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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Investigating Bismuth as a Surrogate for Plutonium Electrorefining , Greg Chipman

Simulations of Electrode Heterogeneity and Design for Lithium-Ion Batteries , Amir Sina Hamedi

A Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Potential for Molten Salt Property Prediction , Jared Thurgood

Morphogenetic Engineering of Synthetic Protocell Systems , Qinyu Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Methemoglobin Formation via Nitric Oxide and Comparison of Methemoglobin, Deoxyhemoglobin, and Ferrous Nitrosyl Hemoglobin as Potential MRI Contrast Agents , Roya Ayati

Improving Predictions of Vapor Pressure, Liquid Heat Capacity, and Heat of Vaporization in Associating Fluids , Joseph C. Bloxham

The Effect of Soot Models in Oxy-Coal Combustion Simulations , Kamron Groves Brinkerhoff

Modeling of High-Pressure Entrained-Flow Char Oxidation , Daniel Gundersen

Simulation of Crystal Nucleation in Polymer Melts , Pierre Kawak

Understanding Microstructure Heterogeneity in Li-Ion Battery Electrodes Through Localized Measurement of Ionic Transport , Baichuan Liu

Fundamentally Based Investigation and Mathematical Modeling of the Delay Observed in the Early Stages of E-coat Deposition , Fardin Padash

Hybrid Machine Learning and Physics-Based Modeling Approaches for Process Control and Optimization , Junho Park

Autoignition Temperatures of Pure Compounds: Data Evaluation, Experimental Determination, and Improved Prediction , Mark Edward Redd

In-Situ Chlorine Gas Generation for Chlorination and Purification of Rare Earth and Actinide Metals , Mark H. Schvaneveldt

Computational Tools for Modeling and Simulation of Sooting Turbulent Non-Premixed Flames , Victoria B. Stephens

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Structural Characteristics and Thermophysical Properties of Molten Salts From Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations , Austin David Clark

Combined Trajectory, Propulsion and Battery Mass Optimization for Solar-Regenerative High-Altitude Long-Endurance Aircraft , Nathaniel Spencer Gates

Engineering Cell-Free Protein Expression Systems for Biotherapeutics and Biosensing , John Porter Hunt

Investigation of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Fabrication Through a Predictive Particle-Scale Model Validated by Experiments , Mojdeh Nikpour

Improving Understanding of Liquid Viscosity Through Experiments and Prediction , Jeremy W. Passey

Assessment and Expansion of Laboratory-Based Testing of Biomass Cookstoves , Cameron M. Quist

Coal Pyrolysis Models for Use in Massively Parallel Oxyfuel-Fired Boiler Simulations , Andrew Perry Richards

Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Protein Devices and the Parameterization of Azides and Alkynes for Use in Unnatural Amino Acid Models , Addison Kyle Smith

Designing Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Systems for Improved Biocatalysis and On-Demand, Cost-Effective Biosensors , Mehran Soltani Najafabadi

Advancing Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Systems for On-Demand Next-Generation Protein Therapeutics and Clinical Diagnostics , Emily Ann Long Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Use of Viologens in Mediated Glucose Fuel Cells and in Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries to Improve Performance , Meisam Bahari

Narrow Angle Radiometer for Oxy-Coal Combustion , Nicole Ashley Burchfield

Co-Milling and Cofiring of Woody Biomass with Coal in Utility Boilers: Enabling Technology Through Experiments and Modelling , Seyedhassan Fakourian

The Impact of Calendering on the Electronic Conductivity Heterogenity of Lithium-Ion Electrode Films , Emilee Elizabeth Hunter

Understanding the Relationships between Ion Transport, Electrode Heterogeneity, and Li-Ion Cell Degradation Through Modeling and Experiment , Fezzeh Pouraghajansarhamami

Bacteria in Blood: Optimized Recovery of Bacterial DNA for Rapid Identification , Ryan Wood

Experimental and Modeling of Biomass Char Gasification , Ruochen Wu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Improving and Modeling Bacteria Recovery in Hollow Disk System , Clifton Anderson

Replacement Rates of Initially Hydrocarbon-Filled Microscopic Cavities with Water , Hans Christian Larson

Investigation of Electrocoating Mechanisms , Tyler James Marlar

Effect of Support, Preparations Methods, Ag Promotion and NC Size on the Activity, Selectivity and Sintering Deactivation of Supported Co Fischer-Tropsch Catalyst , Mahmood Rahmati

Carbon Capture and Synergistic Energy Storage: Performance and Uncertainty Quantification , Christopher Stephen Russell

Proactive Energy Optimization in Residential Buildings with Weather and Market Forecasts , Cody Ryan Simmons

Correlating Pressure, Fluidization Gas Velocities, andSolids Mass Flowrates in a High-PressureFluidized Bed Coal Feed System , Jacob Talailetalalelei Tuia

Development of a Novel Bioprinting System:Bioprinter, Bioink, Characterizationand Optimization , Chandler Alan Warr

The Development of a Multi-Objective Optimization and Preference Tool to Improve the Design Process of Nuclear Power Plant Systems , Paul Richard Wilding

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Rapid Separation of Bacteria from Blood for Sepsis Diagnosis , Mahsa Alizadeh

Fundamental Investigation of Magnesium Corrosion Using Experiments and Simulation , Dila Ram Banjade

Large-Scale Non-Linear Dynamic Optimization For Combining Applications of Optimal Scheduling and Control , Logan Daniel Beal

Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass: Detailed Gasification and Near-Burner Co-Firing Measurements , Jacob B. Beutler

Homogeneous Reaction Kinetics of Carbohydrates with Viologen Catalysts for Biofuel Cell Applications , Hilary Bingham

The Impact of Nanostructured Templates and Additives on the Performance of Si Electrodes and Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Advanced Battery Applications , Jui Chin Fan

Simulation and Experiments to Understand the Manufacturing Process, Microstructure and Transport Properties of Porous Electrodes , Mohammad Mehdi Forouzan

Smart Technologies for Oil Production with Rod Pumping , Brigham Wheeler Hansen

Modeling Soot Formation Derived from Solid Fuels , Alexander Jon Josephson

Optimization-Based Spatial Positioning and Energy Management for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles , Ronald Abraham Martin

Repopulation and Stimulation of Porcine Cardiac Extracellular Matrix to Create Engineered Heart Patches , Silvia Juliana Moncada Diaz

Camera View Planning for Structure from Motion: Achieving Targeted Inspection Through More Intelligent View Planning Methods , Trent James Okeson

Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for a Managed Pressure Drilling with High-Fidelity Drilling Simulators , Junho Park

Characterization of Pyrolysis Products from Fast Pyrolysis of Live and Dead Vegetation , Mohammad Saeed Safdari

Suitability of the Kalina Cycle for Power Conversion from Pressurized Water Reactors , Jack Ryan Webster

Engineering Cell-Free Biosystems for On-Site Production and Rapid Design of Next-Generation Therapeutics , Kristen Michelle Wilding

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

A Molecular Simulation Study of Antibody-Antigen Interactions on Surfaces for the Rational Design of Next-Generation Antibody Microarrays , Derek B. Bush

Multi-Fidelity Model Predictive Control of Upstream Energy Production Processes , Ammon Nephi Eaton

Improving Thermodynamic Consistency Among Vapor Pressure, Heat of Vaporization, and Liquid and Ideal Gas Heat Capacities , Joseph Wallace Hogge

A Comprehensive Coal Conversion Model Extended to Oxy-Coal Conditions , Troy Michael Holland

Particle Deposition Behavior from Coal-Derived Syngas in Gas Turbines at Modern Turbine Inlet Temperatures , Robert Laycock

Decellularization and Recellularization Processes for Whole Porcine Kidneys , Nafiseh Poornejad

Engineering Cell-free Protein Synthesis Technology for Codon Reassignment, Biotherapeutics Production using Just-add-Water System, and Biosensing Endocrine Disrupting Compounds , Sayed Mohammad Salehi

Cell-Free Synthesis of Proteins with Unnatural Amino Acids: Exploring Fitness Landscapes, Engineering Membrane Proteins and Expanding the Genetic Code , Song Min Schinn

Metallization of Self-Assembled DNA Templates for Electronic Circuit Fabrication , Bibek Uprety

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase Production for Unnatural Amino Acid Incorporation and Preservation of Linear Expression Templates in Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Reactions , Andrew Broadbent

Mitigating Transients and Azeotropes During Natural Gas Processing , Edris Ebrahimzadeh

Dynamic Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Processing with Energy Storage Applications , Farhad Fazlollahi

The Influence of Season, Heating Mode and Slope Angle on Wildland Fire Behavior , Jonathan R. Gallacher

Effects of Tethering Placement and Linker Variations on Antibody Stability on Surfaces , Rebecca Ellen Grawe

Thermal and Convective Loading Methods for Releasing Hydrophobic Therapeutics from Contact Lenses , Ryan Ruben Horne

How a Systematic Approach to Uncertainty Quantification Renders Molecular Simulation a Quantitative Tool in Predicting the Critical Constants for Large n -Alkanes , Richard Alma Messerly

Extracellular Matrix from Whole Porcine Heart Decellularization for Cardiac Tissue Engineering , Nima Momtahan

Developing Modeling, Optimization, and Advanced Process Control Frameworks for Improving the Performance of Transient Energy-Intensive Applications , Seyed Mostafa Safdarnejad

Nanoemulsions Within Liposomes for Cytosolic Drug Delivery to Multidrug-Resistant Cancer Cells , Jacob Brian Williams

Nerve Regeneration Using Lysophosphatidylcholine and Nerve Growth Factor , Ryan LaVar Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Nonlinear Estimation and Control with Application to Upstream Processes , Reza Asgharzadeh Shishavan

Galvanic Corrosion of Magnesium Coupled to Steel at High Cathode-to-Anode Area Ratios , Dila Ram Banjade

An Improved Dynamic Particle Packing Model for Prediction of the Microstructure in Porous Electrodes , Chien-Wei Chao

The Performance of Structured High-Capacity Si Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries , Jui Chin Fan

Energy Process Enabled by Cryogenic Carbon Capture , Mark Jensen

The Effect of Microstructure On Transport Properties of Porous Electrodes , Serena Wen Peterson

Stochastic Simulation of Lagrangian Particle Transport in Turbulent Flows , Guangyuan Sun

