties of equilibrium and nonequilibrium states of matter. Topics include Gibbs ensembles; microscopic basis of thermodynamics; Boltzmann statistics; ideal gases; Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics; models of solids; blackbody radiation; Bose condensation; conduction in metals; virial expansion; distribution functions; liquids; structural glasses; sphere packings and jamming; computer simulation techniques; critical phenomena; percolation theory; Ising model; renormalization group methods; irreversible processes; Brownian motion; Fokker-Planck and Boltzmann equations.
- MAE 305/MAT 391/EGR 305/CBE 305: Mathematics in Engineering IA treatment of the theory and applications of ordinary differential equations with an introduction to partial differential equations. The objective is to provide the student with an ability to solve standard problems in this field.
- MAE 501/APC 501/CBE 509: Mathematical Methods of Engineering Analysis IMethods of mathematical analysis for the solution of problems in physics and engineering. Topics include an introduction to linear algebra, matrices and their application, eigenvalue problems,ordinary differential equations (initial and boundary value, eigenvalue problems), nonlinear ordinary differential equations, stability, bifurcations, Sturm-Liouville theory, Green's functions, elements of series solutions and special functions, Laplace and Fourier transform methods, and solutions via perturbation methods, partial differential equation including self-similar solution, separation of variables and method of characteristics.
- MOL 214/EEB 214/CBE 214: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular BiologyImportant concepts and elements of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology are examined in an experimental context. This course fulfills the requirement for students majoring in the biological sciences and satisfies the biology requirement for entrance into medical school.
- MSE 501/MAE 561/CEE 561/CBE 514: Introduction to MaterialsEmphasizes the connection between microstructure and properties in solid-state materials. Topics include crystallinity and defects, electronic and mechanical properties of materials, phase diagrams and transformations, and materials characterization techniques. Ties fundamental concepts in materials science to practical use cases with the goal of solving complex challenges in sustainability and healthcare, among others.