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Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering announces first course offerings

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science announced its new Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Computer Science last spring.

In preparation for two new graduate programs: a graduate certificate and a graduate diploma in Chemical and Materials Engineering, the department has developed two courses for students interested in getting started in the field.

“These courses are a sample of what we plan to offer as part of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma,” explains department chair Alex de Visscher.

“Students interested in these programs will find these courses a good introduction. They can expect to receive credit towards the diploma and certificate once they are approved.”

The two courses to be offered in the fall 2017 term will cover polymers and transport phenomena.

Students can register on line. Students not in an existing program should register as a non-degree student at the student centre of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.

Contact Alex de Visscher, chair, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, with any questions about registering.



Study advanced theory and industrial practice of polymers, polymer chemistry, and polymer reactor engineering.

This course covers polymer chemistry and polymerization kinetics for various types of polymerization, coordination polymerization, polymerization processes, polymer materials structure and property characterization, and recent developments in the field.

Students will present a project on a topic of their choice in the area of polymer chemistry and engineering as part of their course work.

Materials Science (MECH 221) or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course.



Study the exchange of mass, energy, charge, momentum and angular momentum between observed and studied systems.

This course will cover topics that 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
  • The Dusty Gas model

Students will present a project on a topic of their choice in the area of transport phenomena as part of their course work.

Thermodynamics I (ENGR 251); Heat Transfer I (MECH 352); and, Fluid Mechanics I (ENGR 361) or equivalents are prerequisites for this course.

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