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Kinetic Experimental and Modeling Studies on Iron-Based Catalysts Promoted with Lanthana for the High-Temperature Water-Gas Shift Reaction Characterized with Operando UV-Visible Spectroscopy and for the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis , Basseem Bishara Hallac

Preparation of Active, Stable Supported Iron Catalysts and Deactivation by Carbon of Cobalt Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis , Kamyar Keyvanloo

Gasification of Biomass, Coal, and Petroleum Coke at High Heating Rates and Elevated Pressure , Aaron D. Lewis

Enhancement of Mass Transfer and Electron Usage for Syngas Fermentation , James J. Orgill

Measurement and Modeling of Fire Behavior in Leaves and Sparse Shrubs , Dallan R. Prince

Optimized Photogrammetric Network Design with Flight Path Planner for UAV-based Terrain Surveillance , Ivan Yair Rojas

Engineering Cell-Free Systems for Vaccine Development, Self-Assembling Nanoparticles and Codon Reassignment Applications , Mark T. Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Aqueous Henry's Law Constants, Infinite Dilution Activity Coefficients, and Water Solubility: Critically Evaluated Database, Experimental Analysis, and Prediction Methods , Sarah Ann Brockbank

A Kinetic Study of Aqueous Calcium Carbonate , Derek Daniel Harris

Foundational Work in Bioelectrochemical Anaerobic Reactor Design with Electron Mediators , Christopher D. Hoeger

Novel Liposomes for Targeted Delivery of Drugs and Plasmids , Marjan Javadi

A Dynamic Optimization Framework with Model Predictive Control Elements for Long Term Planning of Capacity Investments in a District Energy System , Jose Luis Mojica Velazquez

The Effect of Carbon Additives on the Microstructure and Performance of Alkaline Battery Cathodes , Douglas Robert Nevers

Cryogenic Carbon Capture using a Desublimating Spray Tower , Bradley J. Nielson

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Chemical Engineering Theses and Dissertations

Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Development and the Use of a New Kinetically Limited Linear Driving Force Model for Diffusion-Based Adsorptive Separations , Sulaimon Adedayo Adegunju

Revisiting the Volumetric Swing Frequency Response Method for the Determination of Limiting Mass Transfer Mechanisms of N 2 and O 2 in Carbon Molecular Sieve 3K172 , Adam Marshall Burke

Design of a TVSA Cycle for CO 2 Removal From Spacecraft Cabins Using a Structured Adsorbent , Pravin Bosco Charles Antony Amalraj

The Impact of Using Tanks for the Equalization Step on the Performance of a PSA Process , Behnam Fakhari Kisomi

Mathematical Analysis of Electrochemical Systems , Shiv Krishna Reddy Madi Reddy

New Perspectives and Insights Into Direct Epoxidation of C 3 H 6 Using O 2 and Ag Based Catalysts and Measurement of Active Ag Site Concentration of Promoted Ag Catalyst for C 2 H 4 Epoxidation by H 2 Pulse Titration Over Oxygen Pre-covered Surface , Md Masudur Rahman

First Principles Doping Analysis of Perovskite- And Ruddlesden-Popper-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cells , Nicholas Alexander Szaro

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Synthesis, Characterization and Evaluation of Dilute Limit Alloy Bimetallic Catalysts for Bio-Oil Upgrading , Leandro Tagum De Castro

Supported Metal Bifunctional and Bimetallic Catalysts With Precisely Controlled Structures and Properties , Anhua Dong

Highly Active and Stable Low-Pgm and Pgm-Free Catalysts for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells , Horie Adabi Firouzjaie

Catalytic Cracking of Oxygenated Polymer Waste Via Zeolite Catalysts , Andrew Jaeschke

Fundamentals of Adsorption and Large Scale Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Process Design , Huan Jiang

Molecular Theoretical Model for Lipid Bilayers: Adsorption of Lipidated Proteins on Lipid Bilayers as a Function of Bilayer Composition and Curvature , Shauna Celeste Kennard

Liquid Phase Modeling in Metal Catalysis and in Zeolites , Subrata Kumar Kundu

Observing and Modeling Water Electrolysis Performance Limitations Attributed to Gas Generation and Porous Media Properties , Joseph S. Lopata

Rational Synthesis of Ultra-small and Durable Platinum-based Catalysts for Renewable Energy Applications , Fahim Bin Abdur Rahman

Durability Enhancement of Anion Exchange Membrane Based Fuel Cells (AEMFCS) And Water Electrolyzers (AEMELs) By Understanding Degradation Mechanisms , Noor UI Hassan

First-Principles Based Heterogeneous Catalyst Design for Energy Conversion and Plastics Upcycling Processes , Kyung-Eun You

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Recent Advances in Catalytic Ethylene Epoxidation: Synthesis, Characterization, and Evaluation , Benjamin Thomas Egelske

Mitigating Corrosion and Enhancing Energy Density of Zinc-Based Anodes in Primary and Secondary Aqueous Batteries , Ehsan Faegh

From the Surface to the Reactor: Identifying the Active Sites for Propane Dehydrogenation on Platinum-Based Catalysts Through Density Functional Theory, Experimental Data, and Uncertainty Quantification , Charles Henry Fricke

Polymer Microparticles for Encapsulation and Presentation Of Anti-inflammatory Agents for Inflammatory Diseases , Christopher Isely

Fine Points for Broad Bumps: The Extension of Rietveld Refinement for Benchtop Powder XRD Analysis of Ultra-Small Supported Nanoparticles , Jeremiah W. Lipp

Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass Derived Sugar Alcohols To Platform Chemicals Using Heterogeneous Catalysts , Blake MacQueen

Discovery and Investigation of Ammonia Decomposition Catalysts , Katherine McCullough

An Investigation of Strong Electrostatic Adsorption Using Formed Commercial Supports , Connor Brendan McDonough

Degradative Processes of Commercial and Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Battery Materials , Benjamin Ng

Structure and Stability of AG-IR Bimetallic Catalysts Prepared By Electroless Deposition and Synthesis and Performance of High Selectivity Movnbsbteox Mixed Oxides for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane , Mozhdeh Parizad

Development of a Multi-Scale Mechano-Electrochemical Battery Model , Drew J. Pereira

Catalytic and Non-catalytic Methods for Hydrocarbon Upgrading, Valorization, and Pollutant Control , Michael Morgan Royko

Mathematical Model for SEI Growth Under Open-Circuit Conditions , Wei Shang

Shape-Selective Silver Catalysts for Ethylene Epoxidation , Kaveh Shariati

Heterogeneous Extended Langmuir Model with a Truncated Multi-Normal Energy Distribution for Fitting Unary Data and Predicting Mixed-Gas Adsorption Equilibria , Sofia Tosso

Preparation, Characterization and Evaluation of Rationally Designed Catalysts by Electroless Deposition , Wen Xiong

Solvent Effect Modeling in Heterogenous Catalysis , Mehdi Zare

Quantifying and Elucidating the Effect of CO 2 on AEMFCs , Yiwei Zheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Influence of Coordination Environment on Catalyst Structure and Function for CO2 Hydrogenation and Ethane Partial Oxidation , Juan D. Jimenez

Mathematical Modeling of Lithium-Sulfur Batteries , Niloofar Kamyab

Fundamental Studies of Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Alkaline Electrochemical Cells , Victoria F. Mattick

The Development of Polymer Constructs for Adipose Tissue Engineering Applications , Kendall Murphy

Investigation of Oxidized Carbon Supported AU Catalysts Synthesized via Strong Electrostatic Adsorption of AU(en) 2 Cl 3 for the Hydrochlorination of Acetylene to Vinyl Chloride Monomer , Sean Reginald Noble

Solid Materials Discovery for Thin Films, Oxide Catalysts, and Polymer Sealants , Benjamin Ruiz-Yi

Multi-Scale Modeling for Transport Study Inside Porous Layers of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Using Direct Numerical Simulation , Pongsarun Satjaritanun

Volume Frequency Response Method for Determining Mass Transfer Mechanisms of O2 in Carbon Molecular Sieve 3K172 , Olivia Smithson

Theoretical Investigation of the Biomass Conversion on Transition Metal Surfaces Based on Density Functional Theory Calculations and Machine Learning , Wenqiang Yang

Hydrogenation of Dimethyl Oxalate to Ethylene Glycol Over Silica Supported Copper Catalysts , Xinbin Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Heterogeneous Catalysis for the Upgrading of Biomass Derived Chemicals via Hydrodeoxygenation , Elizabeth Barrow

Flame Spray Pyrolysis of Ce-Mn Solid Solutions for Catalytic Applications , Nicole Cordonnier

Molecular Modeling of Tethered Polyelectrolytes for Novel Biomedical Applications , Merina Jahan

Electrode Development and Electrocatalysts Design for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells , Xiong Peng

Liquid Phase Modeling in Heterogeneous Catalysis , Mohammad Shamsus Saleheen

The Use of Multi-Targeting Natural Products for the Treatment of Cancer , Wesley Taylor

Discovery of Materials Through Applied Machine Learning , Travis Williams

Enabling High Energy Density Aluminum Anodes for Alkaline Batteries , Xinyi Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Selective Deposition of Platinum by Strong Electrostatic Adsorption onto Cobalt- and Iron-based Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis , Fahad A. Almalki

Nox Formation In Syngas/Air Combustion , Nazli Asgari

Dynamic Simulation of a Solar Powered Hybrid sulfur Process for Hydrogen Production , Satwick Boddu

Role Of Bed Design Characteristics On The Effective Thermal Conductivity Of A Structured Adsorbent , Pravin Bosco Charles Antony Amalraj

Hydrodeoxygenation of Acetic Acid Using Monometallic and Bimetallic Catalysts Supported on Carbon , José Luis Contreras Mora

Design, Synthesis, And Characterization Of Monometallic And Bimetallic Catalysts , Sonia Eskandari

Fundamental Aspects Of A Novel Technology For Abatement Of Indoor Allergens , Odell Lendor Glenn Jr.

