Chemical Engineering

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10.501 Paper Industry Processes Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2897
Status Active

Processes of fiber separation from raw materials, fiber purification and mechanical processing of fiber and sheet formation. Chemical engineering theory is applied to the analysis of these operations.

10.502 Principles of Chemical Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34592
Status Active

Introduction to the field of chemical engineering and solution of problems involving units and dimensions, mass balances, flow sheets and gas relationships.

10.506 Colloidal, Interfacial and Nanomaterials Science and Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35692
Status Active

Unifying principle and the three main classes of colloids (dispersions, macromolecular solutions and micelles) are considered. Topics covered include surface tension, work and energy, effect of surface curvature, zeta potential, surface activity and diverse applications of interest to chemical engineers.

10.508 Material Science and Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2900
Status Active

An advanced overview of solid materials that are likely to be considered for engineering applications in, or be produced by the chemical process industries. They will be discussed from the viewpoints of their unit cell structures, appropriate phase diagrams, their chemical and physical attributes, and the association of these to end use applications. Discussion of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. For Non-UML graduates.

10.510 Advanced Separation Processes Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2902
Status Active

This course emphasizes separation processes requiring a rate analysis for adequate understanding, which includes most of the newer separation methods of industrial importance such as membrane, sorption and chromatographic separations. Unifying fundamental relations and concepts are emphasized. Graphical and numerical design procedures are covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.310 Separation Process with Mass Transfer, or permission of Instructor.

10.512 Industrial Chemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36645
Status Active

Survey of the major sources and uses of chemicals, industrial chemical processes, fundamental raw materials, and career paths available in the chemical industry. More intensive treatment of selected industrial processes with emphasis of green/sustainable chemical processes.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 84.122 Chemistry II and 84.222 Organic Chemistry IIA.

10.518 Microprocessor Control Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2906
Status Active

Single board computers and single chip controllers and how they are used in chemical process control .Programming methods for using minicomputers as process controllers; interfacing requirements and communications. Laboratory projects include both software and hardware.

10.520 Advanced Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2907
Status Active

Classical and statistical thermodynamics are applied to develop procedures for obtaining estimates of equilibrium properties required for chemical process design. An introduction to surface energy as an important parameter in the processing of colloids, especially in the nanometer size range, will also be undertaken.

10.522 Chemical Process Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2909
Status Active

Process synthesis, definition, and characterization. Introduction to modular process simulation packages such as ASPEN PLUS, Recycle and tear stream analysis. Stream convergence, Unit operations models, Flow sheet manipulation. Data records and physical property estimation techniques.

10.523 Nanodevices and Electronics Materials Processing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2910
Status Active

Materials processing methods in electronics and related industries; crystal contamination control, growth, diffusion, etching, epitaxy, ion implantation, lithography, and other topics.

10.524 Self Assembly and Nanotechnology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2911
Status Active

This course will describe two of the most fast-growing area/fields with both fundamental importance and practical relevance: self-assembly and nanotechnology. The first half of the course will discuss the theories and applications of self-assembly phenomena. The second half will focus on nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

10.526 Advanced Kinetics and Reactor Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38511
Status Active

The course will cover advanced chemical reaction kinetics, rate laws and reactor design with an emphasis on heterogeneous and catalytic reaction systems involving interphase and mass transfer effects.

10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2914
Status Active

An advanced study of the mechanisms of the transport processes. Transport equations are developed from both microscopic and macroscopic viewpoints. Analogies and similarities between the transport processes are discussed. Considerable emphasis is placed upon solutions to problems.

10.529 Recent Advances in Nanotechnology and Green Chemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2915
Status Active

This course is designed to expose students to a variety of concepts in chemistry and challenge them to think critically about experiments used to interrogate these concepts. Organic polymer chemistry with an emphasis on electronically conducting polymers will be the main area of focus. Students would first be introduced to scientific subject matter outside their realm of familiarity and be expected to identify new concepts and links to existing experimental paradigms. The course is divided into 3 parts: (i)introduction to nanothehnology and green chemistry with a focus on nanoscale electronic polymers, (ii) green chemistry and the overlap area with nanotechnology, and (iii) green engineering.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 84.121 Chemistry I, or equivalent.

10.530 Advanced Control Strategies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2916
Status Active

An introduction to computer control and to some of the common control strategies applied to the design of complex chemical process control systems.

10.532 Principles of Chemical Engineering II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2918
Status Active

Continuation of Principles of Chemical Engineering including real gas relationships, humidity,energy balances, and combined mass-energy balance systems. Introduction to the first law of thermodynamics. Note: Non-majors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10:502 Principles of Chem Engineering.

