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5 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design (3)
Introduction to the design and analysis of processes involving chemical change in the context of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Students learn mathematical, empirical, and conceptual strategies to analyze chemical processes to assess product quality, economics, safety, and environmental issues. Focus topics include an overview of chemical and biomoleuclar engineering, evaluating and analyzing data, flowsheets, material and energy balances, economics, and unit operations.
10 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering (3)
Instructors: Helgeson, Gordon
Elementary principles of chemical engineering. The major topics discussed include material and energy balances, stoichiometry, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 5 (may be taken concurrently); Chemistry 1A-B-C or 2A-B-C; Mathematics 2A or 3A, Mathematics 2B or 3B and Mathematics 4A or 4AI; and Engineering 3; Chemical Engineering majors only.
99 - Introduction to Research (1-3)
Directed study, normally experimental, to be arranged with individual faculty members. Course offers exceptional students an opportunity to participate in a research group.
Prerequisites: consent of instructor and undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 units. Students are limited to5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined.
102 - Biomaterials and Biosurfaces (3)
Fundamentals of natural and artificial biomaterials and biosurfaces with emphasis on molecular level structure and function and their interactions with the body. Design issues of grafts and biopolymers. Basic biological, biophysical and biochemical systems reviewed for nonbiologists.
Notes: Not open for credit to students who have completed Chemical Engineering 121. Recommended preparation: Basic physical chemistry, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics and biology.
107 - Introduction to Biological Processing (3)
Instructors: O'Malley, Dey
Familiarizes engineering students with biological processing and production at multiple scales. Chemical engineering principles will be infused with key biological concepts, including an introduction to biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10
110A - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
Use of the laws of thermodynamics to analyze processes encountered in engineering practice, including cycles and flows. Equations-of-state for describing properties of fluids and mixtures. Applications, including engines, turbines, refrigeration and power plant cycles, phase equilibria, and chemical-reaction equilibria.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10; Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Engineering majors only.
110B - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
Extension of Chemical Engineering 110A to cover mixtures and multiphase equilibrium. Liquid-vapor separations calculations are emphasized. Introduction to equations of state for mixtures.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A with a minimum grade of C-; Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Engineering majors only.
119 - Current Events in Chemical Engineering (1)
Assigned readings in technical journals on current events of interest to chemical engineers. Student groups present oral reports on reading assignments pertaining to new technologies, discoveries, industry challenges, society/government issues, professional and ethical responsibilities.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A.
120A - Transport Processes (4)
Introductory course in conceptual understanding and mathematical analysis of problems in fluid dynamics of relevance to Chemical Engineering. Emphasis is placed on performing microscopic and macroscopic mathematical analysis to understand fluid motion in response to forces.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently); Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Mathematics 6A or 6AI-6B.
120B - Transport Processes (3)
Instructors: Helgeson, O'Malley, Squires
Introductory course in the mathematical analysis of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer with practical applications to design of heat exchange equipment and use.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10 with minimum grade of C-; Chemical Engineering 110A with minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently); Chemical Engineering 120A.
120C - Transport Processes (3)
Instructors: Squires, Dey
Introductory course in the fundamentals of mass transfer with applications to the design of mass transfer equipment.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10 with a minimum grade of C-; Chemical Engineering 110A with minimum grade of C-; Chemical Engineering 110B (may be taken concurrently) and Chemical Engineering 120B.
121 - Colloids and Biosurfaces (3)
Basic forces and interactions between atoms, molecules, small particles and extended surfaces. Special features and interactions associated with (soft) biological molecules, biomaterials and surfaces: lipids, proteins, fibrous molecules (DNA), biological membranes, hydrophobic and drophilic interactions, bio-specific and non-equilibrium interactions.
Notes: Not open for credit to students who have completed Chemical Engineering 102. Recommended preparation: Basic physical chemistry, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics and biology.