Development Of Bimetallic Catalysts For Dry Reforming Of Methane And Hydrogenation Of Succinic Acid , Jayson Michael Keels

Combinatorial Study of Oxidation Catalysts: Uncovering Synthesis-Structure-Activity Relationships , Kathleen B. Mingle

Stabilization Of Silicon And Germanium Based High Capacity Anodes For Lithium Ion Batteries , Kuber Mishra

The Rational Synthesis of Bimetallic Catalysts on Oxide Supports , Andrew Phillip Wong

Three-Way Catalysts In Passive Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems , Calvin Thomas

Three-Way Catalysts in Passive Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems , Calvin Thomas

Understanding Early Amyloid-ß Aggregation to Engineer Polyacid-Functionalized Nanoparticles as an Inhibitor Design Platform , Nicholas Vander Munnik

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Treatment Of Natural Biomaterials For Tissue Engineering Applications , Dominic M. Casali

Pollutant Formation In Oxy-Coal Combustion , Nujhat Choudhury

Structural, Interfacial, and Electrochemical Properties of Pr2NiO4+δ – Based Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells , Emir Dogdibegovic

Modeling Battery Performance Due To Volume Change In Porous Electrodes Due To Intercalation , Taylor R. Garrick

Rational Synthesis Of Catalysts For Biomass Conversion , Qiuli Liu

Theoretical Investigation of the Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Levulinic Acid Over Ru (0001) Catalyst Surface , Osman Mamun

CO2 Capture From Flue Gas By A PSA Process Using A Novel Structured Adsorbent , Nima Mohammadi

Statistical Mechanics of Lipid-Liquid Crystal Systems: From Fundamentals to Sensing Applications , Donya Ohadi Kabir Maghsudlu

Determination and Validation of High-Pressure Equilibrium Adsorption Isotherms via a Volumetric System , Hind Jihad Kadhim Shabbani

Development of Novel Catalysts for Air Pollution Control , Chao Wang

Stilbenes: Therapeutic Interventions Targeting Amyloid β Protein Aggregation In Alzheimer’s Disease , Yiying Wang

Ultrathin Graphene Oxide Membranes for Water Purification: Fundamentals & Potential Applications , Weiwei Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Oxidation And Decoration Chemistry Of Platinum And Palladium Nanoparticles On Carbon Supports , Ritubarna Banerjee

Biodegradable Hybrid Tissue Engineering Scaffolds For Reconstruction Of Large Bone Defects , Danial Barati

Development of Novel High-Throughput Methodologies to Evaluate the Thermal Stability of High-Temperature Thin-Film Crystals for Energy Applications , Jonathan Kenneth Bunn

Rational Synthesis to Optimize Ruthenium-Based Biomass Conversion Catalysts , Shuo Cao

Two-Stage Psa System For CO2 Removal And Concentration During Closed-Loop Human Space Exploration Missions , Hanife Erden

Methane Separation And Purification Via Pressure Swing Adsorption , Lutfi Erden

Adsorption Reversibility of SO2, NO2, and NO on 13X and 5A Zeolites , Peter Fairchild

Investigation Of Heterogeneous Chemistry Of Pollutants In Flue Gas For Air And Oxy-Combustion , Benjamin D. Galloway

Development Of Highly Active And Stable Compressive Pt Cathode Catalysts For Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells , Taekeun Kim

Synthesis of Well Dispersed Supported Metal Catalysts by Strong Electrostatic Adsorption and Electroless Deposition , John Meynard Macasero Tengco

Characterization, Synthesis And Stabilization Of AU Based Bimetallic Catalysis For The Hydrochlorination Of Acetylene , Kerry Charles O'Connell

Polyphenols As Natural, Dual-Action Therapeutics For Alzheimer's Disease , Kayla M. Pate

Development Of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Processor CO2 Capture From Flue Gas , Md. Atikur Rahman

Rational Design and Synthesis of Pt/Silica-Alumina Metal-Acid Bifunctional Catalysts , Jadid Ettaz Samad

Electrochemical Reduction Of Carbon Dioxide On Carbon Nanostructures: Defect Structures & Electrocatalytic Activity , Pranav Parag Sharma

Ultrathin Microporous Metal Oxide Coatings: Preparation by Molecular Layer Deposition, Characterization And Application , Zhuonan Song

Mathematical Modeling Of Transport And Corrosion Phenomenon Inside High Temperature Molten Salt Systems , Bahareh Alsadat Tavakoli Mehrabadi

Uncertainty Quantification In Computational Catalysis , Eric Alan Walker

PVDF Membranes with Stable, Ultrathin Graphene Oxide (GO) Functional Coatings for Antifouling Oil/Water Separation under Cross-Flow Condition , Lei Wang

Development of a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Cycle for CO2 Capture From Flue Gas Using a 4-Bed PSA Apparatus , Joshua White

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2022 Chemical Engineering Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: significance of carbon-based nanomaterials in drug delivery and how has the incorporation of carbon-based nanomaterials transformed the uk pharmaceutical sector.

Research Aim: The aim of the study is to focus on the importance of carbon-based nanomaterials in drug delivery and the transformation of the UK pharmaceutical sector with the incorporation of carbon-based nanomaterials

Objectives:

  • To shed light on the concept of carbon-based nanomaterials and their importance in drug delivery
  • To understand the transformation of the UK pharmaceutical sector with the use of carbon-based nanomaterials
  • To recommend solutions in order to mitigate challenges related to the use of carbon-based nanomaterials

Topic 2: An investigation into the different applications and challenges of using lithium iron phosphate battery in EV, a case study of Tesla

Research Aim: The aim of this research study is to investigate the different applications and challenges of using lithium iron phosphate batteries in EVs. The case study of Tesla is considered.

  • To understand the concept of lithium iron phosphate battery
  • To explore the significance of lithium iron phosphate batteries in electric vehicles
  • To examine the different benefits of using lithium iron phosphate batteries in Tesla
  • To analyse the different challenges of using lithium iron phosphate battery in Tesla

Topic 3: How is the UK manufacturing industry getting smart with the integration of nanomaterials?

Research Aim: The research aim focuses on integrating nanomaterials in the UK manufacturing sector and thus making it smart.

  • To analyse the concept of nanomaterials
  • To explore the importance of nanomaterials in consumer products
  • To shed light on how the UK manufacturing sector is becoming smart with the use of nanomaterials

Topic 4: An examination of different technologies adopted in the UK chemical sector to treat industrial waste water.

Research Aim: The research aims to explain different technologies adopted in the UK chemical sector to treat industrial waste water.

  • To understand different sources of industrial waste that lead to water pollution
  • To analyse the current scenario of water pollution by the UK chemical sector and the laws formed to regulate this pollution
  • To examine different technologies used by the UK chemical sector to minimise water pollution and treat industrial waste water

Topic 5: Exploring the benefits and challenges of incorporating thermophotovoltaics in UK residential areas.

Research Aim: The aim of the study is to evaluate the benefits and challenges of incorporating thermophotovoltaics in UK residential areas.

  • To understand the current state of electricity consumption in UK residential areas
  • To discuss the concept of thermophotovoltaics and explore the benefits of using this device in UK residential areas
  • To determine the challenges of using this device in UK residential areas

Chemical Engineering Research Topics

Topic 1: improving supercapacitors: designing conformal nanoporous polyaniline..

Research Aim: This research aims to engineer conformal nanoporous polyaniline through the process of oxidative chemical vapour deposition and to note its potential use in the improvement of supercapacitors. The study will look into the various advantages of the oxidative chemical vapour process in the formation and integration of conducting polymers over the conventional solution-based methods. It will also address and look into the potential use of the nanoporous polyaniline in increasing a supercapacitor’s energy storage ability and power density.

Topic 2: Complete Engineering of Metal-Free Carbon-Based Electrocatalysts.

Research Aim: The focus of this research is to both electronically and structurally engineer a Carbon-based and metal-free electrocatalyst that can be employed in the splitting of water. Such electrocatalysts will be able to substitute the conventional catalyst used, Platinum, for this process. We will observe if it proves to be a cheaper material that offers clean and sustainable energy conversion reactions. In this attempt, the study will also electronically and structurally construct a Carbon-based electrocatalyst to improve its catalytic performance in any reaction it is used in.

Topic 3: Heterostructure Engineering of BiOBrxI1-x/BiOBr for efficient Molecular Oxygen Activation and Organic Pollutant Degradation.

Research Aim: This research will look into the formation of a heterojunction structure of BiOBrxI1-x/BiOBr into a photocatalyst. This photocatalyst will have the ability to degrade some organic pollutants and oilfield wastes in an ideal and efficient manner to reduce pollution and release air pollutants. This will further provoke the idea of enhanced molecular oxygen activation capacity of bismuth oxyhalide photocatalysts for the same reason.

Topic 4: The Control of Key Bio functions by The Chemical Synthesis of Glycosaminoglycan-mimetic Polymer.

Research Aim: The research will look at the different advantages of chemically synthesising glycosaminoglycan-mimetic polymer over naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan. The study will also highlight the critical importance of this synthetic polymer over its naturally occurring counterpart in the controlling of essential bio functions in an organism.

Topic 5: The Catalytic Applications of Chemically Designed Palladium-Based Nanoarchitectures.

Research Aim: This research will look into the future development of chemically designed Palladium based catalysts. The study will also be looking into their various applications. This research will also discuss the use of the different types of palladium-based nano architectures, which include alloys, intermetallic compounds, etc., against the limitations of pure palladium in the reactions it is used in.

Topic 6: To Achieve an Efficiency of That Over 15% in Organic Photovoltaic Cells.

Research Aim: This research will focus on achieving an efficiency of 15% or more in an organic photovoltaic cell using a copolymer design. This is because ternary blending and copolymerisation strategies have been noted to boost photovoltaic performance in photovoltaic organic solar cells by a certain degree. It will also discuss the applications of this enhanced photovoltaic cell in practical production and use soon.

Topic 7: To Achieve Efficient Hydrogen Production Through Chemically Activated Molybdenum Disulphide (MoS2).

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Topic 1: organic redox and electrolyte development for semi-organic dry cell and flow battery production development..

Research Aim: Electrochemical technology advancement could optimize renewable energy for value-added chemical processing. This research will use organic redox species-rich electrical chemistry to generate new dry cell and flow batteries.

Topic 2: Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

Research Aim: This research aims to identify the relationship between Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

Topic 3: Influence of Chemicals on Environment

Research Aim: This research aims to measure the influence of Chemicals on Environmental Management

Topic 4: How is industrial chemistry revolutionising?

