Course Catalog: 2013-2014
Course/Title:
CHBE 100-INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
A series of lectures for freshman that outline how chemical and biomolecular engineers tackle today's major energy, health, environmental and economic challenges by working to provide sustainable and affordable energy, by designing new materials, biological products or medical therapeutics, and by developing production methods that are friendly to our environment.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 281-ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Students will work in teams to develop substainable solutions for energy or environmental problems affecting our Houston and Rice communities. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of engineering fundamentals with societal issues, environmental and safety considerations, sustainability and professional communications. Prerequisites: Introductory Engineering Courses, or Permission of Instructor. Cross-list: ENST 281.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 301-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Use of basic mathematical concepts and computer tools, physical laws, stoichiometry and the thermodynamic properties of matter to obtain material and energy balances for steady and unsteady state systems. Required for sophomores intending to major in chemical engineering.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 122 OR CHEM 152
Co-requisite: CHBE 303
CHBE 303-COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
An introduction to computer programming for chemical engineering applications using MATLAB and FORTRAN.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Co-requisite: CHBE 301
CHBE 305-COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Introduction to modern practice and chemical engineering applications of scientific computing: approximations and round-off errors; solution of nonlinear algebraic equations; solution of systems of linear equations; unconstrained and constrained optimization; least squares regression; interpolation; numerical solution of ordinary differential equations; chaos; boundary value problems. Principles illustrated through chemical engineering examples.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 301 AND CHBE 303
CHBE 310-FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Molecular biology fundamentals: DNA replication, transcription, and translation; regulation. Biochemical engineering: cellular metabolism, enzyme kinetics and bioreactor design. Recombinant DNA technologies and genetic engineering: manipulation of gene expression and protein production; molecular diagnostics and therapeutics.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 211 AND CHBE 301
CHBE 343-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LAB I
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Experiments demonstrating principles presented in core chemical engineering courses.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 390 AND CHBE 401 AND CHBE 411
CHBE 350-PROCESS SAFETY IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This new course will be required starting with Chemical Engineering majors that matriculate Fall 2013. The course will be required in the junior year.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 381-ICT DESIGNS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course URL: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~kvp1/design_course.pdf
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have tremendous economic benefits, yet at an increasing cost to society with sustainability emerging as the major challenge. After an introduction, students will work on design projects based on ICT at the nexus of engineering, sciences and medicine. Cross-list: COMP 381.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 382-INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Topics in development and environmental economics focusing on how innovation can improve underdeveloped economies and our environment. Introduction to a general framework for assessing the impact of humans on the environment. Environmental consequences of increasing energy use. Case studies showing how innovation information technologies can provide alternatives for sustainable growth. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CHBE 582.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 390-CHEMICAL KINETICS AND REACTOR DESIGN
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
General areas that are covered in this course are (1) principles of chemical kinetics; (2) analysis of reaction rate data; (3) heterogeneous catalysis; (4) ideal reactor design and sizing; and (5) heat effects in reactor designs.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 301 AND CHBE 303 AND CHBE 305 AND MATH 211 AND (MATH 212 OR MATH 222)
CHBE 401-TRANSPORT PHENOMENA I
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Fundamental principles of energy, mass, and momentum transport applied to the continuum; analysis of macroscopic physical systems based on the continuum equations; applications in chemical engineering practice.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): (CHBE 305 AND MATH 211) AND MATH 212 OR MATH 222 AND (PHYS 101 AND PHYS 102) OR (PHYS 112 AND PHYS 111)
CHBE 402-TRANSPORT PHENOMENA II
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Continuation of CHBE 401. Emphasis on energy and mass transport applied to the continuum. CAAM 336 and MATH 381 may be taken concurrently with CHBE 402.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 401 AND (CAAM 336 OR MATH 381)
CHBE 403-DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Product and process design fundamentals. Economic analysis. Use of modern simulation tools for chemical engineering design.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 390 AND CHBE 402 AND CHBE 412
CHBE 404-PRODUCT AND PROCESS DESIGN
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Strategies for optimal product and process design. Industrial economic principles. Special process or product design projects in small groups.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 403
CHBE 411-THERMODYNAMICS I
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Development and application of the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 301 AND CHBE 303
CHBE 412-THERMODYNAMICS II
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Advanced treatment of chemical and phase equilibria in multicomponent systems. Includes a detailed study of nonideal solutions.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 411
CHBE 420-BIOSYSTEMS TRANSPORT AND REACTION PROCESSES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Application of the basic principles of transport and reaction to analyze momentum, heat, and mass transport, and reaction processes in the human body. Includes mathematical modeling to describe physiologic function, to understand pathological conditions, and to design bioartificial organs with emphasis on the quantification of biomedical systems in relation to underlying molecular mechanisms and cellular behavior. Cross-list: BIOE 420.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 211 AND MATH 212 AND (BIOE 332 OR CHBE 411)
CHBE 443-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LAB II
Credits: 2
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Experiments demonstrating principles presented in core chemical engineering courses, operations, and thermodynamic principles as covered in CHBE 401, 402, 411.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 343 AND CHBE 402 AND CHBE 412
CHBE 450-PETROLEUM PHASE BEHAVIOR AND FLOW ASSURANCE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Reviews fundamentals of phase and chemical equalibria thermodynamics focusing on the application of experimental and advanced modeling techniques to characterize reservoir fluids and predict their phase behavior and thermo-physical properties. Intended for students who wish to develop expertise on PVT modeling and gain understanding of common petroleum flow assurance problems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CHBE 550.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 305 AND CHBE 412
CHBE 460-BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Design, operation, and analysis of processes in the biochemical industries. Topics include enzyme kinetics, cell growth kinetics, energetics, recombinant DNA technology, microbial, tissue and plant cell cultures, bioreactor design and operation, down stream processing. Cross-list: BIOE 460.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): BIOE 252
CHBE 470-PROCESS DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Modeling of dynamic processes. Response of uncontrolled systems. Transfer functions. Feedback controllers; response and stability of controlled systems; frequency response. Design of feedback controllers. Cascade, feed forward and multivariable control systems. Introduction to computer control. Use of simulators to design feedback controllers. Required for B.S. majors in chemical engineering.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHBE 390 AND CHBE 402 AND CHBE 412
CHBE 499-UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 6
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Independent investigation of a specific topic or problem in modern chemical engineering research under the direction of a selected faculty member.
