Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Vasan Venugopalan, Department Chair
916 Engineering Tower
949-824-5802
http://www.eng.uci.edu/dept/cbe 

Overview

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers the B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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Undergraduate Major in Chemical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Chemical Engineering program will (1) demonstrate achievement by applying a broad knowledge of chemical engineering; (2) apply critical reasoning and quantitative skills to identify and solve problems in chemical engineering; (3) implement skills for effective communication and teamwork; (4) demonstrate the potential to effectively lead chemical engineering projects in industry, government, or academia; and (5) exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning.

(Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Chemical Engineering uses knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, and humanities to solve societal problems in areas such as energy, health, the environment, food, clothing, shelter, and materials and serves a variety of processing industries whose vast array of products include chemicals, petroleum products, plastics, pharmaceuticals, foods, textiles, fuels, consumer products, and electronic and cryogenic materials. Chemical engineers also serve society in improving the environment by reducing and eliminating pollution.

The undergraduate curriculum in Chemical Engineering builds on basic courses in chemical engineering, other branches of engineering, and electives which provide a strong background in humanities and human behavior. Elective programs developed by the student with a faculty advisor may include such areas as applied chemistry, biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering, chemical processing, environmental engineering, materials science, process control systems engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Admissions

High School Students: See School Admissions information.

Transfer Students: Preference will be given to junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall, and who have satisfactorily completed the following required courses: two years of approved calculus, one year of calculus-based physics with laboratories (mechanics, electricity and magnetism), completion of lower-division writing, one year of general chemistry (with laboratory), one year of organic chemistry (with laboratory),  and one course in introductory programming. For course equivalency specific to each college, visit http://assist.org.

Students are encouraged to complete as many of the lower-division degree requirements as possible prior to transfer. Students who enroll at UCI in need of completing lower-division coursework may find that it will take longer than two years to complete their degrees. For further information, contact The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at 949-824-4334.

Requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Engineering

All students are required to meet the University Requirements.
All students are required to meet the School Requirements.
Major Requirements
Mathematics and Basic Science Courses:
CHEM 1A General Chemistry
or ENGR 1A General Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 1B- 1C- 1LC- 1LD General Chemistry
and General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 51A- 51B- 51C- 51LB- 51LC Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
or
Honors Organic Chemistry
and Honors Organic Chemistry
and Honors Organic Chemistry
and Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CBE 105 Engineering Physical Chemistry
MATH 2A- 2B Single-Variable Calculus
and Single-Variable Calculus
MATH 2D Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2E Multivariable Calculus
MATH 3A Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 3D Elementary Differential Equations
PHYSICS 7C- 7LC Classical Physics
and Classical Physics Laboratory
PHYSICS 7D- 7LD Classical Physics
and Classical Physics Laboratory
Engineering Topics Courses:
Students must complete a minimum of 18 units of engineering design.
CBE 40A- 40B- 40C Chemical Processes and Material Balances
and Process Thermodynamics
and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CBE 100 Introduction to Numerical Methods in Engineering
CBE 110 Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design
CBE 120A- 120B- 120C Momentum Transfer
and Heat Transfer
and Mass Transfer
CBE 130 Separation Processes
CBE 145 Chemical Process Control
CBE 140A- 140B Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
and Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
CBE 150A- 150B Chemical Engineering Design I
and Chemical Engineering Design II
ENGR 54 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering
ENGRMAE 10 Introduction to Engineering Computations
Students select, with the approval of a faculty advisor, any additional engineering topics courses needed to satisfy school and department requirements.
Technical Elective Courses:
Students select, with the approval of a faculty advisor, a minimum of 19 units of technical electives. Students may select an area of specialization and complete the associated requirements, as shown below.
(The nominal Chemical Engineering program will require 192 units of courses to satisfy all university and major requirements. Students typically need at least 14 units of engineering topics from technical electives to meet school requirements. Because each student comes to UCI with a different level of preparation, the actual number of units will vary.)
Engineering Professional Topics Course:
ENGR 190W Communications in the Professional World
Specialization in Biomolecular Engineering:
Requires:
CBE 161 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
and a minimum of 8 units from the following:
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Engineering
Cell and Molecular Engineering
Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems
Tissue Engineering
Kinetics of Biochemical Networks
Individual Study
Specialization in Energy and the Environment:
Requires a minimum of 11 units including at least one course from the following:
Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Nano-Scale Materials and Applications
Chemistry and Technology for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Individual Study
and select the remaining units from the following:
Environmental Processes
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Wastewater Treatment Process Design
Water Resources Engineering
Groundwater Hydrology
Combustion and Fuel Cell Systems
Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technology
Air Pollution and Control
Specialization in Materials Science:
Requires a minimum of 12 units from:
Polymer Science and Engineering
Mechanical Behavior and Design Principles
Ceramic Materials for Sustainable Energy
Computer Techniques in Experimental Research
Semiconductor Device Packaging
Design Failure Investigation
Individual Study (up to 4 units)
Mechanics of Structures 1
Composite Materials and Structures

