Lorenz Biegler, Head
Office: Doherty Hall 1107

Chemical engineering is a broad discipline based on chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology that applies the principles of engineering science and process systems engineering to the development and commercialization of new products and processes. Engineering science provides experimental and theoretical models for predicting the behavior of fluid flow and heat and mass transfer in materials and biological systems, as well as chemical reactions that take place in multi-component mixtures. Process systems engineering provides methodologies for the systematic design and analysis of processes, including their control, safety, and environmental impact. The department emphasizes the basic principles of engineering science and process systems engineering through problem solving, and it strives to broaden the experience of students by offering a significant number of electives, undergraduate research projects, an integrated masters degree, industrial internships and study abroad programs, all of which benefit from our strong industrial ties.

A career in chemical engineering offers challenging and well-compensated positions in a wide variety of growth industries. Graduates may supervise the operation of chemical plants, redesign chemical processes for pollution prevention, or be involved in the research and development of new products or processes in high technology areas. These activities require knowledge of chemical reactions and catalysis, separation technologies and energy recovery systems, all of which are thoroughly presented in our curriculum. For example, well-trained chemical engineers are in great demand in the chemical manufacturing and energy sectors.  A significant number of chemical engineers are also hired by industries associated with colloids (fine particles), polymers (plastics and resins), and coatings (e.g., paint, integrated circuits). Opportunities exist in biotechnology, the computer industry, environmental firms, and consulting companies. Other examples include the processing of advanced polymeric systems, thin films for the semiconductor and data storage industry, and chip fabrication. A growing number of consulting companies hire chemical engineers to develop computer software for the simulation and real-time optimization of chemical processes, for predicting how toxic chemicals are dispersed and degraded in soils and in the atmosphere, and for evaluating the economic feasibility of industrial projects. The diversity of career opportunities arises from the depth and breadth of the curriculum. For instance, the pharmaceutical industry recruits chemical engineers who possess a combined expertise in process engineering and biochemistry/molecular biology.

The curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena, mathematical modeling, exposure to biotechnology and problem solving techniques. These provide rigorous preparation for immediate employment after graduation, or a strong basis for graduate school. The depth and breadth of coursework makes chemical engineering an excellent major for students interested in either medical or business schools. Computing is integrated throughout the curriculum, and extensive use is made of mathematical modeling and simulation software in the department's Gary J. Powers Educational Computer Lab. The Robert Rothfus Laboratory and Lubrizol Analytical Laboratory feature state-of-the-art experiments that illustrate applications in safety, environmental, product development, and computerized data acquisition and control.

Educational Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives for the program are that graduates of the department will obtain employment or attend graduate school, and will advance in their chosen careers as productive and fulfilled professionals. The curriculum and programs are developed to prepare students to attain these educational objectives.

Students majoring in chemical engineering learn the science and engineering that govern chemical processing systems. Fundamental principles, problem solving, systems analysis and design, development of self-confidence, and communication skills are emphasized. Students are made aware of modern tools, industrial needs and societal issues. This combination of fundamental knowledge and skills provides a firm foundation for future learning and career growth. The goal of the department is to produce students who will become leaders in their careers. Students who complete the curriculum will have attained the following educational outcomes:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The department offers a number of special programs for students majoring in Chemical Engineering. In addition to the double majors offered by the College of Engineering such as Biomedical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy, students may choose from a variety of minors in technical areas offered by the College of Engineering.  Undergraduate research projects are also available in the areas of bioengineering, complex fluids engineering, environmental engineering, process systems engineering, and catalysis & surface science. The department has recently established the Chemical Engineering Summer Scholars (ChESS) program to support undergraduate research within the department. Students may participate in study abroad programs during their Junior year. In addition to the University program with EPFL in Switzerland and ITESM Monterey in Mexico, the department provides its own exchange programs with Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, RWTH Aachen in Germany, Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Argentina, and Imperial College in London, Great Britain. Students may also participate in Practical Internships for Senior Chemical Engineering Students, a one-year industrial internship program offered between the Junior and Senior years. Finally, qualified students may enroll in our Master of Chemical Engineering program. This degree is typically completed in the fifth year. However, depending on the number of advanced placement courses and course load at Carnegie Mellon, this degree could be awarded during the B.S. graduation, or after one additional semester.