124 - Advanced Topics in Transport Phenomena/Safety (3)
Hazard identification and assessments, runaway reactions, emergency relief. Plant accidents and safety issues. Dispersion and consequences of releases.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 120A-B-C or Mechanical Engineering 151A-B; and Mechanical Engineering 152A. Same course as ME 124.
125 - Principles of Bioengineering (3)
Applications of engineering to biological and medical systems. Introduction to drug delivery, tissue engineering, and modern biomedical devices. Design and applications of these systems are discussed.
126 - Non-Newtonian Fluids, Soft Materials and Chemical Products (3)
Instructors: Squires, Helgeson
Overview of soft materials (e.g. suspensions, gels, polymers, surfactants, emulsions, powders and solid granules) that arise in diverse industries, including consumer products, foods, advanced materials, biotechnology, and mineral and energy production. Influence of non-Newtonian rheology (e.g. shear-thickening and thinning, viscoelasticity, extension-thickening, yield stresses, normal stress differences, and metastabliity) upon handling, processing, production, and performance targets, and for the scale-up of production. Real-world case studies and classroom demonstrations.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 120C
128 - Separation Processes (3)
Basic principles and design techniques of equilibrium-stage separation processes. Emphasis is placed on binary distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, and multicomponent distillation.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10 and 110A-B; open to College of Engineering majors only.
132A - Analytical Methods in Chemical Engineering (4)
Instructors: Fredrickson, Gordon
Develop analytical tools to solve elementary partial differential equations and boundary value problems. Separation of variables, Laplace transforms, Sturm-Liouville theory, generalized Fourier analysis, and computer math tools.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Mathematics 6A or 6AI.
132B - Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)
Instructors: Gordon, Fredrickson
Numerical methods for solution of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, optimization, interpolation, numerical integration and differentiation, initial-value problems in ordinary and partial differential equations and boundary-value problems. Emphasis on computational tools for chemical engineering applications.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Mathematics 6A or 6AI-6B.
132C - Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)
Probability concepts and distributions, random variables, error analysis, point estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, development of empirical chemical engineering models using regression techniques, design of experiments, process monitoring based on statistical quality control techniques.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Mathematics 6A or 6AI-6B.
140A - Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)
Instructors: McFarland, Scott
Fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering with emphasis on kinetics of homogenous and heterogenous reacting systems. Reaction rates and reactor design are linked to chemical conversion and selectivity. Batch and continuous reactor designs with and without catalysts are examined.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 10 with minimum grade of C-; Chemical Engineering 110A with a minimum grade of C-; Chemical Engineering 110B (may be taken concurrently). Chemical Engineering 120A-B.
140B - Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)
Instructors: McFarland, Chmelka
Thermodynamics, kinetics, mass and energy transport considerations associated with complex homogeneous and heterogenous reacting systems. Catalysts and catalytic reaction rates and mechanisms. Adsorption and reaction at solid surfaces, including effects of diffusion in porous materials. Chemical reactors using heterogenous catalysts.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A-B, 120A-B and 140A.
141 - The Science and Engineering of Energy Conversion (3)
Framework for understanding the energy supply issues facing society with a focus on the science, engineering, and economic principles of the major alternatives. Emphasis will be on the physical and chemical fundamentals of energy conversion technologies.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A and 140A. Advisory Information: Equivalent upper-division coursework in thermodynamics and kinetics from outside of department will be considered.
146 - Heterogeneous Catalysis (3)
Concepts and definitions. Applications of heterogeneous catalysis. Performance metrics. Analysis of surface reaction mechanisms and complex reaction networks. Structure-function relationships for supported metal and zeolite catalysts. Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 140A and B or consent of instructor.
152A - Process Dynamics and Control (4)
Development of theoretical and empirical models for chemical and physical processes, dynamic behavior of processes, transfer function and block diagram representation, process instrumentation, control system design and analysis, stability analysis, computer simulation of controlled processes.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 120A-B-C and 140A.