Planning a Program of Study

The sample program of study chart shown is typical for the major in Chemical Engineering. Students should keep in mind that this program is based upon a sequence of prerequisites, beginning with adequate preparation in high school mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Students who are not adequately prepared, or who wish to make changes in the sequence for other reasons, must have their program approved by their faculty advisor. Chemical Engineering majors are encouraged to consult with academic counselors as needed, and students who are academically at risk are mandated to see a counselor as frequently as deemed necessary by the advising staff.

Sample Program of Study — Chemical Engineering

Freshman
Fall Winter Spring
MATH 2AMATH 2BMATH 2D
ENGRMAE 10PHYSICS 7CPHYSICS 7D
CHEM 1A or ENGR 1APHYSICS 7LCPHYSICS 7LD
General EducationCHEM 1BCHEM 1C
 General EducationCHEM 1LC
Sophomore
Fall Winter Spring
MATH 3AMATH 3DMATH 2E
CHEM 51ACHEM 51BCHEM 51C
CHEM 1LDCHEM 51LBCHEM 51LC
CBE 40ACBE 40BCBE 40C
General EducationENGR 54General Education
Junior
Fall Winter Spring
CBE 120ACBE 110CBE 120C
CBE 100CBE 120BCBE 130
General EducationCBE 105Technical Elective
General EducationGeneral EducationGeneral Education
Senior
Fall Winter Spring
CBE 145CBE 150ACBE 150B
CBE 140ACBE 140BTechnical Elective
ENGR 190WTechnical ElectiveTechnical Elective
Technical ElectiveGeneral EducationGeneral Education

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Graduate Study in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineering uses the knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, and social sciences to solve societal problems such as energy, health, environment, food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. It serves a variety of processing industries whose vast array of products include chemicals, petroleum products, plastics, pharmaceuticals, foods, semiconductors, textiles, fuels, consumer products, and electronic and cryogenic materials. It also serves society to improve the environment by reducing and eliminating pollution. Chemical engineering is an engineering discipline that has its strongest ties with the molecular sciences. This is an important asset since sciences such as chemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine, and solid-state physics are providing the seeds for future technologies. Chemical engineering has a bright future as the discipline which will bridge science with engineering in multidisciplinary environments.

Biomolecular Engineering is concerned with the processing of biological materials and processes that use biological agents such as living cells, enzymes, or antibodies. Biomolecular Engineering, with integrated knowledge of the principles of biology and chemical engineering, plays a major engineering role in the rapidly developing area of biotechnology. Career opportunities in Biomolecular Engineering are available in a variety of industries such as biotechnology, chemical, environmental, food, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

The principal objectives of the graduate curriculum in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are to develop and expand students’ abilities to solve new and more challenging engineering problems and to promote their skills in independent thinking and learning in preparation for careers in manufacturing, research, or teaching. These objectives are reached through a program of course work and research designed by each student with the assistance, advice, and approval of a primary faculty advisor and a faculty advisory committee. Programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are offered.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that students have background and training in core Chemical Engineering topics (transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics) as well as a strong background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. A student who enters the program without undergraduate preparation in chemical engineering is required to take three to five additional prerequisite courses (MATH 3A and MATH 3D, and CBE 40B-CBE 40C, CBE 110, CBE 161, and CBE 120A).

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following courses for the M.S. and as a basis for the Ph.D. preliminary examination.

CBE 210 Reaction Engineering
CBE 220A Transport Phenomena I
CBE 200 Applied Engineering Mathematics I
CBE 240 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

Electives

Graduate advisors should be consulted on the selection of elective courses. All graduate courses offered in CBE are potential electives. Graduate-level courses offered in other Engineering departments and relevant graduate courses from other schools may also be taken as electives.

