ENCH 468N/648N: Bioanotechnology: Physical Principles
Fall Semester (3 credits)

This course seeks to enable the engineer or physical scientist to understand how biology (nature) has so successfully implemented nano-micro scale concepts in its design. What are the physical principles that underlie the biological assembly of nanoscale structures and “machines”, and how is the structure of these biomolecular assemblies linked to their function? An understanding of these ideas will enable the engineer of the future to exploit biomimetic or bio-inspired design in nanotechnology, materials fabrication and in medicine. The course is targeted towards engineers and physical scientists from all disciplines. Prior exposure to basic molecular biology or biochemistry is highly recommended. Last taught: Fall 2011.

ENCH 470/648C: Soft Nanotechnology: The Engineering of Colloidal, Macromolecular and Self-Assembled Systems
Fall Semester (3 credits)

This course explores the engineering of soft nanostructured materials, or “soft condensed matter”. It describes how the response and self-organization of these materials are directed by intermolecular forces and thermodynamic principles. The course is organized in terms of the building blocks of soft nanotechnology: amphiphiles, macromolecules, and colloidal or nano-particles. The connection with biology and biophysics, as well as with emerging technologies, is highlighted. The course is open to graduate students and senior undergraduates. Basic knowledge of undergraduate mechanics, thermodynamics, calculus, and physical chemistry will be presupposed. Last taught: Fall 2004.


ENCH 640: Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
Spring Semester (3 credits)

Theory and application of chemical kinetics to the design of "real" chemical reactors, including: (a) non-isothermal reactors: simultaneous solution of molar and energy balances, reactor stability and multiple steady states; (b) non-ideal reactors: residence time distributions and reactor flow models; (c) heterogeneous reactors: simultaneous mass transfer and reaction in porous catalysts, overall effectiveness factors. Other advanced topics: multiple steady states in bioreactors for cell growth, kinetics of polymerization reactions, and kinetics of particle and film forming processes by CVD etc. Last taught: Spring 2006.


ENCH 440: Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
Spring Semester (3 credits)

Fundamentals of chemical reaction kinetics and their application to the design and operation of chemical reactors. Isothermal and non-isothermal reactor operation. Bioreactors for cell growth. Kinetics of gas-phase catalysis by solid particles and enzyme-mediated catalysis. Kinetics of thin film deposition by CVD. Mass transfer limitations on reaction kinetics. Last taught: Fall 2012.

Last updated: October 28, 2012

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