10.533 Macromolecular Colloidal Science and Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2919
Status Active

This course treats both synthetic and natural macromolecules (i.e., polymers, and biopolymers), Interrelating synthesis commercial manufacture, molecular, macroscopic and application properties as well as the colloidal nature of their solutions. Pertinent fundamental principles are reviewed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.506 Colloidal, Interfacial & Nanomaterials Science and Engineering or permission of Instructor.

10.535 Cell and Microbe Cultivation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2921
Status Active

This course presents the principles of biochemical engineering with an emphasis on the unit operation of cell cultivation for production of commercially important products, especially biopharmaceuticals. The bioreactor is viewed as a device for controlling the environment of recombinant and traditional cultures. Major topics include media design, kinetics of growth and production, expression systems, bioreactor types, cell physiology, and bioprocess economics.

10.537 Nanomaterials Characterization I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39086
Status Active

This lecture course will provide an in-depth introduction to the principles, instrumentation and applications of most common nanomaterial characterization techniques. Nanomaterial imaging, physical, chemical, and optical property analyses are the main focus of this class. Topics covered will include: electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), scanned prove microscopy (AFM), elemental analysis (EDX/XPS), crystal structure analysis (XRD/SAED), thermal analysis (DSC/TGA), laser based characterization (LSCM/DLS/Raman), chromatographic methods (GC), infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy and contact angle goniometry. The analytical and quantitative applications of these techniques for investigating different types of nanomaterials will also be described. Lab demonstrations will be included in lectures.

10.538 Advanced Separations in Biotechnology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30314
Status Active

This course provides in depth analysis of the two methods used most often in Bioseparations, filtration and chromatography. For both techniques, basic concepts are reviewed. Membrane, depth, sterile and tangential flow filtration, as well as ion exchange, hydrophobic interaction, and hydroxyapetite chromatography are considered. The emphasis for both methods is on specific applications, scale-up, validation and cleaning

10.539 Mathematical Methods for Engineers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1261
Status Active

Ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, matrix/vector calculus, numerical methods, introduction to optimization methods, and other topics as time permits. Both analytical and numerical techniques are integrated to give good analytical skills coupled with practical problem solving tools. Extensive computer work with the MATLAB package is required. (Same as 24.539).

10.541 Nanomaterials Characterization II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2924
Status Active

This hands-on laboratory course will cover the practical aspects of light, electron and scanned probe microscopy techniques discussed in Nanomaterials Characterization I (10.540). A variety of nanomaterials samples systems will be characterized using laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The laboratory experiments will provide practical experience in sample preparation techniques, optimization of instrumental conditions for imaging and spectroscopy, and data analysis and interpretation. Students will work on individual term projects involving real-world samples that are of interest to them, and use the techniques they learned in the course to characterize their samples.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 10.537 Nanomaterials Characterization I

10.542 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1259
Status Active

This course will cover the fundamentals of nanoscale colloidal processes, intermolecular forces and electrostatic phenomena at interfaces, boundary tensions and films at interfaces, electrostatic and London forces in disperse systems, interactions and self-assembly of polymer colloids, nanoparticles, surfactants and biomolecules. Applications include microfluidics; lab-on-a-chip; nano-biocolloids, vesicles, colloidosomes, polymersomes and polymer hydrogel microcapsules for drug delivery and nanostructured materials and devices.

10.544 Formulation of Biotherapeutics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38069
Status Active

Biotherapeutics, particularly antibodies, are currently the fastest growing pharmaceuticals. Ideally, biotherapeutics are formulated in aqueous solutions and are often a great challenge due physical and chemical stability issues. This course addresses the latest trends and challenges in biologics formulation with a focus on the important role of preformulation in understanding the biological molecule itself for greater "formulatability" and "developability". The course will feature interactive discussions on early formulation screening, thorough biophysical and analytical characterization, improving the feedback loop in the early formulation-development interface, overcoming aggregation and other heterogeneity challenges, and improving overall product profile, In addition, the course will also cover an optimization of the formulation process through rational iterative approach and in-depth case studies, As a whole, this course focuses on providing you with additional tools and knowledge to help streamline solutions to formulation and stability issues for biologics.

10.545 Isolation and Purification Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1236
Status Active

Efficient isolation and purification of biological products, especially proteins, from complex natural mixtures.