Additional Information

Students are required to consult the graduate student handbook for more specific details regarding the course, exam, and unit requirements.

Master of Science Degree

Two plans are available for the M.S. degree: a thesis option and a comprehensive examination option. Opportunities are available for part-time study toward the M.S.

Plan I: Thesis Option

For the M.S. thesis option, students are required to complete a research study of great depth and originality and obtain approval for a complete program of study. A minimum of 36 units is required for the M.S. The following are required: four required core courses, three quarters of CBE 298 (Department Seminar), five additional graduate elective courses numbered 200–289 (or 200–295 if offered by other departments), related to their field of graduate studies, and approved by the graduate advisor. Up to two of these elective courses can be substituted by up to eight units of CBE 296 (M.S. Thesis Research), and one of the elective courses may be substituted by an upper-division undergraduate elective course approved by the CBE graduate advisor.

Full-time graduate students must enroll in the departmental seminar each quarter during their first year unless exempt by petition.

Plan II: Comprehensive Examination Option

For the comprehensive examination option, students are required to complete 36 units of study and a comprehensive examination. The following are required: four required core courses, three quarters of CBE 298 (Department Seminar), five additional graduate elective courses numbered 200–289 (or 200–295 if offered by other departments), related to their field of graduate studies, and approved by the graduate advisor. One of the elective courses may be substituted by an upper-division undergraduate elective course approved by the CBE graduate advisor. Research units (CBE 296/CBE 299) do not count towards the degree requirements of the Comprehensive Exam Option.

Full-time graduate students must enroll in the departmental seminar each quarter during their first year unless exempt by petition.

In addition to fulfilling the course requirements outlined above, it is a University requirement for the Master of Science degree that students fulfill a minimum of 36 units of study.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering requires a commitment on the part or the student to dedicated study and collaboration with the faculty. Ph.D. students are selected on the basis of outstanding demonstrated potential and scholarship. Applicants must hold the appropriate prerequisite degrees from recognized institutions of high standing. After substantial preparation, Ph.D. candidates work under the supervision of faculty advisors. The process involves extended immersion in a research atmosphere and culminates in the production of original research results presented in a dissertation.

Milestones to be passed in the Ph.D. program in order to remain in good standing include the following: acceptance into a research group by the faculty advisor at the end of the student’s first year of study; successful completion of the Ph.D. preliminary examination by the end of the second year; preparation for pursuing research and the development of a research proposal culminating in passing the Qualifying Examination by the end of the third year of the Ph.D. program. The Qualifying Examination includes faculty evaluation of a written research dossier and an oral presentation. Students must advance to candidacy in their third year (second year for students who entered with a master’s degree).

The core course requirements for the Ph.D. are the same as for the M.S. Students must enroll in the departmental seminar each quarter during their first year unless exempt by petition. Ph.D. students must take two additional elective courses beyond the M.S. requirements. These courses are to be taken after the first year of graduate work, should be relevant to the Ph.D. dissertation topic, and must be selected in consultation with the research advisor and approved by the CBE graduate advisor. The preliminary examination is based on the four core courses and the ability of the student to comprehend and present a research paper. M.S. students who have completed a CBE M.S. degree elsewhere must have a written approval by the graduate advisor to waive required CBE core courses, if they have taken the equivalent courses elsewhere.

Final examination involves the oral presentation and defense of an acceptable dissertation in a seminar attended by students and faculty. The Ph.D. is granted upon the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee and the Dean of the Graduate Division. The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. is five years (four years for students who entered with a master’s degree). The maximum time permitted is seven years.

Relationship of M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

Students applying with the objective of a Ph.D. are admitted to the M.S./Ph.D. program only if they are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program. These students do not formally re-apply to the Ph.D. program after completing the M.S. Students who apply to the M.S.-only program must petition for the Ph.D. program if they desire to continue on for the Ph.D. Financial support is usually reserved for those students who plan to complete the Ph.D. The normative time to complete M.S. and Ph.D. degrees is two and five years, respectively.

Courses

CBE 40A. Chemical Processes and Material Balances. 4 Units.

Introduction to chemical engineering and the industries where chemical engineers play vital roles. Problem-solving skills and techniques. Quantitative calculations and applications using mass and energy balances. Stoichiometric equations, multiple bypasses, and others in process industries.

