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A listing of the undergraduate courses offered in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

CBE 20255 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis

This is a foundation course in which the students learn to apply the concepts of material and energy balances to problems involving chemical processes, biological systems and environmental phenomena. Within this context, they learn problem-solving techniques and acquire a working knowledge of phase equilibria, physical properties, and computer applications.

CBE 20258 - Numerical and Statistical Analysis

Algorithms for solving algebraic (e.g., Gaussian Elimination, PLU decomposition, etc.) and differential equations (e.g., Runge-Kutta, Shooting methods) are derived and implemented using Matlab. Statistics and error analysis constitute a significant part of the course.

CBE 20260 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

The course provides an introduction to modern applied thermodynamics, with a focus on aspects relevant to chemical engineers. It begins with the first law energy balance, followed by the development of the second law entropy balance. Thermodynamic constitutive equations for gases and liquids are developed from a molecular-level perspective, followed by applications involving thermodynamic cycles and energy conversion.

CBE 20290 - Career Choices for Engineers

A seminar series featuring selected speakers who are employed or consult with high tech business enterprises of both national and global involvement. The presentations and open symposium format will emphasize business ethics, competitive pressures, people skills, and most importantly, career opportunities for engineering graduates.

CBE 30338 - Chemical Process Control

While the idealization of chemical processes is that they are operated at steady-state, they are in fact usually dynamic (unsteady state). Process feed compositions may change slightly, ambient conditions may change, pipe leaks may develop, steam pressures may vary, etc. There are any number of such disturbances that may cause the process to deviate from its desired steady-state. In some cases, such deviations may be catastrophic, in other cases a severe loss of product quality may be caused. Thus process control devices are installed that detect deviations from the desired steady-state and attempt to correct them. In this course, students will be introduced to the analysis of chemical process dynamics, and to the design and analysis of process control systems.

CBE 30355 - Transport Phenomena I

Basic conservation principles of energy, mass, and momentum are used to derive the integral and differential forms of the transport equations. These equations are used to solve fluid flow problems of both fundamental and practical interest.

CBE 30356 - Transport Phenomena II

Integral and differential transport equations are applied to the solution of heat and mass transfer problems of interest to chemical engineers.

CBE 30357 - Biotransport

This course is an introduction to momentum transport with applications to biological and medical systems. It will serve as a replacement for CBE 30355 for interested students.

CBE 30361 - Science of Engineering Materials

This is an introductory course that examines the relationship between the structure, processing, and properties of engineering materials. Common engineering materials, including steel, concrete, ceramics, and polymers are discussed. Mechanical, chemical, electrical, and magnetic properties of various materials are examined. The process dependence of microstructural development and defects levels are described.

CBE 30367 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

Principles of phase and chemical equilibria are defined and used in the solution of chemical engineering problems drawn from the traditional process industries, biological systems, materials processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other industries.

CBE 30386 - Introduction to Bioengineering

This course provides basic science knowledge and engineering practices used by biomedical engineers toward solving problems in human medicine. Topics will include an overview of bioengineering and modern biology, introduction of cell/molecular/genetic engineering principles and the use of engineering analysis to describe living systems, starting with mass and energy balances to understand cell growth and signal transduction.

CBE 31358 - Chemical Engineering Lab I

Chemical engineering laboratory courses are comprised of experiments that cover most of the major subject areas of chemical engineering. The rationale for combining all of the topics into two separate courses, as opposed to distributing them into the different lecture courses, is to provide a focused learning experience emphasizing experimental techniques to observe fundamental behavior, understanding of the phenomena in terms of the appropriate theory and experience at technical report writing. Formal and informal oral presentation skills are also an important part of the courses.

CBE 30399 - Introduction to Unit Operations & Lap Procedures (Imperial)

Introduction to unit operations and lab procedures for the Imperial College, London summer study abroad program. Must be admitted to summer program for entry into course.