Minimum units required for B.S. in Chemical Engineering389

The program in chemical engineering within the Department of Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

First Year

Fall Units
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
76-xxxDesignated Writing/Expression Course9
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
06-100Introduction to Chemical Engineering12
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
Spring Units
21-122Integration and Approximation10
xx-xxxIntroductory Engineering Elective (other than ChE)12
33-141Physics I for Engineering Students12
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9

Second Year

Fall Units
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
06-222Sophomore Chemical Engineering Seminar1
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
xx-xxxComputer Sci./Physics II * 10-12
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
39-210Experiential Learning I0
Spring Units
06-261Fluid Mechanics9
06-262Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering12
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
xx-xxxPhysics II/Computer Sci. *12-10
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
39-220Experiential Learning II0

For those students who have not taken 06-100 as one of the two Introductory Engineering Electives, 06-100 should be taken in the Fall Semester of the Sophomore year. The General Education Course normally taken during that semester may be postponed until the Junior year. These students should consult with their faculty advisors as soon as possible.

At the end of the Sophomore year, a student should have completed the following required basic science and computer science courses:

09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
15-110Principles of Computing10
or 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
33-141Physics I for Engineering Students12
33-142Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students12
99-10xComputing @ Carnegie Mellon3

Third Year

Fall Units
06-321Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics9
06-322Junior Chemical Engineering Seminar2
06-323Heat and Mass Transfer9
09-217Organic Chemistry I9
or 09-219 Modern Organic Chemistry
09-347Advanced Physical Chemistry12
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
39-310Experiential Learning III0
Spring Units
06-361Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering9
06-363Transport Process Laboratory9
06-364Chemical Reaction Engineering9
03-232Biochemistry I **9
xx-xxxUnrestricted Elective9
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9

Fourth Year

Fall Units
06-421Chemical Process Systems Design12
06-423Unit Operations Laboratory9
xx-xxxUnrestricted Elective9
xx-xxxUnrestricted Elective9
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9
Spring Units
06-462Optimization Modeling and Algorithms6
06-463Chemical Product Design6
06-464Chemical Engineering Process Control9
xx-xxxUnrestricted Elective9
xx-xxxUnrestricted Elective9
xx-xxxGeneral Education Course9


  1. In addition to the graduation requirement of an overall QPA of 2.0 (not counting the First Year), the Department of Chemical Engineering requires a cumulative QPA of 2.0 in all chemical engineering courses (all those numbered 06-xxx).

  2. Minimum number of units required for graduation:  389.

  3. All mathematics (21-xxx) courses required for the engineering degree taken at Carnegie Mellon must have a minimum grade of C in order to be counted toward the graduation requirement for the BS engineering degree.

  4. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in any required matehematics (21-xxx) course that is a pre-requisite for the next higher level required mathematics (21-xxx) course.

  5. Overloads are permitted only for students maintaining a QPA of 3.0 or better during the preceding semester.

  6. Electives: To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, students must complete 06-100 and one other Introductory Engineering Elective.  There are also five Unrestricted Electives.  At most, 9 units of ROTC or Physical Education can be counted toward these electives.  Students must discuss choice of electives with their faculty advisors. 

  7. Undergraduate Research: Independent research projects are available by arrangement with a faculty advisor.  Many students conduct these research projects for elective credit by enrolling in 06-200, 06-300, or 06-400 (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Research Projects) or 39-500 Honors Research Project for eligible Seniors.

  8. Advanced undergraduates may also take Chemical Engineering graduate courses (600+ level).

Double Major in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP)

Students may pursue a double major in Chemical Engineering and EPP.  This double major is built around electives in Social Analysis, Probability and Statistics courses, and projects.  Specific course choices should be discussed with a faculty advisor and an EPP advisor.

Double Major in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Students may pursue a double major in Chemical Engineering and BME. Specific course choices should be discussed with a faculty advisor and a BME advisor.