Prerequisite: MATH 2B and PHYSICS 7C and (CHEM 1B or CHEM H2B)

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Environmental Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 40B. Process Thermodynamics. 3 Units.

Principles of thermodynamics: definitions, basic concepts, and laws; property relationships; construction of thermodynamic charts and tables; energy balances; phase and chemical equilibria; combined mass and energy balances.

Prerequisite: CBE 40A and (MATH 3A or I&C SCI 6N). CBE 40A with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 40C. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 4 Units.

Elements of chemical engineering thermodynamics, including equilibrium and stability; equations of state; generalized correlations of properties of materials; properties of ideal and non-ideal mixtures; thermodynamics of real solutions; ideal and non-ideal phase equilibria; chemical equilibria for ideal and non-ideal solutions.

Prerequisite: (EECS 10 or EECS 12 or I&C SCI 31 or ENGRMAE 10) and MATH 2D and CBE 40B. CBE 40B with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 100. Introduction to Numerical Methods in Engineering. 3 Units.

An introduction to the fundamentals of numerical analysis and the computer algorithms in MATLAB for the solution of engineering problems, with emphasis on problems arising in chemical engineering thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and reaction engineering.

Prerequisite: CBE 40C

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 105. Engineering Physical Chemistry. 4 Units.

Provides an integrated view of both classical and molecular perspectives on thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, entropy, and the second law. Students learn how to use statistical mechanics to create a bridge between the quantum mechanical world and the familiar macroscopic one.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1C and CBE 40C and (PHYSICS 7D or PHYSICS 7E)

Overlaps with CHEM 132A, CHEM 132B, CHEM 132C.

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 110. Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design. 4 Units.

Introduction to quantitative analysis of chemical reactions and chemical reactor design. Reactor operations including batch, continuous stirred tank, and tubular reactor. Homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1C and MATH 3D and CBE 40B and CBE 40C and CBE 100. CBE 40B with a grade of C- or better. CBE 40C with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 120A. Momentum Transfer. 4 Units.

Fluid statics, surface tension, Newton's law of viscosity, non-Newtonian and complex flows, momentum equations, laminar and turbulent flow, velocity profiles, flow in pipes and around objects, piping systems design, pumps and mixing, and other applications to chemical and related industries.

Prerequisite: CBE 40C and MATH 3D. CBE 40C with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 120B. Heat Transfer. 3 Units.

Principles of conduction, radiation, and convection of heat; phenomenological rate laws, differential and macroscopic energy balances; heat transfer rates, steady state and unsteady state conduction, convection; applications to chemical and related industries.

Prerequisite: CBE 120A. CBE 120A with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 120C. Mass Transfer. 3 Units.

Molecular and continuum approaches to diffusion and convection in multi-component mixtures; steady state, quasi-steady state and transient mass transfer; effect of reactions on mass transfer; convective mass transfer; simultaneous mass, heat and momentum transfer; applications to chemical and related industries.

Prerequisite: CBE 120B and CBE 100

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 130. Separation Processes. 4 Units.

Application of equilibria and mass and energy balances for design of separation processes. Use of equilibrium laws for design of distillation, absorption, stripping, and extraction equipment. Design of multicomponent separators.

Prerequisite: CBE 40B and CBE 40C. CBE 40B with a grade of C- or better. CBE 40C with a grade of C- or better

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 140A. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. 4 Units.

Experimental study of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer. Operation and evaluation of process equipment, data analysis. Materials fee.

Prerequisite: CBE 110 and (CBE 120C or BME 150)

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 140B. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. 4 Units.

Continuation of the CBE 140A covering mass transfer operations such as distillation, absorption, extraction, etc. Rate and equilibria studies in simple chemical systems with and without reaction. Study of chemical process. Materials fee.

Prerequisite: CBE 130 and CBE 145 and CBE 140A

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 145. Chemical Process Control. 4 Units.

Dynamic responses and control of chemical process equipment, dynamic modeling of chemical processes, linear system analysis, analyses and design of feedback loops and advanced control systems.

Prerequisite: CBE 110 and CBE 120B and CBE 120C

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 150A. Chemical Engineering Design I. 3 Units.

Introduction to process design; flow sheets for chemical processes; synthesis of multicomponent separation sequences and reaction paths; synthesis of heat exchange networks; computer-aided design and simulation of processes and components pacts.

