Chemical Engineering

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Thomas J. Webster, PhD
Professor and Chair
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering

Ronald J. Willey, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair

313 Snell Engineering Center
617.373.2989
617.373.2209 (fax)
Thomas J. Webster, PhD, Professor and Chair, th.webster@northeastern.edu

The department offers a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering. The MS degree is offered as either a thesis or a nonthesis degree. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening to make them accessible to part-time students pursuing full-time industrial careers. A full-time MS student may apply for participation in the cooperative education plan. Master’s students pursuing the thesis option must first gain the consent of their advisor prior to participating in the cooperative education plan. The MS thesis and PhD degrees are only offered as a full-time program. Any deviations from the curriculum must be addressed by petition to the graduate committee and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates pursuing a thesis MS or a PhD are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests. New graduate students can learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty websites, and graduate student seminars. Graduate student seminars are held on a regular basis and provide an interactive forum for learning and exchanging research ideas.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree in Chemical Engineering have the opportunity to also pursue one of 14 engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership Option

Students have the opportunity to pursue the Gordon Engineering leadership program in combination with the MS degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE)

Graduate Certificate

Chemical Engineering Courses

CHME 5137. Computational Modeling in Chemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Builds on chemical engineering fundamentals to introduce computer programming to allow simulation of physical, chemical, and biological systems. Covers numerical experiments (e.g., Monte Carlo, global sensitivity analysis) to analyze the significance of parameters and model assumptions. Offers students an opportunity to work on a research or design project throughout the course. Prereq. (a) CHME 3312 and CHME 3322 or (b) graduate standing; engineering students only.

CHME 5160. Drug Delivery: Engineering Analysis. 4 Hours.

Focuses on engineering analysis of drug delivery systems, demonstrating the application of classic engineering principles to a nontraditional field for chemical engineers. Presents quantitative analysis of transport of a drug through the body and its control by physical and chemical drug and drug delivery device properties. Emphasizes the influence of biological tissue composition and structure on these processes. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing; chemical engineering majors only.

CHME 5204. Heterogeneous Catalysis. 4 Hours.

Explores design principles of gas-solid catalytic reactors. Covers heterogeneous catalysts, adsorption surface area and pore structure of catalysts, and mass and heat transport in porous catalysts. Studies catalyst preparation and industrial catalytic processes. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 5260. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Covers topics of interest to the staff member conducting this course for advanced study. A student may not take more than one special topics course with any one instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; chemical engineering students only.

CHME 5510. Fundamentals in Process Safety Engineering. 4 Hours.

Introduces the basic concepts in process safety engineering as applied to the process industries as well as various terms and lexicon. Reviews the fundamentals involved in the prediction of scenarios and covers the assumptions involved as well as the range of these predictions. Emphasizes toxicology, industrial hygiene, sources models, toxic releases, and dispersion models, as well as fire and explosion prevention. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing; engineering students only.

CHME 5520. Process Safety Engineering—Chemical Reactivity, Reliefs, and Hazards Analysis. 4 Hours.

Reviews chemical reactivity hazards. Introduces relief methods and sizing estimation to prevent overpressurization vessel damage. Covers methods of hazards identification and risk assessment. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the ability to lead hazards analysis in any organization at any level. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

CHME 5630. Biochemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Focuses on topics relevant to the design of cell culture processes for the production of pharmaceuticals. Topics include an overview of prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cells; enzyme kinetics; overview of cellular processes (DNA replication, transcription, translation, primary metabolism, and regulation of protein synthesis at the transcriptional, posttranslational, and metabolic levels); overview of genetic engineering methods (for bacteria, mammalian, and plant cells); kinetics of cell growth (growth models, growth kinetic parameters); kinetics of product formation; bioreactor design and optimum operating conditions; scale-up; and overview of product recovery and purification methods. Prereq. (a) CHME 3312 or graduate standing and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing; engineering students only.

CHME 5631. Biomaterials Principles and Applications. 4 Hours.

Provides a broad overview of the field of biomaterials (materials used in medical devices that interact with living tissues). Beginning with introductory lectures on biomaterials and their translation from the laboratory to the medical marketplace, it progresses to discussions of important biomaterials terminology and concepts. Basic materials science lectures then emphasize material structure-property-function-testing relationships. The course concludes with introductions to topics in the field such as biomaterials-tissue interactions, tissue engineering, regulatory requirements, etc. Throughout this course, principles of device design as related to the selection and application of biomaterials are considered. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing.

CHME 5699. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Focuses on topics related to chemical engineering to be selected by the instructor. Prereq. Senior or graduate standing; chemical engineering students only.

CHME 5899. Biotechnology. 4 Hours.

Introduces biotechnology to students who are not majoring in biological sciences. The goal is to cover fundamental concepts, principles, and technologies central to the modern biotechnology industry. Topics range from, but are not limited to, recombinant DNA technologies; genomics, proteomics, and epigenetics; viruses, vaccines, and gene therapy; stem cell biology; genetically modified organisms (GMOs); synthetic biology; drug discovery and development; and regulatory issues in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; chemical engineering students only.

CHME 5976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

CHME 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

CHME 5984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.

CHME 6610. Computational Programs in Process Safety for Relief and Scenario Modeling. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the use of process safety software that is available to perform hazard analysis, relief and flare system evaluation, and scenario analysis. The software may include use of Process Safety Office (ioMosaic), Aspen Process Simulator (Aspen Technologies), and FLACS (Flame Acceleration Simulator by GexCon). These programs are dedicated to predicting relief sizing for vessels and processes; flare system sizing; chemical reactivity analysis; and dispersion modeling, should a release occur, and its damage potential either as an explosive or toxic cloud. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 6960. Exam Preparation—Master’s. 0 Hours.

Offers the student the opportunity to prepare for the master’s qualifying exam under faculty supervision.

CHME 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

CHME 6964. Co-op Work Experience. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience. Prereq. ENCP 6000.

CHME 6965. Co-op Work Experience Abroad. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience abroad. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 6966. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

CHME 7201. Fluid Mechanics. 4 Hours.

Examines statics, kinematics, and stress concepts associated with fluids. Also focuses on the formation of the general equations of motion with application to laminar and turbulent flow. Topics include boundary layer theory and compressible flow. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7202. Chemical Process Heat Transfer. 4 Hours.

Covers empirical methods and calculations used to design heat transfer equipment for the chemical process industries. Reviews basic heat transfer principles. Focuses on shell-and-tube calculations for liquid and/or vapor phase heat transfer. Also covers direct contact and other special heat exchanger applications. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7203. Separations Process. 4 Hours.

Comprises calculation and design methods used in processes involving mass transfer. Topics include vapor liquid equilibria for binary and multicomponent systems, and multicomponent distillation, absorption, and extraction. Emphasis is on methods and techniques common to many separation processes. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7205. Numerical Techniques in Chemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Examines digital computer applications to chemical engineering problems. Topics include location of roots of linear and nonlinear equations, numerical integration, and curve-fitting techniques, with emphasis on the numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations and on linear algebra. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7210. Advanced Chemical Engineering Calculations. 4 Hours.

Focuses on fundamental process principles leading to an understanding of the stoichiometric principles of chemical process plants. Undertakes the study of complex material and energy balances with the view to apply these principles to actual large chemical plant conditions. Prereq. Familiarity with differential equations; chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7220. Electronic Materials, Thin Films, and Nanostructures. 4 Hours.

Presents the fundamental transport, kinetic, thermodynamic, and solid-state physics principles for semiconductor device processing. Emphasizes the various physical and chemical processes (including e-beam processes, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, and molecular beam epitaxy) used in semiconductor technology and nanotechnology. Helps students appreciate the application of chemical engineering in the growing microelectronic industry, provides a working background in various microfabrication processes and ultrahigh vacuum technology, and introduces students to novel semiconductor material development and nanostructures.

CHME 7221. Thin Film Technology. 4 Hours.

Presents processing techniques as well as the surface chemistry and physics involved in the growth and characterization of single-crystal, polycrystalline, and amorphous thin films. Emphasis is on microelectronic device applications and various forms of chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. Covers homoepitaxy, heteroepitaxy, heterostructure device fabrication, and current developments in advanced electronic materials.

CHME 7222. Principals of Membrane Processes. 4 Hours.

Introduces membrane separation processes. Topics include the properties and characterization of membranes, preparation of synthetic membranes, and transport through membranes. Focuses on the determination of diffusion coefficients and free volume theory.

CHME 7231. Chemical Process Dynamics and Control. 4 Hours.

Reviews linear and nonlinear dynamic systems analysis. Topics include analysis/synthesis of single/multiple input-output control strategies including model predictive control, theoretical and practical implementation considerations in modern digital control systems, such as process identification and control application interactions, and introduction to multilayer plant-wide control. Also surveys recent control technology advances.

CHME 7232. Process Pollution Prevention and Control. 4 Hours.

Explores modeling of the transport/transformation of environmental contaminants, analysis of pollution prevention/reduction approaches for process facilities, techniques for environmental auditing, fundamentals of selected waste management technologies, and pollution prevention planning and project/risk evaluation methods. Includes an overview of various aspects and viewpoints on environmental quality, regulation, and the impact of industrial activity.

CHME 7240. Polymer Science. 4 Hours.

Covers basic concepts of polymers, thermodynamics of polymer solutions, and measurement of molecular weight. Topics include physical and chemical testing of polymers, crystallinity in polymers and rheology of polymers, physical and chemical properties of polymers, and mechanisms and conditions for polymerization of polymers including step reaction, addition, and copolymerization. Discusses carbon-chain polymers, fibers, and fiber technology. Prereq. BS in chemical engineering or chemistry; chemical engineering and chemistry students only.

CHME 7241. Principles of Polymerization and Polymer Processing. 4 Hours.

Introduces polymers and polymer properties. Examines mechanisms of polymerization including step polymerization, radical chain polymerization, emulsion polymerization, ionic-chain polymerization, chain copolymerization, and ring-opening polymerization. Focuses on stereo chemistry of polymerization and synthetic reactions of polymers. Also covers applications to reactor design of industrially important polymers. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7250. Advanced Management Techniques in the Chemical Industry. 4 Hours.

Comprises management techniques applied to the chemical industry. Emphasis is on management of research organizations and management of engineering services, such as design, computer, and related activities. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7260. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 4 Hours.

Covers topics of interest to the staff member conducting this class for advanced study. A student may not take more than one Special Topics course with any one instructor. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7261. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 2 Hours.

Covers topics of interest to the staff member conducting this class for advanced study. A student may not take more than one Special Topics course with any one instructor.

CHME 7262. Special Topics in Process Safety. 4 Hours.

Covers topics of interest to the staff member conducting this class for advanced study. Current topics relevant in process safety are considered, such as a focus on layers of protection analysis, qualitative risk analysis, and specific process safety challenges. Process safety challenges from industrial settings may also serve as problems tackled in the course. A student may not take more than one special topics course with any one instructor. Prereq. Process safety engineering students only.

CHME 7320. Chemical Engineering Mathematics. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the formulation and solutions of problems involving advanced calculus as they arise in chemical engineering systems. Covers ordinary differential equations, series solutions, and complex variables. Also studies applications involving Laplace transforms, partial differential equations, matrix operations, vectors and tensors, and optimization methods. Emphasis is on methods for formulating the problems. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7330. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 4 Hours.

Designed as an introductory course to graduate-level, classical thermodynamics. Covers the first and second laws, and their applications to problems of interest to the chemical engineer. Introduces Legendre transformation, multicomponent phase equilibrium, and stability as well as reaction equilibrium in an engineering context. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7340. Chemical Engineering Kinetics. 4 Hours.

Examines the theoretical foundations for the analysis of elementary chemical reaction rates. Comprises analysis and modeling of batch and ideal flow reactors, axial and radial dispersion in flow tubular reactors, and design principles of gas solid catalytic reactors. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7350. Transport Phenomena. 4 Hours.

Explores analytical and approximate solutions of equations of momentum, energy, and mass transport and their analogies. Covers heat and mass transfer at a fluid-solid interface. Introduces creeping, potential, and boundary layer flows. Examines macroscopic balances for isothermal systems and interphase transport of multicomponent systems. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7390. Seminar. 0 Hours.

Presents topics of an advanced nature by staff, outside speakers, and students in the graduate program. This course must be attended every semester by all full-time graduate students. Prereq. Chemical engineering students only.

CHME 7962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

CHME 7976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

CHME 7978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7990. Thesis. 1-4 Hours.

Offers analytical and/or experimental work conducted under the direction of the faculty in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. First-year students must attend a graduate seminar program that introduces the students to the methods of choosing a research topic, conducting research, and preparing a thesis. Successful completion of the seminar program is required. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 7994. Thesis Continuation—Part Time. 0 Hours.

Continues thesis work conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member.

CHME 7996. Thesis Continuation. 0 Hours.

Continues thesis work conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty. Prereq. Engineering students only.

CHME 8960. Candidacy Preparation—Doctoral. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to prepare for the PhD qualifying exam under faculty supervision. Prereq. Intended for students who have completed all required PhD course work and have not yet achieved PhD candidacy; students who have not completed all required PhD course work are not allowed to register for this course.

CHME 8964. Co-op Work Experience. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience.

CHME 8966. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

CHME 8982. Readings. 1-4 Hours.

Offers selected readings under the supervision of a faculty member.

CHME 8984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

CHME 8986. Research. 0 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct full-time research under faculty supervision.

CHME 9000. PhD Candidacy Achieved. 0 Hours.

Indicates successful completion of program requirements for PhD candidacy.

CHME 9984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

CHME 9986. Research. 0 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct full-time research under faculty supervision.

CHME 9990. Dissertation. 0 Hours.

Offers theoretical and experimental work conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty. Prereq. PhD candidacy in chemical engineering.

CHME 9996. Dissertation Continuation. 0 Hours.

Continues thesis work conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty. Prereq. CHME 9990 completed twice; chemical engineering students only.