Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Chemical Engineering: CHE

CHE 180C. Laboratory Safety.

Safe laboratory practice. Training in use of fire extinguishers and first aid. Case studies of laboratory accidents. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering.

CHE 381N. Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer.

Advanced treatment of fluid flow and heat transfer problems in chemical engineering. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 381P. Advanced Analysis for Chemical Engineers.

Applications of mathematical methods to chemical engineering problems, with emphasis on differential equations, linear analysis and matrices, and real analysis and complex variables. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 381Q. Quantitative Analysis of Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Analyzes biological systems from stoichiometric, thermodynamic, and kinetic perspectives. Case studies illustrate how these principles are used to understand disease, control cellular behavior, and design protein-based therapeutics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 381Q and 384 (Topic: Quantitative Analysis of Cellular and Molecular Biology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 384E. Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering.

Fundamental principles of electrochemistry combined with mass transfer including applications in analytical chemistry as well as industrial electrochemistry. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384T (Topic: Electrochemistry/Chemical Engineering) and 384E may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 384K. Chemical Kinetics and Surface Chemistry.

Application of chemical reaction kinetics to the prediction and determination of reaction rates and reaction selectivity. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Chemical Engineering 387K or consent of instructor.

CHE 384S. Current and Emerging Trends in Chemical Engineering Research.

Overview of current and emerging trends in chemical engineering research with frequent guest presentations by leading scholarly and industrial researchers in the discipline. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 384T. Topics in Chemical Engineering.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384 and 384T may not both be counted unless the topics vary. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 185, 285, 385, 685. Research.

For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 385M. Surface Phenomena.

Liquid/fluid interfaces including equilibrium and nonequilibrium phenomena. Topics covered include capillarity, thermodynamics, surface rheology, and streaming potentials. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 385P. Optimization: Theory and Practice.

Techniques of optimization, including formulation of optimization problems, one-dimensional search techniques, analytical methods, and n-dimensional search techniques; application of methods to process-industry problems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384 (Topic: Optimization: Theory and Practice) and 385P may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 386K. Theory of X-Ray Diffraction.

Application of basic diffraction theory to polycrystalline and single crystal materials. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 386L. Laboratory Experiments in X-Ray Diffraction.

Application of X-ray diffraction techniques to the examination of polycrystalline and single crystal materials. Two or three lecture hours and three or four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 387K. Advanced Thermodynamics.

Applications of thermodynamics to chemical engineering processes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 387M. Mass Transfer.

Advanced treatment of diffusional mass transfer operations in chemical engineering. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 388K. Separations Processes.

Advanced treatment of modern chemical engineering separations processes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 391. Elements of Modern Control Theory.

Introduction to fundamentals of dynamic optimization and system theory; applications to engineering processes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 391M. Mathematical Modeling of Engineered Systems.

Introduction to fundamentals of dynamic system modeling and associated numerical solution methods with applications to engineering systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 391S. Molecular Simulation of Materials.

Introduction to basic molecular simulation techniques including molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, and Monte Carlo method. Understanding of principles underlying these techniques, and how these techniques can be used to study the physical and chemical properties and behavior of materials at the molecular level. More advanced subjects include molecular simulations in various ensembles (NVE, NVT, NPT, grand canonical), free energy computations, controlling dynamics, and association-bias Monte Carlo method. Elementary knowledge of physical chemistry, classical mechanics, and statistical thermodynamics is assumed. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384 (Topic: Simulation of Materials) and 391S may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 392. Polymer Science.

Details of polymerization mechanisms; structure-property relationships, fundamentals of processing, and characterization of high polymers. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 392P. Introduction to Polymer Materials Science.

Synthesis, structural characterization, physical properties, and applications of polymers. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384 (Topic: Introduction to Polymer Material Science) and 392P may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 395C. Chemical Processes for Microelectronics.

Introduction to the chemical processes and the manufacturing operations used in microelectronics device fabrication. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 395E. Polymer Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Training in the preparation and instrumental characterization of polymers, blends, and compounds. Twelve laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHE 395G. Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis.

Study of the economic decisions faced by chemical engineers. Discounted cash flow techniques. Personal finance, managerial economics, and other special topics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Chemical Engineering 342, 379 (Topic: Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis), 395G. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 395J. Product and Process Development.

Product and process innovation in the process industries; screening criteria; needs-requirements research; evaluation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 379 (Topic: Product and Process Development) and 395J may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 395K. Design for Environment.

Overview of environmental assessment tools for chemical processes and products, including life cycle and risk assessments. Overview of design tools for improving environmental performance of chemical processes, including unit operations and flow sheet analysis methods. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Chemical Engineering 384 (Topic 19: Design for Environment) and 395K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

CHE 397M. Graduate Research Internship.

Research associated with enrollment in the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering and consent of instructor and the dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering.

CHE 698. Thesis.

The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in chemical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Chemical Engineering 698A.

CHE 398R. Master's Report.

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in chemical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser.

CHE 398T. Supervised Teaching in Chemical Engineering.

Teaching under the close supervision of the instructor for one to four semesters; weekly group meetings; individual consultation; reports. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

CHE 399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.

Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

CHE 399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.

Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Chemical Engineering 399R, 699R, or 999R.