Prerequisite: CBE 110 and CBE 120C and CBE 130

Restriction: Seniors only. Chemical Engineering Majors only.

CBE 150B. Chemical Engineering Design II. 3 Units.

Application of chemical engineering basics to practical design problems; process economics; process safety; environmental impacts; a major team design project with progress reports, oral presentation, and technical report with engineering drawings and economics.

Prerequisite: CBE 150A

Restriction: Seniors only. Chemical Engineering Majors only.

CBE 160. Engineering Biology. 3 Units.

First-principle introduction to the modern biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology with an engineering language. The goal is to demonstrate that the vastly diverse biological phenomena can be explained by a set of fundamental principles in chemistry, thermodynamics, and kinetics.

CBE 161. Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. 3 Units.

Application of engineering principles to biochemical processes. Topics include microbial pathways, energetics and control systems, enzyme and microbial kinetics, and the design and analysis of biological reactors.

Prerequisite: CBEMS 110 and (CHEM 1C or CHEM H2C) and MATH 3D

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 163. Kinetics of Biochemical Networks. 4 Units.

Principles from statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics applied to biochemical systems, from fundamental processes such as receptor-ligand binding and enzyme catalysis, to complex cellular functions including signal transduction and gene regulation.

Prerequisite: CBE 120A

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Concurrent with CBE 263.

CBE 176. Nuclear and Radiochemistry. 4 Units.

Advanced treatment of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, and radioactive-decay processes. Introduction to nuclear activation analysis, isotope effects, radiation chemistry, hot-atom chemistry, nuclear age-dating methods, nuclear reactors, and nuclear power.

Prerequisite: (CHEM M3C or CHEM 1C or CHEM H2C) and MATH 2D

Same as CHEM 133.
Overlaps with CHEM 170.

Restriction: Chemistry Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Concurrent with CHEM 233 and CBE 276.

CBE 178. Chemistry and Technology for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. 4 Units.

Introduces basic concepts of nuclear chemistry and focuses on chemical engineering aspects of the nuclear power industry. A broad survey of the nuclear fuel cycle (uranium processing, reactor concepts, spent fuel treatment and repositories) is given.

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Concurrent with CBE 278.

CBE 181. Polymer Science and Engineering. 4 Units.

An introduction to physical aspects of polymers, including configuration and conformation of polymer chains and characterization techniques; crystallinity, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties, polymer alloys, processing, and application.

Prerequisite: ENGR 54 and (CBE 110 or ENGRMSE 165)

Same as ENGRMSE 154.

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Concurrent with ENGRMSE 254 and CBE 281.

CBE 183. Surface and Adhesion Science. 4 Units.

Structure, thermodynamics of, kinetics, and reactions on surfaces. Surface electronic and mechanical properties and characterization of all classes of materials including metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, and soft materials. Adhesion between different materials is also addressed.

Prerequisite: (CBE 110 or ENGRMSE 165) and (ENGRMSE 141 or ENGRMSE 169)

Same as ENGRMSE 176.

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Concurrent with ENGRMSE 276 and CBE 283.

CBE 187. Semiconductor Device Packaging. 3 Units.

Introduction to the semiconductor device packaging and assembly process. Electrical, thermal, optical, and mechanical aspects of package design and reliability. Special topics on optoelectronics packaging will be covered.

Prerequisite: CBE 40B

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 195. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-4 Units.

Studies in selected areas of Chemical Engineering. Topics addressed vary each quarter.

Prerequisite: Prerequisites vary.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

CBE 198. Group Study. 1-4 Units.

Group study of selected topics in engineering.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Upper-division students only.

CBE 199. Individual Study. 1-4 Units.

For undergraduate engineering majors in supervised but independent readings, research, or design. Students taking individual study for design credit are to submit a written paper to the instructor and to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office in the School of Engineering.

Repeatability: May be taken for credit for 8 units.

Restriction: Chemical Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

CBE 199P. Individual Study. 1-4 Units.

For undergraduate Engineering majors in supervised but independent reading, research, or design. Students taking individual study for design credit are to submit a written paper to the instructor and to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office in The School of Engineering.

Grading Option: Pass/no pass only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

CBE 200. Applied Engineering Mathematics I. 4 Units.

Analytical techniques applied to engineering problems in transport phenomena, process dynamics and control, and thermodynamics.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 210. Reaction Engineering. 4 Units.