CBE 40325 - Immunoengineering 

The immune system involves the most complex yet most powerful processes in the human body to protect us from both invading foreign pathogens and self-derived challenges. As the basic understanding of immunology is growing, engineers are rapidly designing intelligent and diverse strategies to manipulate the immune system to improve human health. In this course, we will extensively cover the basic concepts of immunology as well as explore the engineering strategies currently used to harness the power of the immune function to develop therapeutic and diagnostic approaches for improved human health.

CBE 40425 - Energy, Economics, and Environment

This course provides basic science knowledge and engineering practices used by biomedical engineers toward solving problems in human medicine. Topics will include an overview of bioengineering and modern biology, introduction of cell/molecular/genetic engineering principles and the use of engineering analysis to describe living systems, starting with mass and energy balances to understand cell growth and signal transduction.

CBE 40430 - Industrial Chemical Processes

This course examines the characteristics and commercial manufacturing processes of many of the key chemicals that are critical to our quality of life. The course will examine the global market drivers and major innovations that motivated the large scale production of these chemicals. It will also trace the history of several of the major chemical companies that evolved along with the markets for these chemicals.

CBE 40443 - Separation Processes

This course demonstrates the application of the principles of phase equilibria, transport processes, and chemical kinetics to the design and characterization of stagewise and continuous separation processes. Both graphical and rigorous numerical techniques are used, and the general procedures applicable to different specific processes are emphasized. Example problems are drawn from the petroleum, chemical, food, biochemical, and electronic materials processing industries. The AspenONE software package is used.

CBE 40445 - Chemical Reaction Engineering

The basic concepts of chemical rate processes are applied to the theory of the design and operation of the various types of commercial reactors for both noncatalytic and catalytic reactions. Topics covered include mole balances, rate laws and stoichiometry, collection and analysis of rate data, multiple reactions, isothermal and nonisothermal reactor design, catalysis and catalytic reactors.

CBE 40448 - Chemical Process Design

This course represents a capstone in the chemical engineering curriculum. In this course students will have the opportunity to apply the basic concepts learned in previous courses to the design and analysis of a chemical processing system. This will be done primarily through the design project. Supporting material to be covered in lectures includes the following: computer-aided design (process simulation), economic analysis, process safety, flowsheet synthesis (conceptual design), and decision-making analysis (optimization). The AspenONE software package is used.

CBE 40461 - Structure of Solids

This class seeks to provide students with an understanding of the structure of solids, primarily as found in metals, alloys, and ceramics applied in technological applications. The structure of crystalline solids on the atomic level as well as the microstructural level will be discussed. Imperfections in the arrangements of atoms will be described, especially as regards their impact on properties. The study of structure through X-ray diffraction will be a recurring theme. A sequence of powder diffraction laboratory experiments (four to five class periods) also will be included.

CBE 40477 - Nanoscience and Technology

This course focuses on the unique scientific phenomena that accrue to matter with characteristic nanometer-scale dimensions and on the technologies which can be constructed from them. Special optical, electronic, magnetic, fluidic, structural and dynamic properties characteristic of nanostructures will be addressed.

CBE 40479 - Introduction to Cellular and Tissue Engineering

This course is divided into two parts. The first half will cover principles of cell and developmental biology that guide current approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. An emphasis will be placed on the computational and quantitative analysis of biological processes such as cell-cell signaling and morphogenesis. The second half covers techniques involved in cultivating cells for applications in recombinant protein production as well as the design of bioartificial organs and regenerative therapeutics. Optimization techniques for culture medium development will also be covered.

CBE 40483 - Topics in Biomolecular Engineering

The objective of this class, intended for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students, is to illustrate the emerging field of bioengineering which fuses molecular life sciences with engineering. The students will gain a fundamental understanding in the principles of how biological systems function, and learn about the innovative approaches that engineers take for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases, design of novel materials, devices, and processes, and in enhancing environmental health. Topics will include: Biological systems, Cell functions, Molecular scale (what is nano?), Molecular interactions & Multivalency, Synthetic molecules, Molecular biology, -Fermentation, Cell culture, & Combinatorial methods-,Protein purification, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biomedical engineering, Drug delivery, Biosensors.