10.548 Engineering Process Analytics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37586
Status Active

This course covers multivariate statistical data analysis and experimental design. Students will learn how to extract information by analyzing various engineering datasets, and how to generate information-rich datasets via minimum experiments. Software for data analysis and experimental design will be utilized during tutorial and practice.

10.550 Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38427
Status Active

The course will aim to give students an introduction to the applications of nanotechnology in biomedicine. The course will cover the basics of nanomaterials including synthesis and characterization, use of nanotheranostics platforms for drug delivery and imaging, nanomaterials for tissue engineering; nanobiodevices and nanotoxicology. The course is designed for graduate students in the Chemical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology programs as well as seniors in Chemical Engineering.

10.552 Directed Study: Chemical Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2927
Status Active

10.555 Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2928
Status Active

This course examines the regulatory framework in which "drugs", biologics" and "cellular therapies" are evaluated in the United States, including the laws, regulations and the state of industrial practice.

10.556 Materials for Aerospace and Energy Applications Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38515
Status Active

Material requirements for emerging applications in aerospace and energy sectors will be discussed. Mechanical, thermal and electrical and barrier properties of filled polymers and polymer nanocomposites will be studied. The effect of resin structure, filler additives, reactive diluents on the resulting properties will be reviewed. Scale-up issues will be studied using basic principles of chemical engineering.

10.586 Biotechnology Processing Projects Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2929
Status Active

Development of manufacturing processes for the products of biotechnology are followed through a series of process unit operations. Following the synthesis, purification and formulation of a specific enzyme throughout the course, students examine interactions between process steps and evaluate the impact of each on the total production process. As a final project, students assume the role of project team leader, developing a commercial-scale production process for the enzyme.

10.593 Cooperative Education Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 2931
Status Active

10.601 Seminar Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 2932
Status Active

Required for all graduate students.

10.602 Graduate Seminar Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 2933
Status Active

Required for all graduate students.

10.650 Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38291
Status Active

An interdisciplinary course taught by faculty from the Chemical, Mechanical and Plastics Engineering Departments, who have special knowledge in nanoscale fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The course on nanoscale transport phenomena constitutes a bridge between existing fluid and heat transfer courses in multiple disciplines and emerging nanoscale science and engineering concepts to reflect the forefront of nanomanufacturing. The course is designed to incorporate recent advances in manufacturing polymer-based nanodevices. Key issues of the implementation and maintenance costs for fabrication will be addressed. Hands-on laboratory experiments will be performed to complement the lectures with the ultimate goal of designing and building a complete nanodevice at the end of the course. The course will prepare graduates for employment focused on designing and manufacturing nano/microfluidic systems, lab-on-a-chip devices, electronics devices, medical devices, and other emerging technologies.

10.720 Special Projects in Chemical Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2942
Status Active

Special projects undertaken by a student to expand his/her knowledge in specific fields related to his/her master's project.

10.733 Graduate Project - Chemical Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2945
Status Active

Advanced research project required of students electing non-thesis option performed under the supervision of a senior faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Program. The project must be approved by an examining committee and the Department Chairperson.

10.736 Graduate Project - Chemical Engineering Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 2946
Status Active

10.741 Thesis Review Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35264
Status Active

10.743 Master's Thesis - Chemical Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 2948
Status Active

Advanced research work required of students electing thesis option performed under the supervision of a senior faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Program. The thesis must be approved by an examining committee and the Department Chairperson.

10.746 Master's Thesis - Chemical Engineering Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 2949
Status Active

24.504 Energy Engineering Workshop Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4057
Status Active

A group/individual design project. The design effort will integrate many aspects of the student's engineering background, including design concepts, technical analyses, economic and safety considerations, etc. A formal report and oral presentation are required.

24.505 Reactor Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4058
Status Active

Advanced treatment of several topics in reactor physics, including cross sections and processing methods, development of transport theory, reduction to diffusion theory, and analyses of analytical and numerical solutions of the resultant balance equations.

24.507 Reactor Engineering and Safety Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4060
Status Active

Modeling and analysis of reactor thermal-hydraulics and safety systems. Topics include nuclear heat generation and transport, single and two-phase flow, boiling crisis, and safety analysis.

24.509 Dynamic Systems Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4062
Status Active

Mathematical foundation using the state-variable approach. Topics include matrix methods, Laplace and Fourier transforms, transfer functions, frequency response and stability analyses, and distributed/lumped parameter systems. Applications to mechanical and thermo-fluid systems. Modeling and simulation of systems using Matlab are emphasized. A comprehensive project, including formal written and oral reports, is required.