Advanced topics in reaction engineering, reactor stability analysis, diffusional effect in heterogeneous catalysis, energy balance, optimization of reactor operation, dispersed in phase reactors.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 220A. Transport Phenomena I. 4 Units.

Heat, mass, and momentum transfer theory from the viewpoint of the basic transport equations. Steady and unsteady state; laminar and turbulent flow; boundary layer theory, mechanics of turbulent transport with specific application to complex chemical engineering situations.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 220B. Transport Phenomena II. 4 Units.

Introduces flow of isothermal fluids from a momentum transport viewpoint. Steady- and unsteady-state creeping and laminar flows; viscous and inviscid flows; Navier-Stokes equations; lubrication theory; boundary layer theory; with specific application to complex chemical and biological engineering processes.

Prerequisite: CBE 220A

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 240. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics. 4 Units.

Introduction to modern thermodynamics and applications, with a focus on aspects relevant to chemical and materials engineering. Mathematical tools; equilibrium and stability; microscope rigorous equations of state; molecular-level thermodynamics of real mixtures; and phase and chemical equilibrium.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 249. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-4 Units.

Studies in selected areas of Chemical Engineering. Topics addressed vary each quarter.

Prerequisite: Prerequisites vary.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 250. Research Methods and Technical Communication. 4 Units.

Intended for Ph.D. students to develop critical research skills in creating archival papers, intellectual property and technical proposals, and in analysis of the scientific literature.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 261. Molecular Biotechnology. 4 Units.

Engineering and biological principles important in recombinant cell technology. Host/vector selection; plasmid propagation; optimization of cloned gene expression; metabolic engineering; protein secretion; experimental techniques; modeling of recombinant cell systems.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 262. Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology. 4 Units.

Synthesis of chemicals from renewable carbon and energy sources using.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 263. Kinetics of Biochemical Networks . 4 Units.

Principles from statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics applied to biochemical systems, from fundamental processes such as receptor-ligand binding and enzyme catalysis, to complex cellular functions including signal transduction and gene regulation.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with CBE 163.

CBE 264. Drug Delivery. 4 Units.

Introduction to design of drug delivery systems. Includes physicochemical and pharmacokinetic considerations in drug formulations, types of therapeutics, routes of administration, biomaterials, and novel drug delivery systems.

CBE 266. Bioseparation Processes. 4 Units.

Introduction to design of bioseparation processes. The recovery and purification of biologically produced proteins, chemicals, and particulates are important. Focuses on the use of chemical engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of biologically-based processes.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 276. Nuclear and Radiochemistry. 4 Units.

Advanced treatment of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, and radioactive-decay processes. Introduction to nuclear activation analysis, isotope effects, radiation chemistry, hot-atom chemistry, nuclear age-dating methods, nuclear reactors, and nuclear power.

Same as CHEM 233.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with CHEM 133 and CBE 176.

CBE 277. Detection and Measurement of Radiation. 4 Units.

Basic principles of detection and measurement of ionizing radiation; both theory and practical aspects of measurement techniques for alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation, properties of different detector materials, electronics and data treatments, and analysis.

Prerequisite: CHEM 233 or CBE 276

Same as CHEM 244.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 278. Chemistry and Technology for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. 4 Units.

Introduces basic concepts of nuclear chemistry and focuses on chemical engineering aspects of the nuclear power industry. A broad survey of the nuclear fuel cycle (uranium processing, reactor concepts, spent fuel treatment and repositories) is given.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with CBE 178.

CBE 281. Polymer Science and Engineering. 4 Units.

An introduction to physical aspects of polymers, including configuration and conformation of polymer chains and characterization techniques; crystallinity visoelasticity, rheology, and processing.

Same as ENGRMSE 254.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with CBE 181 and ENGRMSE 154.

CBE 282. Colloid Science and Engineering. 4 Units.

An introduction to the basic foundations of colloid science, interfacial phenomena, suspensions and complex fluids, and engineering and assembly of colloidal materials.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 283. Surface and Adhesion Science. 4 Units.

Structure, thermodynamics of, kinetics, and reactions on surfaces. Surface electronic and mechanical properties and characterization of all classes of materials including metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, and soft materials. Adhesion between different materials is also addressed.

Same as ENGRMSE 276.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with ENGRMSE 176 and CBE 183.