Minors with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering students are eligible for any CIT Designated Minor.  Those minors that are especially well suited to Chemical Engineers include Audio Engineering, Automation and Controls, Biomedical Engineering, Colloids, Polymers & Surfaces, Electronic Materials, Environmental Engineering, Global Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and Robotics.  The minor requirements may be fulfilled with electives.  Other minors, such as the Supply Chain Management minor in association with the Tepper School of Business, are also available outside of CIT.  These should be discussed with a faculty advisor.

Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces Minor

Annette Jacobson, Director
Office: Doherty Hall 3102B
Website: http://www.cit.cmu.edu/current_students/services/majors_minors/engineering_minors/cps.html

The sequence of courses in the Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) designated minor provides an opportunity to explore the science and engineering of fine particles and macromolecules as they relate to complex fluids and interfacially engineered materials. These topics are very relevant to technology and product development in industries that manufacture pharmaceuticals, coatings and paints, pulp and paper, biomaterials, surfactants and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, food, textiles and fibers, nanoparticles, polymer/plastics, composite materials.

Course Requirements

Minimum units required for minor:45

This minor requires a total of five classes. The following four courses are mandatory:

06-609/09-509Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules9
06-607Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces9
06-426Experimental Colloid Surface Science9
06-466Experimental Polymer Science9

In addition, the student must take one course* from the following list:

06-221Thermodynamics *9
24-221Thermodynamics I10
27-215Thermodynamics of Materials12
33-341Thermal Physics I10
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9

Practical Internships for Senior Chemical Engineering Students (PISCES)

Chemical Engineering students may apply in the fall of their Junior year for a salaried, one-year PISCES internship with a partner company. Admitted students begin their internships after completion of the Junior year. Following the internship, students return to complete their Senior year. There are several advantages of a one full-year internship, including the opportunity to gain a breadth of professional experience that is not generally possible in a shorter program, more opportunity to make important contributions to the partner company, and the opportunity to complete Senior year courses in their normal sequence with no need for curriculum rearrangements. Interested students should consult with their faculty advisors.

International Chemical Engineering Exchange Programs

Chemical Engineering students may apply during their Sophomore year to spend their Junior year at RWTH Aachen in Germany, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Argentina, or at Imperial College in London, Great Britain.  A summer exchange program in Dortmund, Germany is also available. These exchange programs provide a great opportunity for students to obtain international experience while taking courses very similar to those offered at Carnegie Mellon. Students considering any of these programs should consult with their faculty advisors, and students considering the Aachen program in particular are advised to take at least one introductory German course before or during their Sophomore year.

Fifth Year Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE)

The CIT Integrated Masters/Bachelors (IMB) Degree program provides the opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to obtain a master's degree in Chemical Engineering with one or two extra semesters of study. The goal is to deepen our graduates' understanding of the fundamentals of chemical engineering, and to provide them with a broader set of professional skills or to expose them to other technical disciplines.

The MChE program is aimed at undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon and candidates from other universities.  Unfortunately, no financial support is available.  For Carnegie Mellon students, the degree typically would be completed in their fifth year.  Depending on advanced placement and semester overloads, however, CMU students can complete the degree at the time of the B.S. graduation or with one additional semester.  All students must have graduate status once they have completed their B.S. degree; beyond eight semesters, degree program students must have full-time graduate student status in at least one (e.g., their final) semester whether or not they have already completed their BS degree.  Upon graduating from this program, students seek industrial positions or placement in graduate programs at other universities.  Students in the MChE program may apply for the PhD program at Carnegie Mellon University via the normal application process.  Their applications are considered alongside all the other applications received that year.  If accepted into the PhD program, they enter it after completing the MChE degree.

A minimum of five completed semesters in residence as an undergraduate student and an overall QPA of 3.0 is required for eligibility.  Taking the GRE and recommendation letters are not required.  The application fee is waived for currently-enrolled undergraduate Chemical Engineering students.

The MChE program differs from the MS program because the MChE program does not require a project report or thesis.

Course Descriptions

Note on Course Numbers

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.). Although each department maintains its own course numbering practices, typically the first digit after the prefix indicates the class level: xx-1xx courses are freshmen-level, xx-2xx courses are sophomore level, etc. xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, depending on the department. xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level. Please consult the Schedule of Classes each semester for course offerings and for any necessary pre-requisites or co-requisites.

