School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical Engineering of Energy Systems

The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills.  Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development.  The inequitable access of communities across the globe to energy is reflected in their relative well being.  Showing how to develop designs of systems as different scales and with different technological mixes is a key sustainability enabler.

Biorefining

Biomass is the only renewable source of organic carbon. Many efforts have been made in recent year to develop economically viable processes for converting biomass into novel products like fuels, chemicals, and materials. Examples of products include ethanol and alkanes as biofuels, bulk chemicals like ethylene glycol and phenol, and composite materials containing biomass-derived fibers. However, the complexity of the feedstock and required process conditions have presented significant challenges for many applications.

Chemical Product Design

This course provides a product design algorithm that can facilitate design and development of new or improved products. The design process emphasizes the concepts of sustainability, and discusses the impact of products, specifically chemical products on the community. Product design is discussed from the social, cultural and environmental perspectives, whereby the need for technology development for the social good becomes key.

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

Many engineering problems require the use of advanced numerical methods for finding solutions to systems of linear, nonlinear, and differential equations, optimizing functions, and analyzing data. The general objectives of this course are to develop skills in properly defining and setting up chemical engineering problems and learning numerical methods that can be used to solve these problems. For this reason, this course provides a foundation of techniques that can be used to solve practical and complex engineering problems.

Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

Energy sustainability determines the suitability of the communities and the whole global society. The course will teach students the concepts in electrochemical energy storage and conversion and the working mechanisms and applications of a number of popular energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. The application of such energy storage technologies can promote the use of clean energy sources and improve energy efficiency.

Foundational Technologies in the Manufacture of Forest Bioproducts

A bio-based economy is emphasized in the course and how renewable resources may be used for the future of the world to replace fossil-based products and materials and energy sources.

Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

Energy sustainability determines the suitability of the communities and the whole global society. The course will teach students the concepts in electrochemical energy storage and conversion and the working mechanisms and applications of a number of popular energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. The application of such energy storage technologies can promote the use of clean energy sources and improve energy efficiency.

Fundamentals and Challenges for a Sustainable Chemical Enterprise

In the chemical enterprise (industry, government and academia), chemists and engineers are involved in and are responsible for the development of new products, materials and manufacturing processes. These activities include developing manufacturing processes that are environmentally friendlier, safer for workers and society, and economically more sustainable. They participate in and contribute to all segments of the supply chain, from cradle to grave (nature back to nature).

Chemical Engineering of Energy Systems

The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills.  Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development.  The inequitable access of communities across the globe to energy is reflected in their relative well being.  Showing how to develop designs of systems as different scales and with different technological mixes is a key sustainability enabler.

Samantha LaRose
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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