CBE 288. Optoelectronics Packaging. 4 Units.

Basic and current issues in the packaging of integrated circuits (IC) and fiber-optic devices are discussed.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 295. Seminars in Engineering. 1-4 Units.

Seminars scheduled each year by individual faculty in major field of interest.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 296. Master of Science Thesis Research. 1-16 Units.

Individual research or investigation conducted in preparation for the thesis required for the M.S. degree.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 297. Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Research. 1-16 Units.

Individual research or investigation conducted in preparation for the dissertation required for the Ph.D. degree.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 298. Seminars in Engineering. 2 Units.

Presentation of advanced topics and reports of current research efforts in chemical engineering.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

CBE 299. Individual Research. 1-16 Units.

Individual research or investigation under the direction of an individual faculty member.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Faculty

Tayloria Adams, Ph.D. Michigan Technological University, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (dielectrophoresis, microfluidic devices, stem cells, biomarker development, cell membrane biophysics, cell sorting)
Plamen Atanassov, Ph.D. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science and Engineering (electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes; bio-electrocatalysis and energy harvesting systems)
Nancy A. Da Silva, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering (molecular biotechnology, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, eukaryotic expression systems, biorenewable chemicals)
Alon A. Gorodetsky, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science and Engineering (cephalopods, adaptive materials, camouflage, bioelectronics)
Juan Hong, Ph.D. Purdue University, Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Daniel Knight, Ph.D. Ohio State University, Assistant Professor of Teaching of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (engineering pedagogy)
Han Li, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (molecular biotechnology)
Ali Mohraz, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (colloid science, soft matter engineering with applications in health care and energy materials)
Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D. Chalmers University of Technology, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science and Engineering (actinide chemistry, solvent extraction fundamental chemistry and process development, extraction and detection equipment development, radiolysis and phase composition of organic solvent)
Elizabeth L. Read, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (dynamics of complex biochemical systems, regulation of immune responses)
Frank G. Shi, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (optoelectronic devices and materials, optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging)
Vasan Venugopalan, ScD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Surgery (laser-induced thermal, mechanical and radiative transport processes for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, biotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS))
Szu-Wen Wang, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering (combining principles of self-assembly with nature-inspired macromolecular systems to engineer new materials and therapeutic strategies)
Albert Fan Yee, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering (materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology)
Iryna Zenyuk, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Director of National Fuel Cell Research Center and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (renewable energy, fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, X-ray imaging techniques, multi-scale modeling, transport phenomena)

Affiliate Faculty

Shane Ardo, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (inorganic and organometallic, physical chemistry and chemical physics, polymer, materials, nanoscience)
Anna Grosberg, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (computational modeling of biological systems, biomechanics, cardiac tissue engineering)
Zhibin Guan, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (chemical biology, organic and synthetic, polymer, materials, nanoscience)
Jered Haun, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (nanotechnology, molecular engineering, computational simulations, targeted drug delivery, clinical cancer detection)
Allon I. Hochbaum, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry (nanoscale materials and hybrid bio-inorganic devices for applications in clean energy)
Michelle Khine, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (development of novel nano- and micro-fabrication technologies and systems for single cell analysis, stem cell research, in-vitro diagnostics)
Young Jik Kwon, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (gene therapy, drug delivery, cancer-targeted therapeutics, combined molecular imaging and therapy, cancer vaccine)
Matthew Law, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (inorganic and organometallic, physical chemistry and chemical physics, polymer, materials, nanoscience)
Mo Li, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering (responsive materials, multifunctional materials and structures, fracture mechanics, cement chemistry, industrial ecology, materials-structure-environment interaction)
Wendy F. Liu, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (biomaterials, microdevices in cardiovascular engineering, cell-cell and cell-micro-environment interactions, cell functions and controls)
Ray Luo, Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (protein structure, noncovalent associations involving proteins)
Marc J. Madou, Ph.D. Ghent University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (miniaturization science (MEMS and NEMS) with emphasis on chemical and biological applications )
Martha L. Mecartney, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ceramics for energy applications and for use in extreme environments, flash sintering, interfacial design of thermal conductivity, transmission electron microscopy)
Bihter Padak, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Regina Ragan, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices)
Timothy Rupert, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization)
William C. Tang, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) nanoscale engineering for biomedical applications, microsystems integration, microimplants, microbiomechanics, microfluidics)
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