Research Aim: This research aims to identify how industrial chemistry is revolutionising

Topic 5: Method of Preparing Hydrogen by Using Solar Energy

Research Aim: This research aims to focus on the method of preparing hydrogen by using solar energy

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Topic 8: engineering enterprise systems impact on the project design of oxygen scavenging nanoparticles.

Research Aim: The research will analyse how the implementation of an engineering enterprise system influences the design cycle of material production. The study will use material production projects related to oxygen scavenging nanoparticles as the case with which research will be conducted. The study aims to understand how enterprise systems can be implemented in material production to reduce costs and ensure the project is completed on time. The quality of the material is not compromised.

Topic 9: The Efficient Detoxification of Toxic Metals and Dyes Under visible Light Illumination.

Research Aim: This research will discuss the heterojunction of Fe2O3 on BOC (Bismuth carbonate) to increase the efficiency of detoxifying toxic metals and dyes by visible light illumination. It will also explain the effect of Fe2O3 heterojunction on the photocatalytic impact, solar harvesting ability, and enhanced charge carrier ability of BOC.

Topic 10: The Deformation of Geopolymers Based From Metakaolin Through Chemical Procedures.

Research Aim: This research will look into the chemical deformation process individually and the effect of these deformations on the volume stability in binder materials. It will focus on the impact of deformation in metakaolin based geopolymers as they experience three stages of deformation due to chemical procedures.

Topic 11: Improving The Mechanical Properties Of Oil-impregnated Casting Nylon Monomers Through Chemically Functionalized SiO2.

Research Aim: The research will discuss the effect of chemically functionalizing SiO2 in an attempt to observe any changes in oil-impregnated monomers of casting nylon. It will explain the changes observed in the casting nylons tensile strength, elastic modulus, notched impact strength, flexural strength, and flexural modulus.

Topic 12: Increasing The Electrocatalytic Effect of 2H-WS2 By Defect Engineering For The Process Of Hydrogen Evolution.

Research Aim: The research will attempt to increase the electrocatalytic effect of 2H-WS2 to increase the active sites found on the compound to achieve an efficient method to evolve hydrogen gas from evolution reactions. The electrocatalyst is evaluated both theoretically and experimentally for better results.

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Topic 13: the control of water kinematics in a water solution of low deuterium concentration..

Research Aim: The research will study the effects of the change in deuterium concentration in water. The study will compare the kinematics of deuterium depleted water, the average concentration of deuterium, and that of hard water (D2O).

Topic 14: To Assess the Temporal Control Photo-Mediated Controlled Radical Polymerization Reactions.

Research Aim: The research will examine the effect of light control over some photo-mediated polymerisation reactions. It will also observe the changes in the polymer when the light is on and when it is off.

Topic 15: The Influence of Life Cycle Assessment and Eco-design for Green Chemical Engineering.

Research Aim: The research will analyse how the implementation of life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-design concepts in a chemical engineering company solves design issues from a technical, social, economic, and environmental viewpoint. The research will use empirical data to conduct the study, performing a survey of chemical engineers from various companies throughout the UK.

Topic 16: Using Techniques of Structural Engineering To Design Flexible Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Research Aim: In this research, various techniques of structural engineering are implemented to obtain a flexible lithium-ion battery, which can be used in such electronic devices which can function even in extreme deformations such as flexible displays, flexible tools, and any wearable devices. It will analyse the battery based on the structural design at both component and device levels.

Topic 17: Applying Chemical Looping Technology On Cerium-Iron Mixed Oxides for Production of Hydrogen and Syngas.

Research Aim: This research will prepare impure hydrogen gas by the looping method to generate syngas. At the same time, a mix of cerium and iron oxides is prepared to form oxygen carriers. It will apply different techniques to obtain more efficient methods for the formation of hydrogen gas and CeO2.Fe2O3 to for syngas.

Topic 18: Designing Fracture Resistant Lithium Metal Anodes with Bulk Nanostructured Materials.

Research Aim: The research will attempt to use bulk nanostructured materials on lithium metal anodes to form such anodes with the stress exerted by a passing electrical flow that is equally distributed to avoid fracturing. This method will allow creating fracture-resistant lithium metal anodes in high rate electric cycles with a larger capacity.

Topic 19: To Obtain Efficient Photo-Chemical Splitting of Water by Surface Engineering Of Nanomaterials.

Research Aim: The research discusses the effects of various surface engineering techniques in the process of water splitting. Surface engineering alters the surface layer of the electrolyte in an attempt to add a significant change in the production of hydrogen gas during water splitting. It will also discuss the challenges faced by surface engineering and potential opportunities in applying this method in future uses.

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Topic 20: assessing the competencies of personal skills in chemical engineers..

Research Aim: The research will analyse the impact of chemical engineers’ transferable skills or personal skills using PLS-SEM. The study will examine the variables of communications, teamwork, IT skills, self-learning, numeracy, and problem-solving to understand chemical engineers’ competencies better.

Topic 21: The Impact of Communication Skills on Team-Individual Conflict of Chemical Engineers.

Research Aim: The research will examine, using qualitative methodologies, the impact of technical workshops that focus on speaking and writing on team-individual conflicts of chemical engineers in various UK industries. The research aims to understand how specific communications skills focusing on technical ability affect conflict situations in industrial environments.

Topic 22: Using Social Network Analysis to Assess Management in Chemical Enterprises.

Research Aim: The research uses social network analysis (SNA) to analyse the management systems of chemical enterprises. The data will be collected through a psychometric questionnaire to assess variables of communication, governance, work environment, and other management components. The research aims to comprehend how these variables interact to ensure the appropriate management of chemical enterprises.

Topic 23: The Impact of Process Systems Engineering on Sustainable Chemical Engineering.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the impact of process system engineering (PSE) on achieving sustainable chemical engineering. The study will focus on metrics, product design, process design, and process dynamics to better understand if it aids industries to become more sustainable. The research methodology will be mixed methods based on collecting data from questionnaires and interviews.

Topic 24: To Observe the Effect of Water-Splitting in Acidic Environment By Using Transition-Metal-Doped Rulr Biofunctional Nanocrystals.

Research Aim: This research will use the Ruler alloy as an electrocatalyst due to its bio-functionality and efficiency in oxygen-evolving and hydrogen evolving reactions. These observations will be taken in an acidic environment due to the necessity of developing the proton exchange membrane for producing clean hydrogen fuel.

Topic 25: Using The Mono-Doping and Co-Doping Processes to Obtain Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalysts From N-Doped Carbon Nanomaterial

Research Aim: This research discusses the recent advancements in producing N-doped carbon electrocatalysts prepared by mono-, co-, and N-doping processes with other heteroatoms. It will also discuss the possibilities of developing a more sustainable electrocatalyst.

Topic 26: Synthesising Ultra-High Surface Area Porous Carbon by The Use Of Fungi- A Literature Review

Research Aim: The research will attempt to use a systematic literature review methodology to organise and discuss the characteristic degradation of fungi to isolate suitable and tailored microstructures which benefit a subsequent amount of carbonization and chemical activation.

Topic 27: Using Various Biogas and Manure Types To Synthesise A Biogas Supply Network.

Research Aim: This research will attempt to form a supply of biogas to generate electricity over a monthly time period. We will develop a generic mixture of manure and vegetative materials to build a biogas mixture for this purpose. It will then note the amounts of material used for the mix and note the changes to the number of electricity formations if we change the ratio of the original mix.

Topic 28: The Role of Surface Hydroxyls On the Activity And Stability Of Electrochemical Reduction Of Carbon Dioxide.

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The field of chemical engineering is vast and interrelated to so many other academic disciplines like  civil engineering ,  construction , engineering , mechanical engineering , and more. That is why it is imperative to create a chemical engineering dissertation topic that is particular, sound, and actually solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field.

We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic; it is the basis of your entire research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your topic wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, and there is a possibility that the study is not viable.

This impacts your time and efforts in  writing your dissertation , as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the very initial stage of the dissertation. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this particular stage of your dissertation.

While developing a research topic, keeping our advice in mind will allow you to pick one of the best chemical engineering dissertation topics that fulfil your requirement of writing a research paper and add to the body of knowledge.

Therefore, it is recommended that when finalising your dissertation topic, you read recently published literature to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.

Remember- dissertation topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and be practically implemented. Take a look at some of our sample chemical engineering dissertation topics to get an idea for your own dissertation.

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  • Introduction : This chapter includes the project rationale, research background, key research aims and objectives, and the research problems. An outline of the structure of a dissertation can also be added to this chapter.
  • Literature Review :  This chapter presents relevant theories and frameworks by analysing published and unpublished literature available on the chosen research topic in light of the research questions to be addressed. The purpose is to highlight and discuss the relative weaknesses and strengths of the selected research area whilst identifying any research gaps. Break down of the topic, and key terms can positively impact your dissertation and your tutor.
  • Methodology: The  data collection  and  analysis methods and techniques employed by the researcher are presented in the Methodology chapter, which usually includes  research design, research philosophy, research limitations, code of conduct, ethical consideration, data collection methods, and  data analysis strategy .
  • Findings and Analysis: Findings of the research are analysed in detail under the Findings and Analysis chapter. All key findings/results are outlined in this chapter without interpreting the data or drawing any conclusions. It can be useful to include  graphs ,  charts, and  tables in this chapter to identify meaningful trends and relationships.
  • Discussion and  Conclusion: The researcher presents his interpretation of the results in this chapter and states whether the research hypothesis has been verified or not. An essential aspect of this section of the paper is to link the results and evidence from the literature. Recommendations with regards to implications of the findings and directions for the future may also be provided. Finally, a summary of the overall research, along with final judgments, opinions, and comments, must be included in the form of suggestions for improvement.
  • References:  This should be completed in accordance with your University’s requirements
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  • Appendices: Any additional information, diagrams, and graphs used to complete the  dissertation  but not part of the dissertation should be included in the Appendices chapter. Essentially, the purpose is to expand the information/data.