06-100 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Fall and Spring: 12 units
We equip students with creative engineering problem-solving techniques and fundamental chemical engineering material balance skills. Lectures, laboratory experiments, and recitation sessions are designed to provide coordinated training and experience in data analysis, material property estimation for single- and multi-phase systems, basic process flowsheet, reactive and non-reactive mass balances, problem solving strategies and tools, and team dynamics. The course is targeted for CIT First Year students.
06-200 Sophomore Research Project
Fall and Spring
Research projects under the direction of the Chemical Engineering faculty. The nature of the project, the number of units, and the criteria for grading are to be determined between the student and the faculty supervisor. The agreement should then be summarized in a one-page project description for review by the faculty advisor of the student. A final written report or an oral presentation of the results is required.
06-221 Thermodynamics
Fall: 9 units
This course introduces students to the process thermodynamics of single component systems. Topics include equilibrium and thermodynamic state variables; heat and work; conservation of energy and the first law of thermodynamics; entropy balances and the second law of thermodynamics; reversibility; free energies; interconversion of heat and work via engines, refrigeration and power cycles; absolute temperature and the third law of thermodynamics; equations of state; principle of corresponding states; thermodynamic property relationships; changes of state; phase equilibrium and stability in single component systems; vapor pressure and phase transition.
Prerequisites: (33-106 and 06-100) or (06-100 and 33-141) or (33-151 and 06-100)
06-222 Sophomore Chemical Engineering Seminar
Fall: 1 unit
This course provides an overview of the chemical engineering profession. It discusses the rationale for the curriculum, career paths, resume writing, written communication skills, and ethics, and also involves a project on the use and manufacture of chemicals.
06-261 Fluid Mechanics
Spring: 9 units
The principles of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering, including unit operations, are discussed; examples include flow in conduits, process equipment, and commercial pipes, flow around submerged objects, and flow measurement. Microscopic mass and momentum balances are described, including the continuity and Navier-Stokes equations, and modern solution techniques will be explored. Microscopic flow structures will be determined for flow visualization. Boundary layer theory, turbulence, and non-Newtonian fluids are also discussed. A case-study project based on new technological advancements is also required.
Prerequisites: 06-100 and 21-259 Min. grade C
06-262 Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering
Spring: 12 units
Mathematical techniques are presented as tools for modeling and solving engineering problems. Modeling of steady-state mass and energy balance problems using linear and matrix algebra, including Gaussian elimination, decomposition, and iterative techniques. Modeling of unsteady-state engineering problems using linear and nonlinear differential equations. Analytical techniques, including Laplace transforms, and numerical techniques for the solution of first-and higher-order differential equations and systems of differential equations arising in engineering models. Finally, the modeling of processes affected by chance and subject to experimental error; statistical and regression techniques within the context of experimental design and analysis of experimental data.
Prerequisites: 06-221 and 21-122 Min. grade C and 06-100
06-300 Junior Research Project
Fall and Spring
Research projects under the direction of the Chemical Engineering faculty. The nature of the project, the number of units, and the criteria for grading are to be determined between the student and the faculty supervisor. The agreement should then be summarized in a one-page project description for review by the faculty advisor of the student. A final written report or an oral presentation of the results is required.
06-321 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Fall: 9 units
The objective of this course is to cover principles and solution techniques for phase and chemical equilibria in multicomponent systems. Topics include thermodynamic properties of ideal and non-ideal mixtures; criteria for equilibrium; chemical potential, fugacity and activity coefficients; flash calculations; Gibbs energy minimization; thermodynamics of chemical reactions including equilibrium conversions.
Prerequisite: 06-221
06-322 Junior Chemical Engineering Seminar
Fall: 2 units
This course discusses career choices for chemical engineers, professional practice, including alternate career paths, global industry, and graduate studies. It also emphasizes writing, interview skills, and oral presentations. Safety, environmental and ethical issues are illustrated in projects and via invited lectures.
06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer
Fall: 9 units
This course presents the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, including steady-state and transient heat conduction and molecular diffusion, convection of heat and mass, and thermal radiation, with application to heat and mass transfer processes. Development of dimensionless quantities for engineering analysis is emphasized.
Prerequisites: 06-261 and (21-260 or 06-262)
06-361 Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
Spring: 9 units
This course comprises many of the standard operations in chemical plants such as gas absorption, heat exchange, distillation and extraction. The design and operation of these devices is emphasized. A project dealing with a novel unit operation is also investigated.
Prerequisites: 06-321 and 06-323
06-363 Transport Process Laboratory
Spring: 9 units
Develop skills for proposing, designing, planning, implementing, interpreting, and communicating the results of experiments in fluid flow and heat and mass transfer. Oral and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: 06-323 and 06-261