Department permission required
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 501-FLUID MECHANICS AND TRANSPORT PROCESSES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Advanced study in fluid mechanics and transport processes including analytical and numerical approximation methods, boundary layer theory, and potential flow theory.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 510-FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Molecular biology fundamentals: DNA replication, transcription, and translation; regulation. Biochemcial engineering: cellular metabolism, enzyme kinetics and bioractor design. Recombinant DNA technologies and genetic engineering: manipulation of gene expression and protein production; molecular diagnostics and therapeutics.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 540-STATISTICAL MECHANICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
A development of the principles of statistical mechanics with applications.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 550-PETROLEUM PHASE BEHAVIOR AND FLOW ASSURANCE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Reviews fundamentals of phase and chemical equalibria thermodynamics focusing on the application of experimental and advanced modeling techniques to characterize reservoir fluids and predict their phase behavior and thermo-physical properties. Intended for students who wish to develop expertise on PVT modeling and gain understanding of common petroleum flow assurance problems. At the graduate level (CHBE 550), a final project will be required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CHBE 450.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): (CHBE 305 AND CHBE 412)
CHBE 560-COLLOIDAL AND INTERFACIAL PHENOMENA
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course will provide knowledge into the fundamentals of colloidal interactions (e.g., stabilisation, adsorption, self-assembly) and the techniques currently applied for their assessment. Apart from the theoretical background, the course will also provide applicable knowledge by covering current and emerging applications involving these phenomena. Interfacial tension, wetting and spreading, contact angle hysteresis, interaction between colloid particles, stability of interfaces, flow and transport near interfaces will be covered. Cross-list: MSCI 560.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 571-FLOW AND TRANSPORT THROUGH POROUS MEDIA I
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Study of the geology, chemistry, and physics of multicomponent, multiphase fluids in porous media. Includes hydrostatic and hydrodynamic properties of fluids in soils and rocks and the simulation of fundamental transport processes in one dimension.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 580-PROTEIN ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Manipulation of gene expression in prokarytoic and eukaryotic cells. Rational design and directed solutions for cell and protein engineering. Selection and screening technologies and process optimization. Synthetic Biology: engineering and application of gene circuits. Molecular biotechnology applications: Diagnosis, Therapeutics and Vaccines. Cross-list: BIOC 580, BIOE 580. CHBE 310/510 or equivalent is highly recommended.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 582-INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Topics in development and environmental economics focusing on how innovation can improve underdeveloped economies and our environment. Introduction to a general framework for assessing the impact of humans on the environment. Environmental consequences of increasing energy use. Case studies showing how innovation information technologies can provide alternatives for sustainable growth. NOTE: Graduate students taking this course will have to write and present a term paper on sustainability, economics and environmental costs, or IT innovation. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CHBE 382.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 590-KINETICS, CATALYSIS, AND REACTION ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Review of kinetics and reactor design equations; heterogeneous catalysis; catalyst preparation, characterization, testing; catalytic reaction mechanisms; diffusion and reaction in catalyst pellets; conservation equations; reactor analysis.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 593-INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course focuses on demonstrating how the physical properties of polymers can be understood from simple models. Students will be introduced to the terminology and mathematics involved in the physical understanding of polymer systems. The course is intended for students who would like to gain an understanding of modern approaches to polymer physics. Cross-list: MSCI 593.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 211 AND CHEM 212
CHBE 594-PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course will introduce basic concepts in polymer science including the synthesis and chemical modification of polymers as well as physical properties of polymers. Topics include approaches to polymer synthesis, processing and characterization of polymer materials, and an introduction to mathematical models applied to describe the structure and dynamics of polymeric materials. Cross-list: MSCI 594.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): (CHEM 211 OR CHEM 251) AND (MATH 211 OR MATH 221)
CHBE 597-POLYMER SYNTHESIS, SOFT NANOMATERIALS AND NANOCOMPOSITES
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course will cover methods of characterization and some basic synthetic polymer methods (step growth and chain growth approaches). New synthetic polymer methods will be presented including ATRP, ADMET, ROMP, metallocene catalysts and the development of flame retardant polymer blends. Carbon-carbon composites will be discussed along with the functionalization of carbon nanotubes and their use in nanocomposites. Cross-list: CHEM 597, MSCI 597.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 211 AND (CHEM 212 OR CHEM 320)
CHBE 600-MASTER OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 12
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Independent investigation of a topic or problem in modern chemical engineering research under the direction of a selected faculty member.
Department permission required
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 602-PHYSICO-CHEMICAL HYDRODYNAMICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Topics in hydrodynamics including areas such as waves on liquid surfaces, convection and diffusion in liquids, motion of drops and bubbles, and electrophoresis.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 603-RHEOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Calculus and time derivatives of directed quantities. Elastic solid, Newtonian liquid. Shear and extensional flows. Linear viscoelasticity. Non-linear viscoelasticity: rate- and time-dependent shear and extensional viscosity, normal stresses in shear. Elementary theories of non-linear viscoelastic behavior. Isotrophy, objectivity, frame-indifference. Shear and extensional rheometry. Special topics: thermodynamics of microstructured materials; fine-grained theories of polymer dynamics; computational rheology.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 605-TEACHING ASSISTANT
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Registration for this class is required for all graduate students assigned as teaching assistants within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
CHBE 606-DEAN'S TEACHING ASSISTANT
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Registration for this class is required for all graduate students assigned as Dean's teaching assistants within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
CHBE 611-ADVANCED TOPICS-THERMODYNAMICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
An advanced treatment of the thermodynamics of pure and multicomponent systems. Topics range from classical thermodynamics to a discussion of modern developments, and include an introduction to statistical thermodynamics.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 615-APPLICATION OF MOLECULAR SIMULATION AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Introduction to molecular simulation techniques and applications of statistical mechanics-based theory to engineering problems. Projects involve topics of current research interest. Students are expected to know thermodynamics and to have had some introduction to statistical mechanics.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 620-TISSUE ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course will focus on cell-cell interactions and the role of the extracellular matrix in the structure and function of normal and pathological tissues. Includes strategies to regenerate metabolic organs and repair structural tissues, as well as cell-based therapies to deliver proteins and other therapeutic drugs, with emphasis on issues related to cell and tissue transplantation such as substrate properties, angiogenesis, growth stimulation, cell differentiation, and immunoprotection. Cross-list: BIOE 620.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 630-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING OF NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Overview of materials with structural features on the nanometer scale. Discussion of general concepts of synthesis, characterization and applications. Highlight advances found in recent literature.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 640-METABOLIC ENGINEERING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Principles of metabolic engineering: overview of biochemical pathways; kinetics and thermodynamics of metabolic networks; genetic engineering and molecular biology tools; metabolic flux analysis using stoichiometric and labeling techniques; metabolic control analysis. Metabolic engineering in the postgenomic era: functional genomics and systems biology. Emerging applications: chemicals from biorenewables; food ingredients; health and disease. Cross-list: BIOC 540.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 661-GRADUATE SEMINAR
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 662-GRADUATE SEMINAR
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
CHBE 671-FLOW AND TRANSPORT THROUGH POROUS MEDIA II
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Calculation of multicomponent-multiphase transport in one to three dimensions using finite difference methods. Includes development of multidimensional models of systems and representation and estimation of geological heterogeneity.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 682-SYSTEMS BIOLOGY OF HUMAN DISEASES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Introduction to concepts necessary for application of systems - Biology Approaches to Human Diseases. Topics include transcriptional and metabolic design principles, introduction to various regulatory network motifs in diseases and potential treatments using embryonic stem cells. Analysis of complex diseases using engineering concepts such as optimality, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, multiscale analysis and spatiotemporal transport. Cross-list: BIOE 682.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 692-NUMERICAL METHODS FOR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS IN ENGINEERING AND BIOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The class focuses on the numerical analysis of various times integration techniques for ordinary differential equations, as well as spatial and temporal discretization methods for hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations that describe processes in engineering and biology. Homework and projects aim at the comparative evaluation of the various schemes discussed in class. Recommended prerequisite(s): Knowledge of a programming language (Fortran preferably) elementary P.D.E.'s, basic concepts of calculus.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 700-M.S. RESEARCH AND THESIS
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 15
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 720-SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING I
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 15
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
A course which covers various special topics in chemical engineering. Offered at irregular intervals on demand.
Instructor permission required
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 760-BAYLOR/RICE MD/PHD PROGRAM
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 15
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Department permission required
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 800-GRADUATE RESEARCH
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 15
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
CHBE 801-SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING II
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Summer internship in an area related to thesis research or professional broadening. Permission of thesis advisor and department chair required.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
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