Philosophy: Connecting complex concepts to tangible, every day life experiences is crucial to generating excitement around basic chemical engineering principles. Likewise, the best way to learn is through doing, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design (CHEN E4230) Optimal reactor design leads to prolonged profitability and is essential to protecting our environment from harmful reaction byproducts. This class describes reactor design mathematically in four separate parts: reaction kinetics, stoichiometry, material balance, and energy balance—each of which are covered in different sections throughout the semester. Our goals center on learning how to improve product conversion and reactor design to ultimately save money, time, and energy for industrial applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to fuel production.
NMR of Biological, Soft, and Energy Materials (CHEN E4860) The design of next generation materials is one of the major challenges facing our society. The ability to engineer solar fuels, batteries, and therapeutics that withstand degradation while simultaneously displaying optimal performance rests on our ability to understand how material structure changes during operation or dynamics in the human body. NMR spectroscopy and imaging has played a crucial role in tracking the evolution of phase transformations, ion dynamics, and interfacial phenomena in real time for these complex materials. Currently, many scientists and engineers participating in these critical research fields are not exposed to NMR in their training and likewise—many NMR experts are not active in materials science applications. This course aims to bridge this gap as the use of NMR in both academics and industry becomes increasingly important in material design, reaction monitoring, and device fabrication.