Course Website: http://tlab12.cheme.cmu.edu/
06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering
Spring: 9 units
Fundamental concepts in the kinetic modeling of chemical reactions, the treatment and analysis of rate data. Multiple reactions and reaction mechanisms. Analysis and design of ideal and non-ideal reactor systems. Energy effects and mass transfer in reactor systems. Introductory principles in heterogeneous catalysis.
Prerequisites: 06-321 and 09-347 and 06-323
06-365 Water Technology Innovation and Policy
Spring: 9 units
Innovation in water technologies is necessary to confront profound water resource challenges facing countries around the world. Students successfully completing this course will be able to discuss the factors and conditions that drive innovation in the water sector. Students will begin by describing and classifying the historical drivers for innovation in water treatment, including technical, economic, and regulatory drivers. After an introduction to the fundamental principles of water treatment technologies, students will identify present day technology shortcomings and distill these into discrete design objectives. Students will then formulate and answer quantitative and qualitative questions that respond to these design objectives by leveraging their knowledge of engineering fundamentals, regulatory tools, and pricing policies. Comparing their own solutions with those proposed in the peer-reviewed academic literature in engineering and the social sciences, students will evaluate the technical feasibility, usability, and social desirability of proposed water innovations in developed and developing countries and summarize their findings in policy briefs.
Prerequisites: 19-101 or 19-201 or 12-100 or 06-100
06-400 Senior Research Project
Fall and Spring
Research projects under the direction of the Chemical Engineering faculty. The nature of the project, the number of units, and the criteria for grading are to be determined between the student and the faculty supervisor. The agreement should then be summarized in a one-page project description for review by the faculty advisor of the student. A final written report or an oral presentation of the results is required.
06-421 Chemical Process Systems Design
Fall: 12 units
Screening of processing alternatives. Computational strategies for preliminary material and energy balances in large chemical processes. Preliminary sizing of process equipment. Cost estimation, economics, and evaluation for chemical plants. Strategies for synthesizing energy networks and separation sequences. Preliminary design of a large industrial project.
Prerequisites: 06-364 and 06-361 and 06-321
06-423 Unit Operations Laboratory
Fall: 9 units
Open-ended laboratory projects illustrate the principles of unit operations in Chemical Engineering. In this course students select, with course staff review, current societal problems to which chemical engineering subject knowledge can be applied. Students work in teams to design and implement an experimental plan to evaluate proposed solutions. Teams must work together to identify constraints and relationships between the unit operations they work on. Students must document implementation feasibility (cost, scheduling, analytic capability, etc.) and clearly identify the criteria and methods for assessing experimental results. Oral and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: 06-361 and 06-364
06-426 Experimental Colloid Surface Science
Fall: 9 units
Laboratory exercises will deal with preparation and stabilization of colloids, flocculation, micellar aggregates, surface tension, contact angle, spreading and adsorption. Basic concepts will be related to practical problems of wetting, lubrication, foaming, adhesion, coatings and corrosion.
Prerequisites: 06-607 and 09-221
06-462 Optimization Modeling and Algorithms
Spring: 6 units
Formulation and solution of mathematical optimization problems with and without constraints. Objective functions are based on economics or functional specifications. Both discrete and continuous variables are considered.
Prerequisite: 06-421
06-463 Chemical Product Design
Spring: 6 units
Computer-aided design of a chemical product. Course involves design of molecular structure, microstructure, or devices/processes that effect chemical change. This is a project-based course, for which an extensive report must be submitted.
Prerequisite: 06-421
06-464 Chemical Engineering Process Control
Spring: 9 units
This course presents basic concepts of process dynamics and feedback control. Included are selection of measurements and manipulated variables, definition of transfer functions, creation of block diagrams and closed loop configurations. The course also covers concepts of open loop and closed loop stability, and tuning of PID controllers.
Prerequisite: 06-262
06-466 Experimental Polymer Science
Spring: 9 units
Macromolecular behavior in bulk and in solution will be explored in experiments on tensile strength, elasticity, swelling of networks, solution viscosity, melt flow, and polymerization reactions. Particular reference will be made to aspects affecting production and fabrication of polymeric materials.
Prerequisites: 09-221 and (06-609 or 09-509)
06-606 Computational Methods for Large Scale Process Design & Analysis
Spring: 9 units
This course deals with the underlying computer-aided design techniques for steady-state and dynamic simulation, numerical solution and decomposition strategies for large systems of sparse nonlinear algebraic equations, stiff ordinary differential equations, strategies for mixed algebraic/differential systems and computer architectures for flowsheeting systems.
Prerequisites: 06-361 and 06-262
06-607 Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces
All Semesters: 9 units
Thermodynamics of surfaces; adsorption at gas, liquid, and solid interfaces; capillarity; wetting, spreading, lubrication and adhesion; properties of monolayers and thin films; preparation and characterization of colloids; colloidal stability, flocculation kinetics, micelles, electrokinetic phenomena and emulsions.