152B - Advanced Process Control (3)
The theory, design, and experimental application of advanced process control strategies including feedforward control, cascade control, enhanced single-loop strategies, and model predictive control. Analysis of multi-loop control systems. Introduction to on-line optimization.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 152A
154 - Engineering Approaches to Systems Biology (3)
Applications of engineering tools and methods to solve problems in systems biology. Emphasis is placed on integrative approaches that address multi_scale and multi-rate phenomena in biological regulation. Modeling, optimization, and sensitivity analysis tools are introduced.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 170 or Chemical Engineering 107; Mathematics 4B or 4BI; Mathematics 6A or 6AI and Mathematics 6B.
160 - Introduction to Polymer Science (3)
Introductory course covering synthesis, characterization, structure, and mechanical properties of polymers. The course is taught from a materials perspective and includes polymer thermodynamics, chain architecture, measurement and control of molecular weight as well as crystallization and glass transitions.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A or Chemistry 113A or equivalent. Same course as Materials 160.
170 - Molecular and Cellular Biology for Engineers (3)
Instructors: O’Malley, Dey
Familiarizes engineering students with key concepts from biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics. Students will apply chemical engineering principles to describe different biological systems at multiple scales, including an introduciton to bioproduction.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 120A-B-C, 140A.
171 - Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (3)
Instructors: O’Malley, Dey
Introduction to biochemical engineering covering cell growth kinetics, bioreactor design,enzyme processes, biotechnologies for modification of cellular information, and molecular and cellular engineering.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 107 or Chemical Engineering 170.
173 - Omnics-Enabled Biotechnology (3)
This course will integrate genomics, transcriptomic, metabolmic, and proteomic approaches to quantify and understand intricate biological systems.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 170 or MCDB 1A. Recommended Preparation: Chemistry 142A is recommended.
179 - Biotechnology Laboratory (4)
This course will provide an introduction to theoretical principles and practical methods used in modern biotechnology, genetic engineering, and synthetic biology. Topics will include protein and cellular engineering using recombinant DNA technologies, mutagenesis, library construction, and biosynthetic display technologies.
Prerequisits: Chemical Engineering 170 or MCDB 1A or Chemistry 142A-B or Consent of Instructor. Must have an overal grade point average of 3.3 or above.
180A - Chemical Engineering Laboratory (3)
Experiments in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, and chemical processing. Analysis of results, and preparation of reports.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A and 120A-B.
180B - Chemical Engineering Laboratory (3)
Experiments in mass transfer, reactor kinetics, process control, and chemical and biochemical processing. Analysis of results, and preparation of reports.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 120C, 128, 140A, and 152A.
184A - Design of Chemical Processes (3)
Instructors: Chmelka, Doherty
Application of chemical engineering principles to reactor and plant design. Conceptual design of chemical processes. Flowsheeting methods. Engineering cost principles and economic aspects.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 110A-B; 120A-B-C; 128; 132B; 140A-B; and 152A.
184B - Design of Chemical Processes (3)
The solution to comprehensive plant design problems. Use of computer process simulators. Optimization of plant design, investment and operations.
Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering 184A.
193 - Internship in Industry (1-4)
Special projects for selected students. Offered in conjunction with engineering practice in selected industrial and research firms, under direct faculty supervison. A 2-4 page paper and an evaluation from the supervisor will be required for credit.
Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. May not be used as departmental elective. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 units.
196 - Undergraduate Research (2-4)
Research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students will be expected to give regular oral presentations, actively participate in a weekly seminar, and prepare at least one written report on their research.
Prerequisites: upper-division standing, completion of 2 upper-divison courses in Chemical Engineering; consent of instructor. Must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding three quarters. May be repeated for up to 12 units. Not more than 3 units may be applied to departmental electives.
198 - Independent Studies in Chemical Engineering (1-5)
Directed individual studies.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in Chemical Engineering. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters. May be repeated up to 12 units. Not more than 3 units may be applied to departmental electives. Students are limited to five units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined..