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Chemical and Materials Engineering Courses

Description: The course consists of an individual project in a chosen area of study in the area of Chemical and Materials Engineering under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated for credit.

Component(s): Independent Study

Description: Topics include equations of heat, mass, and momentum transfer; viscosity, thermal conductivity and diffusivity in laminar and turbulent conditions; velocity, temperature, and concentration distributions in selected systems; Navier-Stokes equations: direct simulation and turbulence modelling – Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS); turbulence near surfaces and interphase transport; multicomponent mass transfer; transport in porous media; effects of narrow pore size; and the dusty-gas model (DGM). A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include principles, concepts, and laws/postulates of classical and statistical thermodynamics and their link to applications that require quantitative knowledge of thermodynamic properties from a macroscopic to a molecular level; basic postulates of classical thermodynamics and their application; criteria of stability and equilibria; constitutive property models of pure materials and mixtures, including molecular-level effects using statistical mechanics; equations of state; phase and chemical equilibria of multicomponent systems; and thermodynamics of polymers. Applications are emphasized through extensive problem work relating to practical cases. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include applied chemical kinetics and their use in chemical reactor design and chemical plant operation. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous kinetics, including catalysis, are considered. Residence time distribution; dispersed plug flow reactors; radial mass and heat transfer limitation; mass and heat transfer limitation in and around catalyst pellets; multiphase reactors. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include principles of process dynamics and control; step response curves; PID control; strategies for chemical process control; process model identification; dynamic chemical process simulation; model-predictive control algorithms; and assessment of controller performance. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include a review of the concepts of industrial chemical process design, engineering economics, process optimization, process simulation and plant safety; the use of fundamental knowledge in science and mathematics to design practical chemical engineering facilities. Special emphasis is placed on safety, hazards, sustainability and loss prevention issues in chemical plants. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include the interaction of chemical engineering, biochemistry, and microbiology; mathematical representations of microbial systems. Kinetics of growth, death, and metabolism are also covered, as well as studies of continuous fermentation, agitation, mass transfer, and scale-up in fermentation systems, and enzyme technology. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include structure, behaviour and properties of engineering materials – metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; effects of crystalline structure and imperfections; and methods of observing, measuring and interpreting properties of materials. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include a review of basic chemical and mechanical separations; multicomponent separations; membrane separations; adsorption; chromatographic separations; and ion exchange. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include a review of basic statistics; hypothesis testing; multivariate statistics; linear and nonlinear regression; chemical process model calibration; and response surface methodology. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include a review of the principles of batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors; electrodes and electrolytes; thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, electrostatics and phase transformations of various energy storage materials, particularly lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells; and experimental methods to study key parameters of energy storage materials, focusing on a materials science approach. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include the advanced theory and industrial practice of polymers, polymer chemistry, and polymer reactor engineering. The course covers polymer chemistry and polymerization kinetics for various types of polymerization including condensation, free radical, cationic, anionic, and coordination polymerization; polymerization processes including bulk, solution, emulsion, dispersion, gas phase, and slurry processes; polymer reactor engineering, polymer materials structure and property characterization, and recent developments in the field are included. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include chemical and engineering aspects of nanomaterials. The course covers synthesis, characterization, properties, and applications of a variety of nanomaterials, with a focus on representative inorganic nanomaterials, as well as carbon nanomaterials such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Topics include properties of colloids and surfactants; physical and chemical interactions between colloidal particles: attraction and repulsion; stability of colloidal dispersions; coagulation and flocculation; surface and interface tension - wettability; characterization methods of colloidal particles; the relation between interface energy and adsorption; adsorption of surfactants on interfaces; micelles; surfactants in nanotechnology; adsorption in porous media; and surface characterization methods. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Subject matter will vary from term to term and from year to year. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students may re-register for this course, providing that the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by changes to the course title in the graduate class schedule.

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide the tools to conduct research in chemical engineering in a safe and professional manner. The course provides all the safety training necessary for chemical engineering research. Students are also trained in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for chemical engineering research, and on how to respond in the case of chemical accidents, including first aid. Additional topics are covered on a rotating basis and may include safety regulations in the chemical industry, automation of chemical experiments, chemical and material data collection and usage, chemometrics, chemical process simulation, molecular modelling tools, advanced research and publication strategies, proposal writing, etc. A seminar is held, where each student is required to present. A project is required.

Component(s): Seminar

Notes:
  • This course is marked on a pass/fail basis.

Description: Subject matter will vary from term to term and from year to year. A project is required.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students may re-register for this course, providing that the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by changes to the course title in the graduate class schedule.
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