Prerequisites: 09-347 and 06-221
06-608 Safety Issues in Science and Engineering Practice
Fall: 3 units
Exposes the students to personal safety issues encountered in normal science and engineering practice. Topics covered include mechanical, electrical, chemical, radiation, and biological hazards, to provide an awareness of these hazards and appropriate action to be taken in the event of an accident.
06-609 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
Fall: 9 units
This course develops fundamental principles of polymer science. Emphasis is placed on physio-chemical concepts associated with the macromolecular nature of polymeric materials. Engineering aspects of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of these materials are discussed in relation to molecular structure. Topics include an introduction to polymer science and a general discussion of commercially important polymers; molecular weight; condensation and addition synthesis mechanisms with emphasis on molecular weight distribution; solution thermodynamics and molecular conformation; rubber elasticity; and the rheological and mechanical properties of polymeric systems. Students not having the prerequisite listed may seek permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: 09-347
06-610 Rheology and Structure of Complex Fluids
Fall: 9 units
This course will cover the basic concepts of rheology and mechanical behavior of fluid systems. Both the experimental and theoretical aspects of rehology will be discussed. The basic forces influencing complex fluid rheology and rheology will be outlined and discussed; including excluded volume, van der Waals, electrostatic and other interactions. Methods of characterizing structure will be covered including scattering techniques, optical polarimetry and microscopy. Examples will focus on several types of complex fluids including polymer solutions and melts, gelling systems, suspensions and self-assembling fluids.
Prerequisites: 09-509 or 06-609
06-619 Semiconductor Processing Technology
Spring: 9 units
This is an introductory course to the physical and chemical concepts involved in integrated circuit processing. The material focuses on basic principles in chemical reaction engineering and how they can be applied to integrated circuit process engineering. Students not having the prerequisites listed may seek permission of the instructor.
Prerequisites: 06-364 and 09-347
06-620 Global Atmospheric Chemistry: Fundamentals and Data Analysis Methods
Spring: 9 units
This course will explore global atmospheric chemistry through a series of case studies: Stratospheric Ozone, Global Methane and OH, and Urban and Regional Ozone. Each case will begin with a description of the chemistry and atmospheric physics fundamental to the particular problem. Students will formulate testable mathematical models incorporating that chemistry and physics, turning then to existing atmospheric data sets to test current understanding. The emphasis of this course is to develop an understanding of how to pose a testable hypotheses in a complex chemical environment such as the atmosphere, validate or refute those hypotheses, and then by extension predict how the system will respond to perturbations. A particular objective is to explore how to extend this methodology from the stratosphere and background troposphere (the first two cases), where it has been applied with success, to the much more complicated problem of urban and regional air quality. Students not having the prerequisites listed may seek permission of the instructor.
Prerequisites: 09-105 and 06-262
06-622 Bioprocess Design
Fall and Spring: 9 units
This course is designed to link concepts of cell culture, bioseparations, formulation and delivery together for the commercial production and use of biologically-based pharmaceuticals; products considered include proteins, nucleic acids, and fermentation-derived fine chemicals. Associated regulatory issues and biotech industry case studies are also included. A fair knowledge of cell culture and fermentation operations is assumed.
Prerequisites: 42-621 or 06-621
06-640 Principles and Applications of Molecular Simulation
Fall and Spring: 9 units
This course will introduce modern concepts and methods for simulating physical and thermodynamics properties of materials from atomic-scales, with special emphasis on the gas and liquid states. Strengths and limitations of molecular simulation methods will be discussed. Topics will include basic statistical mechanics, interatomic potentials, Molecular Dynamics methods, Monte Carlo methods, computation of phase coexistence curves, and Brownian Dynamics.
Prerequisites: 06-262 and 06-321
06-679 Introduction to Meteorology
Fall: 12 units
to be determined by the department
06-708 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control
Spring: 12 units
Modeling and simulation of dynamic behavior of chemical processes. Theoretical and practical aspects of development of optimal and various regulatory control schemes for start-up and continuous process operation. Application of filtering techniques for noisy or estimated data. Process automation.
06-714 Surfaces and Adsorption
Fall and Spring: 12 units
A survey of solid surfaces and gas-solid interactions. Topics include the structure and electronic properties of metal surfaces, the kinetics and thermodynamics of adsorption and desorption processes, and concepts in heterogeneous catalysis. The course emphasizes the application of recent experimental techniques in studying these problems.
06-720 Advanced Process Systems Engineering
Spring: 12 units
A general background on problems, methods, and tools for solving analysis and synthesis problems in process engineering. Formulation and numerical solutions of steady-state and dynamic simulation and optimization problems will be discussed. Insights and solution methods are also covered, based on both heuristics and mixed-integer programming techniques for the synthesis of heat exchanger networks, separation processes, and total process systems.