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P-graph model for reverse osmosis network for water processing , Allysa Rae P. Aguilar, Jahnea Denise B. Bermejo, Cee Jay Z. Regala, and Ghielen C. Zenarosa

Life cycle assessment of phosphoric acid based geopolymer adsorbents , Antoinette Joy L. Argonza, Niño Matthew D. Magsano, and James Anthony S. Santa Ana

Determining the bioenergy potential of multiple crops (palm oil, soybean and sugarcane) in the Philippines by land suitability analysis , JV Nicole Pausal Bacayo, Lorraine Ysabel Abesamis Laconico, Denise Alyssa Cordero Somera, and Chloe Brianna Valbuena Teng

Development of a prototype model for the planning of hybrid renewable energy polygeneration systems in off-grid communities , Michael Renz Gueco Buan, Melanie Joy Viray Hauschild, and Amanda Louise Salay Nunag

Comparison of subcritical fluid extraction and microwave-assisted extraction of phenolic compounds from Chlorella sorokiniana , Frechette Anne P. Burog, Krishel Eunice O. Ngo, and Kiara Denesse A. Rentuza

Land suitability evaluation of Philippine sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) for potential conversion to biodiesel , Aaron John V. Cerame, Alexis C. Lopez, Frando Romel C. Sol, and Maria Danielle B. Yamsuan

Evaluation of the physico-chemical properties and antioxidant activity of lambanog , Eraica Pearl Oraa Chan, Kyana Renae Chan Cua, Danica Allyana Dy Ng, and Karolyn Clea Alpas Villaroman

Acid mine drainage treatment using a process train with low grade ore, concrete waste, and limestone as treatment media , Kristina Shi Cordero, Gillian Sue Lim Tan, and Aileen Lo Santos

Effect of sonication power on the degree of cell removal and scaffold integrity of decellularized porcine kidney cortex using a bath-type sonicator , John Ray C. Estrellado and Maria Gabrielle Y. Galang

Bayesian classifier for identifying secure CO2 reservoirs , Aloysius Gerard M. Lubi, Christian Michael A. Moneda, Diane D. Quitain, and Scientifica N. Lim

P-graph approach in value chain modeling of rice husk-fired biomass processes , Michael Reiji A. Maleniza

Profiling of the antibacterial activity of a hypothetical surface containing Ag and Cu nanoparticles using the finite difference method , Alyza Claire A. Morales, Marie Danielle S. Necio, and Sofia Isabelle D. Pabale

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Water usage optimization in a fish processing industry through resource conservation networks with material interception schemes using p-graph approach , Marc Joshua Abad, Clyde Austin Dy Chua, and Andrew Felix Ching Go

A binary hyperbox classifier model for hydrogen storage in magnesium (Mg) and complex hydrides , John Andrei S. Acantilado, K Anthea C. Rana, and Jared Ethan M. Santos

Optimization of a bench-scale magnetic induction thermal reactor for carbon nanotube (CNT) production over metal catalysts , Jonel E. Almario, Gregory Grant U. Faelden, Adrian Paul A. Payumo, and Fernando Jose M. Yupangco

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Performance evaluation of pilot-scale A2O reactor as a biological nutrient removal from municipal wastewater , Patricia C. Lee and Aiah Kristine A. Reyes

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Chemical engineering is one of the most broadly-based engineering disciplines. Its field of practice covers the development, design, and control of processes and products that involve molecular change, both chemical and biological, and the operation of such processes. Because many of the products that sustain and improve life are produced by carefully designed and controlled molecular changes, the chemical engineer serves in a wide variety of industries. These industries range from chemical and energy companies to producers of all types of consumer and specialty products, pharmaceuticals, textiles, polymers, advanced materials, and solid-state and biomedical devices.

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The chemical engineering degree program prepares students for professional practice in chemically related careers after the bachelor's degree or an advanced degree. Chemical engineering graduates are expected to attain the following capabilities at or within a few years of graduation: apply the fundamentals of science and engineering to solve important chemical engineering problems in industry, government or academic settings; communicate effectively and demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to lead and/or participate in multidisciplinary projects; apply life-long learning to meet professional and personal goals of their chosen profession, including graduate study; articulate and practice professional, ethical, environmental and societal responsibilities, and value different global and cultural perspectives. To meet the program objective, the faculty has designed a rigorous, demanding, and state-of-the-art curriculum that integrates lectures and laboratory experience in basic science, mathematics, engineering science, engineering design, and the liberal arts.

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Chemical engineering students who are in the Engineering Honors Program and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 may take the honors research course, Chemical Engineering 679H . In this course the student performs research over two consecutive semesters under the supervision of a faculty member, makes two oral presentations, and writes a thesis. Chemical Engineering 679H may be used to fulfill either the approved area electives requirement or the approved area electives in chemical engineering requirement.

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Because of the broad training in natural sciences and engineering received by the chemical engineer, opportunities are provided for students also to develop particular talents and interests in one or two areas of emphasis. Each student must complete 12 semester hours in one of the following areas or six semester hours in each of two areas. These courses must include at least two engineering courses, of which one must be in Chemical Engineering. If two technical option areas are selected, then two courses from each technical option area should be completed. The technical area courses should be discussed with a faculty advisor during faculty advising for the next registration period. The courses listed in each area do not constitute a complete list of technical option area courses but illustrate the types of courses that are generally suitable for a given area. A list of suggested complementary biology, physics, mathematics, and chemistry electives for each of the technical option areas is available from the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Office and published on the departmental Web page.

Students who are interested in seeking an advanced degree in chemical engineering are encouraged to discuss their plans with the graduate advisor or another faculty member. They should also inquire about undergraduate research positions in the department.

For all areas, CHE 325L and 377K may be counted as chemical engineering electives. Chemical Engineering 377K may be counted only once toward the degree.

The chemical process industry is one of the most advanced in the applications of modern design and control techniques and computer technology. Competence in design, economics, fault detection, optimization, control, and simulation is essential in this industry. Chemical engineers are also frequently involved in the development of new consumer and specialty products, an assignment that requires not only technical skills but also an understanding of the principles of successful marketing and quality control. Chemical engineering courses in this technical focus area cover topics such as optimization and statistical quality control, while courses in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering deal with both theory and applications in statistics, computer control, economic analysis, and operations research.

Chemical Engineering 341 , Design for Environment Chemical Engineering 342 , Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis   Chemical Engineering 356 , Optimization: Theory and Practice Chemical Engineering 376K , Process Evaluation and Quality Control Chemical Engineering 379 , Topics in Chemical Engineering * Electrical and Computer Engineering 370K , Computer Control Systems Electrical and Computer Engineering 379K * Architectural Engineering 323K , Project Management and Economics   Mechanical Engineering 335 , Engineering Statistics   Mechanical Engineering 348F , Advanced Mechatronics II   Mechanical Engineering 353 , Engineering Finance   Mechanical Engineering 366L , Operations Research Models   Marketing 320F , Foundations of Marketing Upper-division mathematics course

*Approved topics

Advances in technology and improvements in our quality of life are linked to the development, processing, and manufacture of engineering materials. Materials span the spectrum from “hard” to “soft” materials and include metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers; all are prepared in carefully controlled chemical processes. These materials are used technologically in objects such as catalysts, fuel cells, microelectronic devices, membranes, solar cells, and high-performance plastics. With advancements in analytical probes and modeling, our understanding of materials has become increasingly more molecular and the traditional boundaries between disciplines have faded to the extent that this is a truly interdisciplinary area. Chemical engineers can assume a creative role in this area when provided with the appropriate fundamentals and applications background.

Chemical Engineering 322M , Molecular Thermodynamics   Chemical Engineering 323 , Chemical Engineering for Micro- and Nanofabrication   Chemical Engineering 355 , Introduction to Polymers   Chemical Engineering 379 * Chemistry 341 , Special Topics in Laboratory Chemistry   Chemistry 354 , Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy   Chemistry 354L , Physical Chemistry II Chemistry 367L , Macromolecular Chemistry Chemistry 376K , Advanced Analytical Chemistry Electrical and Computer Engineering 339 , Solid-State Electronic Devices   Mechanical Engineering 349 , Corrosion Engineering   Mechanical Engineering 359 , Materials Selection   Mechanical Engineering 374S , Solar Energy Systems Design   Physics 338K , Electronic Techniques   Physics 355 , Modern Physics and Thermodynamics   Physics 375S , Introductory Solid-State Physics

Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to contribute to the solution of environmental problems and to design processes and products that minimize environmental hazards. From pollution prevention by process optimization, to new understanding of chemical processes that occur in the environment, to new materials for advanced catalysts and carbon-free energy sources, chemical engineers are creating the “green” technologies needed to sustain the planet.

Chemical Engineering 341 , Design for Environment   Chemical Engineering 357 , Technology and Its Impact on the Environment   Chemical Engineering 359 , Energy Technology and Policy Chemical Engineering 376K , Process Evaluation and Quality Control Chemical Engineering 379 * Civil Engineering 341 , Introduction to Environmental Engineering   Civil Engineering 342 , Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering   Civil Engineering 364 , Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities   Civil Engineering 369L , Air Pollution Engineering   Civil Engineering 370K , Environmental Sampling and Analysis   Mechanical Engineering 374S , Solar Energy Systems Design   Mechanical Engineering 379M , Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Area 4, Biochemical, Biomolecular, and Biomedical Engineering

Chemical engineers are developing innovative solutions to practical problems in biotechnology and in the biochemical, pharmaceutical, and life science industries. This track is designed to prepare students for a career or research in the areas of applied cellular engineering and bioprocess engineering in the chemicals and pharmaceutical industry. Chemical engineering and elective courses are available that cover chemical engineering principles applied to biological systems and the fundamentals of biomolecular, cellular, and metabolic processes. This track is also suitable for students interested in biofuels. Chemical Engineering 339 , Introduction to Biochemical Engineering Chemical Engineering 339P , Introduction to Biological Physics   Chemical Engineering 379 * Biochemistry 369 , Fundamentals of Biochemistry   Biochemistry 370 , Physical Methods of Biochemistry   Biology 325 , Genetics   Biology 326R , General Microbiology Biology 355 , Microbial Biochemistry   *Approved topics

This track is designed to prepare students for careers in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries that deal with medical systems or improvement of health treatment alternatives. This is also a natural track to be followed by students who plan to attend medical school. Chemical engineering courses and electives are available that cover the application of chemical engineering principles to the design of new medical and therapeutic devices, as well as to the understanding of physiological processes.