24.510 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4063
Status Active

This course will explore the various stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. The nuclear fuel cycle is broadly classified into three stages; front end, service stage, and back end. The course will introduce students to the various sub stages within the three broad stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. The course will explore the technology that is currently being used in these stages, then compare difference in approaches. Further modifications to the fuel cycle management will be discussed to make nuclear energy more sustainable. The course will provide an overview of front end fuel cycle including: mining, milling, enriching, fabrication; back end of the fuel cycle including: waste and recycling (or not); and in core fuel management, burnup calculations; and approaches to balance the cost of electricity production using nuclear reactors. The students will be introduced to nuclear burnup code such as ORIGEN. At the conclusion of the course students will be tasked to design and evaluate an aspect of the nuclear cycle that has been discussed in the class including but not limited to: enrichment plant, in-core fuel management, spent fuel management.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.331 or 24.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I.

24.514 Chemical and Nuclear Waste Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4066
Status Active

History of nuclear waste disposal; engineering design of disposal systems. Present status of waste and the character and quantities of future wastes. Review of disposal concepts on a generic basis. The national plan for waste disposal.

24.516 Radiation Shielding and Protection Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38017
Status Active

This course will explore the fundamental principles of the interaction of nuclear and atomic radiation with matter and the transport of radiation through materials. The students will learn characterization of radiation fields and sources, and transport radiation through material. The course will discuss radiation exposure, dose, dose equivalent in context of radiation shielding and protection. Consequently, the students will compile each of these topics to learn how to design and analyze radiation shielding and protection. The students will learn how to use both the SOURCES and ORIGEN (or equivalent) code systems for calculating radiation sources and the MCNP (or equivalent) code system for the transport of radiation. At the conclusion of the course the students are expected to develop a shielding design for a given constraints typically encountered in the nuclear field.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 10.331 or 24.331 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I.

24.519 Reactor Operator Training Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4067
Status Active

Training, including in-reactor experience and topical lectures, as given to Reactor Operator Trainees who will undergo Federal testing for a Reactor Operator License.

24.520 Reactor Operator Training Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4068
Status Active

Continuation of 24.519. Upon completion of this course, the student will be given a simulated Reactor Operator examination, including a written test, an oral test about reactor systems, and a controls manipulation test.

24.531 Selected Topics in Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4077
Status Active

Special problems in nuclear science and engineering assigned to the individual student, with emphasis on modern research methods and preparation of results for publication.

24.532 Selected Topics: Energy Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4078
Status Active

Special problems in nuclear science and engineering assigned to the individual student, with emphasis on modern research methods and preparation of results for publication.

24.536 Reactor Experiments Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38016
Status Active

A laboratory-based course using the U Mass Lowell Research Reactor (UMLRR) to illustrate, validate, and expand upon a mix of topics from reactor core physics, reactor operations, and balance-of-plant/energy removal considerations in nuclear systems. Typical experiments may include an approach to critical demo, reactivity measurements, generation of blade worth curves, analysis of various reactor kinetics and dynamic scenarios (including temperature and xenon effects), measurement of axial flux profiles and temperature/void coefficients, analysis of loss of flow and other pump transients, etc. Matlab will be used for data analysis and for reactor simulation. Other analysis tools such as VENTURE, MCNP, or PARET using existing models of the UMLRR may also be used. Comprehensive analysis reports that compare/contrast experimental and simulation data will be required. Oral presentations summarizing the results from the experiments will also be required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 10.434 or 24.434 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II.

24.539 Mathematical Methods for Engineers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1261
Status Active

Ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, matrix/vector calculus, numerical methods, introduction to optimization methods, and other topics as time permits. Both analytical and numerical techniques are integrated to give good analytical skills coupled with practical problem solving tools. Extensive computer work with the MATLAB package is required. (Same as 24.539).

24.601 Graduate Research Seminar Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 4086
Status Active

24.651 Selected Topics in Energy Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4088
Status Active

24.705 Supervised Tchg - Nuclear Engineering Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 4092
Status Active

24.733 Graduate Project - Energy Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4094
Status Active

24.739 Graduate Project - Energy Engineering Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 4096
Status Active

24.741 Thesis Review Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35265
Status Active

24.743 Master's Thesis - Nuclear Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4098
Status Active

24.746 Master's Thesis - Energy Engineering Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 4099
Status Active

24.749 Master's Thesis - Energy Engineering Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 4100
Status Active

24.766 Continued Graduate Research Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 4106
Status Active

24.769 Continued Graduate Research Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 4107
Status Active