Research and Teaching Faculty

SHELLEY ANNA, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2003–.

LORENZ T. BIEGLER, University Professor and Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering. Head of Department – Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Carnegie Mellon, 1981–.

KRIS N. DAHL, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

MICHAEL M. DOMACH, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon, 1983–.

NEIL M. DONAHUE, Lord Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.

ANDREW J. GELLMAN, Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

CHRYSANTHOS GOUNARIS, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Princeton University; Carnegie Mellon, 2013–.

IGNACIO E. GROSSMANN, University Dean Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Imperial College, University of London; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.

ANNETTE M. JACOBSON, Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces Program – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon; Carnegie Mellon, 1988–.

MYUNG S. JHON, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Chicago; Carnegie Mellon, 1980–.

COTY JEN, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Carnegie Mellon, 2018–.

ADITYA KHAIR, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering – PhD, California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.

JOHN KITCHIN, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

SPYROS N. PANDIS, Research Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy – Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1993–.

DENNIS C. PRIEVE, Emeritus, Gulf Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 1974–.

TODD M. PRZYBYCIEN, Professor Of Chemical Engineering And Biomedical Engineering – Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1998–.

ALAN RUSSELL, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Imperial College, London; Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

NIKOLAOS V. SAHINIDIS, John E. Swearingen Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.

JAMES W. SCHNEIDER, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.

PAUL J. SIDES, Emeritus, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1981–.

JEFFREY J. SIIROLA, Distinguished Service Professor – PhD, University of Wisconsin; Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.

SUSANA C. STEPPAN, Assistant Teaching Professor – PhD, University of Massachusetts; Carnegie Mellon, 2004–.

ROBERT D. TILTON, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

ZACHARY ULISSI, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2017–.

LYNN M. WALKER, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 1997–.

ARTHUR W. WESTERBERG, Emeritus, University Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., DIC, Imperial College, University of London; Carnegie Mellon, 1976–.

KATHRYN WHITEHEAD, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California; Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

B. ERIK YDSTIE, Professor of Chemical Engineering – Ph.D., Imperial College, University of London; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.