Chemical Engineering 339 , Introduction to Biochemical Engineering   Chemical Engineering 339P , Introduction to Biological Physics   Chemical Engineering 339T , Cell and Tissue Engineering   Chemical Engineering 355 , Introduction to Polymers Chemical Engineering 379 * Biology 320 , Cell Biology   Biology 325 , Genetics   Biology 326R , General Microbiology   Biology 365S , Human Systems Physiology   Biomedical Engineering 352 , Engineering Biomaterials   Biomedical Engineering 353 , Transport Phenomena in Living Systems   Biomedical Engineering 365R , Quantitative Engineering Physiology I   Biochemistry 369 , Fundamentals of Biochemistry   Electrical and Computer Engineering 374K , Biomedical Electronic Instrument Design   Mechanical Engineering 354 , Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering

The need for energy sustainability and new energy technologies provides some of the most significant scientific and engineering challenges that face society. Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to address these issues and contribute new solutions to the problem. Technologies include solar energy utilization in the form of photovoltaics, biofuels and solar fuels; new and more efficient ways to extract fossil fuels from existing reservoirs; alternative power sources like wind, geothermal, and nuclear. Policy is also an important and active area that involves chemical engineers. Chemical engineering and other elective courses are available that teach fundamentals of energy technology and policy.

Chemical Engineering 323 , Chemical Engineering for Micro- and Nanofabrication   Chemical Engineering 339 , Introduction to Biochemical Engineering   Chemical Engineering 341 , Design for Environment   Chemical Engineering 355 , Introduction to Polymers   Chemical Engineering 357 , Technology and Its Impact on the Environment   Chemical Engineering 359 , Energy Technology and Policy Chemical Engineering 379 * Civil Engineering 341 , Introduction to Environmental Engineering   Electrical and Computer Engineering 339 , Solid-State Electronic Devices   Mechanical Engineering 374S , Solar Energy Systems Design   Mechanical Engineering 379M , Topics in Mechanical Engineering   Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 430 , Drilling and Well Completions

Chemical engineers who understand the economic and policy issues faced by modern chemical and materials companies are needed to solve the challenges of modern industry. Globalization, sustainability, safety and modern labor practices, intellectual property protection, and the process of innovation are all issues facing modern industry. This focus area is designed to prepare students for business leadership in a technical arena.

Chemical Engineering 342 , Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis   Chemical Engineering 356 , Optimization: Theory and Practice Chemical Engineering 379 , Topics in Chemical Engineering * Architectural Engineering 323K , Project Management and Economics   Economics 304K , Introduction to Microeconomics   Economics 304L , Introduction to Macroeconomics   Economics 328 , Industrial Organization   Economics 339K , International Trade and Investment Economics 351K , Current Issues in Business Economics   International Business 378 , International Business Operations   Mechanical Engineering 353 , Engineering Finance   Mechanical Engineering 366L , Operations Research Models   Marketing 320F , Foundations of Marketing   Marketing 460 , Information and Analysis Science, Technology, and Society 332 , The Nanotechnology and Science Revolution

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College of Engineering and Applied Science » Academics » Departments » Chemical and Environmental Engineering » Majors & Programs » B.S. in Chemical Engineering Degree

Why study Chemical Engineering?

As a student in the Chemical Engineering B.S. program at the University of Cincinnati, you will gain the knowledge and skills to produce, design, transport and transform energy and materials to improve today’s society. Chemical engineers use their expertise in chemical reactions and separations to solve environmental problems and produce new materials on a large scale.

At UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), it’s all about you – we strive to help develop you into the person employers want to hire. Throughout your time with us, you will:

  • Gain hands-on training to design and optimize large-scale processes to produce petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, fuel cells, pharmaceuticals, and microelectronics
  • Take courses that cover the materials, transport phenomena, process dynamics and controls, and systems analysis
  • Customize your experience with more than 600 organizations, including American Institute of Chemical Engineering, American Society of Quality Engineers, ChemE Car, ChemCats, and more
  • Build an impressive resume at companies such as BASF Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson Medical Center, Patheon Pharmaceuticals, and Procter & Gamble

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of courses, academic performance, co-curricular activities, and supplemental information provided through the application. First-year students applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units)

Careers in Chemical Engineering are transformative and often lead to ground-breaking developments. Possible career paths include:

  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Energy engineer
  • Technical sales and support
  • Environmental management
  • Product and materials development
  • Chemical processing

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing and doing is learning. That’s why we invented the first ever Cooperative Education (Co-op) program in 1906. Today, it’s the largest of its kind in the United States. The Co-op model—which places students in full-time employment in their field—supplements the classroom curriculum to make for an educational experience like no other. 

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page .

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC, please visit the Transition students page .

For additional information on international requirements, visit the  UC International Admissions page .

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Application Deadlines

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General Admission

First-year students must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year in high school.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

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For undergraduate curriculum in chemical engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science. The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org .

Chemical engineering is a profession, which provides a link between scientific knowledge and manufactured products. The chemical engineer relies on science, experience, creativity, and ingenuity to produce these materials economically. Almost everything of a material nature used by society today has at some point felt the influence of the chemical engineer. From raw materials such as minerals, coal, petroleum, and agricultural products; chemical engineers create versatile intermediate and commodity chemicals, high performance fuels, new materials for construction, pharmaceuticals, high performance foodstuffs, synthetic textiles, plastics, solid state electronic components, and dozens of other engineered materials. The chemical engineer’s influence has been important in the development of catalysts, fuel cells, automatic controls, biochemical processes, artificial kidneys, tissue engineering, nuclear energy, medical instruments and devices, as well as in the development of air and water pollution control systems. Many new and equally exciting challenges await the practicing chemical engineer of the future.

The profession of chemical engineering embraces a wide variety of activities including research, process development, product development, design, manufacturing supervision, technical sales, consulting, and teaching. The engineer can be behind a desk, in a laboratory, in a manufacturing plant, or engaged in nationwide and worldwide travel. Successful chemical engineers find chemistry, mathematics, and physics to be interesting and exciting. Many chemical engineers also have interest in the biological sciences. The curriculum in chemical engineering includes continued study of chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and physics as well as intensive study in the engineering sciences such as chemical reaction engineering, thermodynamics, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, system analysis and process synthesis, and design.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students should be able to:

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The curriculum assures that graduates have a thorough grounding in chemistry, along with a working knowledge of advanced chemistry such as organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, materials chemistry, or biochemistry. In addition, a working knowledge, including safety and environmental aspects, of material and energy balances applied to chemical processes; thermodynamics of physical and chemical equilibria; heat, mass, and momentum transfer; chemical reaction engineering; continuous and stage-wise separation operations; process dynamics and control; process design; and appropriate modern experimental and computing techniques is assured.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Chemical Engineering Program at Iowa State University are to produce graduates who:

  • will excel in careers as professional chemical engineers in the businesses and industries related to chemical engineering; and
  • will successfully pursue research and advanced studies in chemical engineering, or in related fields such as chemistry or biology, or in related professional fields such as medicine, law, and business.

Cooperative Education

A cooperative education program is available to students in chemical engineering.

Curriculum in Chemical Engineering

Degree requirements leading to the degree bachelor of science.

Total credits required: 128.0.

International perspectives  1 : 3 cr., u.s. diversity 1 : 3 cr., communication proficiency/library requirement:.

The CBE Department requires a grade of a C or better for any transfer credit course that is applied to the degree program but will not be calculated into the ISU cumulative GPA, Basic Program GPA or Core GPA.

Social Sciences and Humanities: 15 cr. 2

Complete a total of 15 cr. with at least 6 cr. but not more than 9 cr. from the same department.

Basic Program: 24 cr. 3

A minimum GPA of 2.00 required for this set of courses (please note that transfer course grades will not be calculated into the Basic Program GPA). See Basic Program for Engineering Curricula in College of Engineering section.

Math and Physical Science: 30 cr.

Chemical engineering core: 38 cr..

A minimum GPA of 2.00 required for this set of courses (please note that transfer course grades will not be calculated into the Core Program GPA).

Other Remaining Courses: 21 cr. 2

Seminars/co-ops/internships:.

  • These university requirements will add to the minimum credits of the program unless the university-approved courses are also approved by the department to meet other course requirements within the degree program. U.S. diversity and international perspectives courses may not be taken Pass/Not Pass.

Choose from department approved list .

  • See Basic Program for Engineering Curricula for accepted substitutions for curriculum designated courses in the Basic Program.
  • Students who substitute CHEM 201/201L credit for CHEM 177/CHEM 177L/CHEM 178L credit cannot also receive credit for CHEM 178. Credit for CHEM 178 must be earned through an Advanced Chemistry Elective 2 .

Note: Transfer students with transfer credits in chemical engineering core courses must earn at least 15 semester credits in ISU courses in this category at the 300-level or above to qualify for the B.S. degree in chemical engineering. 

Pass-Not Pass Policy A maximum of nine Pass-Not Pass semester credits may be used to meet graduation requirements.  Courses offered on a Satisfactory-Fail basis may not be taken on a Pass-Not Pass basis.  Pass-Not Pass credits can be applied toward requirements for a B.S. degree in chemical engineering only if the course is specified in the curriculum as a social science and humanities elective or is a course not used in the degree program. Pass-Not Pass credits are not acceptable for technical elective courses or for courses used to satisfy the US diversity or international perspectives requirements.

See also: A 4-year plan of study grid showing course template by semester.

Chemical Engineering, B.S.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers well-qualified juniors and seniors in chemical engineering who are interested in graduate study the opportunity to apply for concurrent enrollment in the Graduate College to simultaneously pursue both the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and the Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering .

For more information about concurrent undergraduate and graduate programs in Chemical Engineering visit: https://www.cbe.iastate.edu/prospective-students/bachelorsmasters-concurrent-degree-programs /. 

Graduate Study

The department offers work for the degrees master of science, master of engineering, and doctor of philosophy with major in chemical engineering, and minor work to students taking major work in other departments. Prerequisite to major graduate work is a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, or other related field. Students with undergraduate background other than chemical engineering should contact the department for further details. A thesis is required for the master of science degree. The master of science degree also requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits (minimum of 15 for coursework, 12 within Ch E and 3 outside). The master of engineering requirements are the same for total credits but include a special project or coursework rather than research thesis. The doctor of philosophy degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits (minimum of 26 for coursework, at least 16 inside Ch E). Candidates for the doctor of philosophy degree can refer to the department’s home page and/or the department’s Graduate Student Handbook for degree options and credit requirements.

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Chemical engineers are involved in the transfer of scientific discoveries to modern technologies and novel products that benefit society and minimize the impact on the environment. They deal with multiscale aspects of generating clean energy, producing novel and superior materials, and utilizing the biological revolution to manufacture new products. Their broad training in basic sciences coupled with a strong foundation in chemical engineering principles makes them invaluable team members and leaders in any engineering enterprise. Chemical engineering graduates are well prepared for advanced study in related disciplines, as well as business, law or medicine.

The BS in Chemical Engineering degree program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in chemical engineering fundamentals and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET .

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EECE Department Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to teach energy, environmental and chemical engineering principles and their application in an inspiring learning environment; to prepare students for engineering careers by developing the skills of critical thinking, analysis and communication proficiency; and to instill a sense of professional ethics and societal responsibility.

Program Educational Objective

The Program Educational Objective for the BSChE degree program is that, within a few years of graduation, graduates will:

  • Engage in professional practice, and/or
  • Attain advanced knowledge through graduate education or professional training

in chemical engineering or their chosen field. All will use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve society in a way that promotes equity and sustainability, and additionally pursue activities that promote professional growth and fulfillment.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the BSCHE program are expected to know or have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Enrollment & Graduation Data for BS in Chemical Engineering

Degree requirements.

The BSChE degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 units. Degree requirements are linked below, and sample year-by-year curricula are linked at the top of this page.

  • Requirements for students entering (matriculating) in 2019 and later
  • Requirements for students entering (matriculating) in 2018 and prior

From the courses listed in the degree requirements, the humanities and social sciences courses (except Engr 450X courses) may be taken pass/fail. All other required courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Additionally, all students must earn a total of 45 Engineering Topics units across all courses. In almost all cases, this requirement can be satisfied by meeting all of the BSCHE degree requirements. Engineering Topics units are denoted by the designation EN/TU in the course listings.

The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore areas of interest within chemical engineering. For additional flexibility, another choice is to pursue the course of study leading to the  BS degree in Applied Science with a major in chemical engineering .

Electives Requirements

The degree requirements include 18 units of chemical engineering electives. These units permit students to tailor their studies toward specific goals such as obtaining more depth in a chemical engineering sub discipline (e.g., materials) or increasing breadth by choosing courses from different sub disciplines. Some of these 18 units may be taken in other engineering departments or in the natural sciences or physical sciences. In collaboration with their advisers, students design a course of study (subject to certain requirements) for the chemical engineering electives.

Electives may be chosen from the list below, subject to the following requirements:

  • EECE 424: Digital Process Control Laboratory (Spring)
  • EECE 425: Environmental Engineering Laboratory (Spring)
  • EECE 595: Principles of Methods of Micro and Nanofabrication (Spring)
  • MEMS 5801: Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems I (Fall)
  • At least 9 units from EECE courses, which can include the advanced laboratory course
  • No more than six (6) units from Independent Study (EECE 300, 400, 500) or Senior Thesis (EECE 423)

Policies and Procedures for Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Independent Study (EECE 100, 200, 300, 400, or 500) is a great way for students to explore a topic of personal interest or obtain academic credit for pursuing research. In order to register for Independent Study, students should first find an Independent Study advisor (EECE faculty member). In partnership with their advisor, students should complete the Independent Study Petition (linked at the top of this page). Only advanced (300-or-higher) level Independent Study courses will count towards the chemical engineering electives requirement.

The Senior Thesis (EECE 423) is an excellent way for seniors to earn distinction for research they have been involved in, as well as earn elective credit towards their degree. EECE 423 is similar to an independent study, except it is expected to be done over the course of two semesters (both fall and spring of senior year) with various milestone deliverables due throughout the year. At the end of senior year, the student’s thesis will be evaluated by a committee. Like with Independent Study, a Senior Thesis can be done if research is being done outside the department (e.g., at the medical school). Administratively, an EECE faculty member will need to oversee the EECE 423 course grade, but the rest of the oversight can largely be done by the normal research advisor. More details, including the Senior Thesis Registration Form, are linked at the top of this page.

Engineering Topics can be assigned to these courses based on a review of the project scope and content. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units from other departments must be approved by the EECE Undergraduate Committee ( through  Dr. Janie Brennan )  and will be subject to the overall cap of six units. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units cannot be used to fulfill the requirement for an advanced laboratory in engineering or the physical sciences.

List of Approved Electives

Below is a list of courses currently approved as chemical engineering electives. Students interested in counting a course that is not on this list towards the chemical engineering electives should first discuss it with their academic advisor and then petition the EECE Undergraduate Committee by emailing  Dr. Janie Brennan . Petitions should include the course name and description, the course syllabus (if available), and a brief statement about why the course should be allowed to count.

  • Chemistry (L07)
  • Mathematics (L24)
  • Physics (L31)
  • Biol 2970 (Principles of Biology II)
  • Biol 381 (Introduction to Ecology)
  • Biol 419 (Community Ecology)
  • CSE 131 (Introduction to Computer Science) -  *only for students matriculating in Fall 2018 and earlier
  • CSE 247 (Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • Chem 262 (Organic Chemistry II)
  • Engr 324 (From Concept to Market: The Business of Engineering)
  • Engr 329 (Independent Study: Engineering Statistics and Startups)
  • Enst 380 (Applications in GIS)
  • EnSt 407 (RESET: Renewable Energy and Decarbonizing the Grid)
  • Enst 539 (Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic)
  • Enst 580 (Applications in GIS)
  • EPSc 323 (Biogeochemistry)
  • EPSc 342 (Environmental Systems)
  • EPSc 386 (The Earth’s Climate System)
  • EPSc 387 (Geospatial Science)
  • EPSc 413 (Introduction to Soil Science) or EPSc 317 (Soil Science)
  • EPSc 428 (Hydrology)
  • EPSc 444 (Environmental Geochemistry) or EPSc 442 (Aqueous Geochemistry)
  • ESE 230 (Intro to Electrical and Electronic Circuits)
  • MEMS 1001 (Machine Shop Practicum)
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The University of Kansas

2023-24 Academic Catalog

Bachelor of science in chemical engineering, b.s. in chemical engineering program.

Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it possesses a body of knowledge used in the synthesis, design testing, scale-up, operation, control, and optimization of processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers have played central roles in the industrial development of materials that have had major social influence, such as the production of fuels and lubricants, fertilizer, synthetic fibers, and plastics. They will be centrally involved in reducing the polluting effects of certain byproducts and cleaning up unwanted residues from previous processes.

The first part of the program offers courses on the fundamental principles underlying the conversion of raw materials into a desired product by chemical and physical processes. Development of the concepts of engineering design begins with the application of fundamental principles to solve engineering problems in these courses and culminates in a series of senior-level design courses that require comprehensive integration of technical knowledge as well as consideration of economic, environmental, safety, and societal concerns. This experience is essential in preparing graduates for entry-level positions.

Educational Objective

The objective of the program is to prepare graduates for professional practice in industry, government, or post-undergraduate training in chemical engineering, medicine, and other related disciplines.

Professional Opportunities

Chemical engineers are concerned with the chemical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. They serve industrial and other activities where processes occur in which materials undergo a chemical or physical change. Chemical engineers build a bridge between science and manufacturing, applying the principles of chemistry, biology and engineering to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals. Chemical engineers typically work for manufacturing companies, environmental companies, health care and pharmaceuticals, petroleum industry, biotechnology, or consulting firms.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Engineering

Admission to the KU School of Engineering (and its degree programs) is selective. Students may be admitted to an engineering or computer science degree program as freshmen (first year) students, but all admissions, for both in-state and out-of-state students, are selective. Applications are judged on several factors, such as high school record, scores on national tests, academic record at college or university level, and trend of grades and more. High school transcripts are required.

Minimum Academic Standards for Admission to the School of Engineering

To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, beginning first-year students must meet or exceed the following minimum standards:

  • Must be  admissible  to the University of Kansas by assured admissions or individual review, AND
  • Have a 3.0+ high school GPA, AND
  • Obtaining a mathematics ACT score of 22+ (or math SAT score of 540+), or
  • Achieving a ‘B’ or better in ‘college algebra’ or a more advanced mathematics course, or
  • Achieving a ‘C’ or better in a high school calculus course; or
  • Earning credit via IB or AP credit for the above-mentioned courses in accordance with KU placement credit requirements; or
  • Achieving at minimum a qualifying score for MATH 104 on the ALEKS mathematics placement exam.

Minimum Academic Standards for Direct Admission into Degree Program for incoming Freshmen

Students with a 26+ Math ACT (600+ Math SAT) or meet eligibility requirements for MATH 125 (Calculus I) may be admitted directly into their chosen major, with the exception of those seeking admission into the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Computing (EECS) majors. For EECS program admission, students must:

  • Be  admissible  to the University of Kansas by assured admissions or individual review, AND
  • Obtaining a mathematics ACT score of 28+ (or math SAT score of 660+), or
  • Earning credit via IB or AP credit for the above-mentioned course in accordance with KU placement credit requirements; or
  • Achieving at minimum a qualifying score for MATH 125 on the ALEKS mathematics placement exam.

Exploring Engineering

Students not admitted directly to the School of Engineering or their major but who are admissible to the university may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as an Undecided student. They can later re-apply to the School of Engineering during the semester they are completing the admission requirements for transfer students.

Transfer Admission Standards

Applications from all transfer students, whether from other institutions or from other academic schools at the University of Kansas, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students must be admissible to KU AND have a cumulative college transferable grade-point average of 2.5+ to be considered. In addition, students must have grades of "C" or better in those courses in math (must include MATH 125 Calculus I or equivalent), science, and engineering applicable to the engineering degree.

Current KU Students admitted to other academic units may apply to the School of Engineering by completing a Change of School form . 

Already Applied to KU, But Not Engineering?

Don't worry. It's not too late to change your mind if you’ve already applied to KU and selected a major outside the School of Engineering. If you think one of the 12 engineering or computer science majors is a better fit for your talents, you can still change your requested major — preferably before May 1 — and be considered for admission to the School of Engineering and all the benefits that go with it.

To update your application, visit Undergraduate Admissions and click on “Change application term, major, mailing address, and/or email address.”

Please contact a member of our recruitment team , 785-864-3881, if you have any difficulty.

Application Deadlines For New Freshman and Transfer Applicants

General education requirements.