CBE 40498 - Energy and Climate

This course integrates the principles of physical sciences and engineering as they pertain to energy, its sources and uses and the impact of these on the environment. The great majority of energy used by society comes from fossil fuels. The consequences are that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have been increasing and that readily available sources of oil have been depleted. Prospects for sustainable energy use will be discussed including an engineering cost/benefit analysis of different sources. A question that will be examined in particular detail, is the effect of energy use on climate change both now and in the future. To do this we will analyze the complex couplings and feedback mechanisms that operate between the geosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere as related to global climate change.

CBE 40525 - Ambient Methods for Surface Characterization

This course develops fundamental principles for characterizing surfaces and interfaces, particularly thin films, using infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, electrochemistry, and contact angle measurements. The material will cover reflection of light from surfaces, which is relevant to surface infrared spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance and ellipsometry, surface energies, adsorption isotherms, and some fundamental aspects of electrical double layers, zeta potentials, and mass transport in electrochemistry.

CBE 40667 - Mass Transfer in Membrane Systems

Membranes separations, which are gaining increased attention because of their ability to avoid the thermodynamic limitations associated with heat use, offer an alternative to thermally-driven separations. Membranes are also central to many of the functions of biology. Regardless, of where a membrane is found, an understanding of the mass transfer process that transports materials across the membrane is essential to understanding the membrane function. This course will cover a variety of mass transfer mechanisms and the theories developed to describe them (e.g., diffusion-solubility, hindered flow through pores, and facilitated transport). The relevance of these theories to the operation of reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, dialysis, and gas separations systems will also be examined in this course.

CBE 40725 - Principles of Molecular Engineering

The objective of this course, intended for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students, is to illustrate the emerging field of molecular engineering. By fusing concepts from chemistry and materials science, molecular engineering seeks rational design of chemical building blocks for organized systems and materials. Students will gain a fundamental perspective for how non-covalent interactions and designed molecular motifs can dictate the structure, function, and properties of resulting engineered systems. This will include an appreciation for the role on intermolecular forces in governing the behavior of these molecules as they interact with each other and with their environment (typically a solvent). Additionally, illustrative examples will point to the power of strategies rooted in principles of molecular engineering to create highly controlled and functional materials. topics will include: non-covalent interactions, molecular design, thermodynamic driving forces, solvent effects, molecular self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, molecular & materials characterization techniques, and applications of molecular engineering for diverse uses in energy, medicine, computing, formulation science, industrial applications, and food sciences.

CBE 40910 - Biomolecular Engineering Lab Lecture

In this course students will be exposed to modern laboratory methods in bioengineering and experimental design. Students will be gain the knowledge to; develop and execute laboratory protocols, write laboratory reports, and present orally their findings.

CBE 41459 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II

Chemical engineering laboratory courses are composed of experiments that cover most of the major subject areas of chemical engineering. The rationale for combining all of the topics into two separate courses, as opposed to distributing them into the different lecture courses, is to provide a focused learning experience emphasizing experimental techniques to observe fundamental behavior, understanding of the phenomena in terms of the appropriate theory and experience at technical report writing. Formal and informal oral presentation skills are also an important part of the courses.

CBE 41910 - Biomolecular Engineering Lab

In this course students will be exposed to modern laboratory methods in bioengineering and experimental design. Students will be expected to develop and execute laboratory protocols, write laboratory reports, and present orally their findings.

CBE 48901 - Undergraduate Research

A research project at the undergraduate level under the supervision of a faculty member.

CBE 48902 - Advanced Undergraduate Research

This course is intended for students with previous research experience and requires at least one credit of 48901 as a prerequisite. It requires a written final report. This course will count as a technical or engineering elective.

CBE 48903 - Undergraduate Thesis

This course requires a written thesis document that is defended to a committee of faculty. At least one credit of 48901 research is a prerequisite, although several semesters are recommended. This course will count in place of a chemical engineering elective.