The KU Core is the university-wide curriculum that all incoming undergraduate students will complete as part of their degree requirements. It comprises three general education goals and three advanced education goals. Associated with each goal are one or more learning outcomes:

  • GE 1.1, Goal 1, Outcome 1, Critical Thinking;
  • GE 1.2, Goal 1, Outcome 2, Quantitative Literacy;
  • GE 2.1, Goal 2, Outcome 1, Written Communication;
  • GE 2.2, Goal 2, Outcome 2, Oral Communication;
  • GE 3H, Goal 3, Outcome 1, Arts & Humanities;
  • GE 3N Goal 3, Outcome 2, Natural Sciences;
  • GE 3S Goal 3, Outcome 3, Social Sciences;
  • AE 4.1, Goal 4, Outcome 1, Diversity;
  • AE 4.2 Goal 4, Outcome 2 Culture;
  • AE 5.1, Goal 5, Outcome 1, Social Responsibility & Ethics (course);
  • AE 5.2, Goal 5, Outcome 2, Social Responsibility & Ethics (practice);
  • AE 6.1, Goal 6, Outcome 1 and 2, Integration & Creativity.

Details of the KU Core can be found at kucore.ku.edu . Some required courses in the Chemical Engineering curricula satisfy a KU Core goal and/or outcome. For these courses, the goal/outcome code is given in parentheses after the course on the pages below. Where required courses do NOT specially satisfy KU Core goals (Goals GE 3H, GE 3S, AE 4.1, and AE 4.2) students must choose from a list of several courses to satisfy the required goals.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Recommended enrollments for the first 2 years are as follows:

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Degree Requirements

Following are descriptions of the Chemical Engineering Program , the Biomedical  concentration, the  Environmental  concentration, the  Materials Science  concentration, the Petroleum concentration, and the Premedical concentration.

  • In order to progress to a junior year course (any C&PE course labeled 500 and above), a student must have earned a C‐ or better in the following courses: MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 127, MATH 220, MATH 290;  CHEM 170, CHEM 175 (CHEM 130/135 acceptable alternatives);  PHSX 210 (PHSX 211 acceptable alternative), and PHSX 212.  Honors versions of the listed courses would also be subject to the rule.
  • Chemical Engineering students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in C&PE 211, C&PE 221, and C&PE 325 in order to progress to C&PE 511, C&PE 512, C&PE 524, or C&PE 525. The cumulative GPA is calculated using the highest grade earned in each course.
  • Chemical Engineering students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in C&PE 511, C&PE 512, C&PE 522, C&PE 524, and C&PE 525 in order to progress to C&PE 611, C&PE 613, C&PE 615, C&PE 616, C&PE 624, or C&PE 626. The cumulative GPA is calculated using the highest grade earned in each course.
  • Chemical Engineering students must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in C&PE courses taken at KU for graduation with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.

Program Requirements

A total of 127 hours are required for the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.  Students that are exempt from ENGL 101 based on ACT or SAT test score do not have to make up the 3 credit hours with another course.  This exemption results in the total hours required for the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering to be 124.

Students completing the requirements described above will earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree.  Within Chemical Engineering, students may also choose to complete a concentration: Biomedical, Environmental, Materials Science, Data Science, Premedical, or Petroleum.  Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering general option.  In addition, each concentration has specific requirements for some of the engineering and advanced science electives.  The coursework required for each concentration is described below. 

Biomedical Concentration

Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. The following advanced science and engineering elective courses must be completed as part of the advanced science and engineering electives required for the Biomedical concentration: 

Environmental Concentration

Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. The following engineering elective courses must be completed as part of the engineering electives required for the Environmental concentration: 

Material Science Concentration

Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. The following engineering elective courses must be completed as part of the engineering electives required for the Material Science concentration: 

Petroleum Concentration

The Petroleum concentration in chemical engineering is distinct from the B.S. in Petroleum Engineering degree (see below). Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. The following advanced science and engineering elective courses must be completed as part of the advanced science and engineering electives required for the Petroleum concentration:

Premedical Concentration

Students completing a concentration are required to satisfy all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Additional courses may be required by each specific medical school, and students should consult the medical school of interest to verify requirements for admission. The following advanced science courses must be completed as part of the advanced science electives required for the Premedical concentration: 

Credit for ROTC Courses

Only ROTC courses qualifying as engineering electives and humanities/social sciences may be used.

Departmental Honors

Students wishing to receive Departmental Honors in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering must apply to the Department in writing by September 1 st for a December graduation or February 1 st for a May graduation.  The criteria for Departmental Honors are:

  • A cumulative 3.5 GPA in courses taken at KU
  • A cumulative 3.5 GPA in engineering courses taken at KU
  • Completion of 3 hours of C&PE 661 (Honors research ) or equivalent with an A or B
  • Completion of Senior Thesis
  • Co-author on a publication – may require research advisor verification
  • Presentation at a National Conference – may require research advisor verification 
  • Receiving an award for scholarly work – may require research advisor verification 

The application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Approximately 200-500 word statement of the achievement or experience that is worthy of Departmental Honors.

A departmental committee will review all applications and make the final decision on the awarding of Departmental Honors.  Some applications may require verification from the research advisor.  Students awarded Departmental Honors will be recognized at the end of the year banquet.

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Chemical Engineering

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The PhD in Chemical Engineering at UIC develops students into researchers in their own right. Doctoral students work alongside faculty mentors to conduct investigations in their labs , and they also may have the opportunity to develop classroom skills as teaching assistants. Our doctoral programs produce top-tier candidates for high-level industry jobs, postdoctoral research positions, and tenure-track faculty roles at universities around the world.

PhD coursework covers core subjects in chemical engineering such as continuum and molecular fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and process analysis. Dissertation research projects are devised collaboratively between students and their faculty advisors. To get a sense of recent dissertations produced in our department, visit our dissertations page.

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The PhD requires 108 semester hours, beginning with coursework and culminating in the research, writing, and defense of an original dissertation. We welcome applicants who are completing (or who have already completed) a master’s degree in chemical engineering or a related discipline, as well as applicants with only an undergraduate degree.

Students admitted with a prior master’s degree in their field of study  receive up to 32 semester hours of credit for their prior academic work, while students who are  directly admitted after their bachelor’s degree  will need to complete all 108 semester hours of PhD credit during their time in our program.

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Requirements.

Courses:  6 courses (24 semester hours)

  • If a student has not completed one or more of the following courses in prior master’s study, these must be taken: CHE 520 Transport Phenomena; CHE 531 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering or CHE 545 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering; CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics or CHE 502 Fluid Phase Equilibria; CHE 510 Separation Processes or CHE 511 Advanced Mass Transfer or CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion, and Membrane Transport; CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering.
  • At least 24 semester hours must be taken (or awarded credit from the prior degree) at the 500 level.
  • At least 8 semester hours of advanced math must be part of the 24 semester hours at the 500 level, including at least one 500-level course from UIC’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

Departmental seminar:  Students must enroll in CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research for one semester hour each term, to a maximum of 4 hours.

Dissertation research:  52 semester hours of CHE 599 PhD Thesis Research.

Required core courses: 6 courses (24 semester hours)

  • CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics or CHE 502 Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • CHE 510 Separation Processes or CHE 511 Advanced Mass Transfer or CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion, and Membrane Transport
  • CHE 520 Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • CHE 531 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 545 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Electives: 6 courses (24 semester hours) at the 400-level or above.

Departmental seminar: Students must enroll in CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research for one semester hour each term, to a maximum of 4 hours.

Dissertation research:  60 semester hours of CHE 599 PhD Thesis Research.

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PhD students must pass a preliminary examination before they begin the final phase of their doctoral study. The preliminary examination includes both a written component and an oral examination.

There is no qualifying examination.

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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering offers students the opportunity to develop expertise to tackle pressing challenges facing our society and our planet in areas such as biomedicine, energy, security, and sustainability. The program allows students to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of chemical engineering through core coursework and applied electives, while gaining career experience through laboratory research or co-op.

Thesis (research-based) and course-based program options are offered. You may also participate in Northeastern’s cooperative education program, gaining up to eight months of professional work experience in your area of interest as part of the academic curriculum.

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Innovative Curriculum - MS in Chemical Engineering

The Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering is normally pursued by students with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering or closely allied fields. Students wishing to pursue the master’s degree but with undergraduate educational backgrounds other than chemical engineering may be required to complete supplementary undergraduate course work. These courses are in addition to the minimum course requirements.

The non-thesis MS degree is offered as either a full-time or part-time program to make it more accessible to students pursuing concurrent industrial careers. Students pursuing the non-thesis MS degree may, in exceptional cases, apply and seek admission to pursue a thesis MS degree following their first term of enrollment in the graduate program; if admitted, the thesis MS degree is offered only as a full-time program.

Both full-time Master of Science degree students and Doctoral Candidates are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests. The department’s research focus areas include Biomolecular and Biomedical Systems; Complex and Computational Systems; Energy and Sustainability; Engineering Education and Pedagogy; and Materials and Nanotechnology.

With a premier location in downtown Boston, research in the department leverages the wealth of collaborations with neighboring universities, hospitals, medical centers and industry.

The department’s  research areas  include Biomolecular and Biomedical Systems; Complex and Computational Systems; Energy and Sustainability; Engineering Education and Pedagogy; and Materials and Nanotechnology. Graduate students are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests.

New or prospective graduate students can learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty web sites and graduate student seminars. Graduate student seminars, where our students present the results of their research, are held on a regular basis and provide an interactive forum for learning and exchanging ideas.

MS students select from thesis-based (research) and course-based program options.

The non-thesis MS program is offered full time or part-time to make it more accessible to students pursuing concurrent industrial careers.

  • ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems.
  • ability to explain and apply engineering design principles, as appropriate to the program’s educational objectives.

Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership Certificate

Students may complete a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership . Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors and 16 semester hours of required chemical engineering course work.

Engineering Business Certificate

Students may complete a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business. Students must apply and be admitted to the Galante Engineering Business Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires the applicant to have earned or be in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of the chemical engineering core courses and 16 semester hours from the outlined business-skill curriculum. The coursework, along with participation in co-curricular professional development elements, earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business .

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Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program , also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Some chemical engineering co-op employers include Ambri, Metalor Technologies, Nano-C, Pellion Technologies, Sanofi Genzyme, and Waters Corporation.

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