Chemical & Materials Engineering

http://chme.nmsu.edu

Mission

The New Mexico State University Chemical & Materials Engineering Department strives to prepare Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science graduates to successfully and safely practice the chemical engineering profession, to engage in life-long personal and professional development, and to contribute to the betterment of their community and society.

Undergraduate Program Information

Chemical engineers solve problems by combining the fundamentals of physical science (chemistry and physics) and life science (biology, microbiology, biochemistry) with the principles of engineering analysis, mathematics, and economics. The curriculum of study leading to the BSCHE continuously builds on prerequisite knowledge. The capstone course requires completion of a series of seven prerequisite courses, each having its own prerequisites. In this manner, the BSCHE produces graduates with highly developed problem-solving capabilities, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to seek out and assimilate knowledge beyond the classroom. Graduates apply these competencies to solve problems across a wide range of industries in the private and public sectors.

The work of a chemical engineer typically leads to the development of processes that convert raw materials (chemicals) into more useful or valuable products. Chemical engineers are pioneers of modern materials and associated processes that are essential to the fields of:

  • nanotechnology;
  • fuel cells;
  • computer chip manufacture;
  • environmental restoration and pollution prevention;
  • biomedical, biotechnology and bioengineering;
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing;
  • food production;
  • transportation (automotive and aerospace);
  • advanced materials;
  • petrochemical and refining;
  • chemical synthesis and production; and
  • power & energy (including the nuclear industry).

Graduates are also well-prepared to continue the study of law, medicine or advanced engineering topics at the graduate level.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Department at New Mexico State University strives to produce undergraduates who will:

  1. apply their problem-solving and communication skills to chemical engineering industries, government research labs, academia, and related fields;
  2. implement safety practices in their work;
  3. be on the path to leadership; and
  4. build new skills sets through continuing education and professional development.

These Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), which are modified based on input from our constituencies, are consistent with the missions of NMSU, the College of Engineering and the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering.  

Graduate Program Information

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree and the Ph. D. with an emphasis in chemical engineering. Admission to the program is in accord with the general regulations of the Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required for all applicants. All graduate students are required to pass all graduate engineering courses with a minimum grade of B-.

All graduate students must select a thesis or dissertation advisor by the end of their first year in the chemical engineering graduate program. Thesis/dissertation may be pursued in absentia at various industrial sites by special arrangement.

Graduate teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and traineeships are available. For consideration for financial assistance, completed applicants must be received by March 1. All support is contingent upon availability, eligibility and satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Each student admitted to the CHME grad program who has an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than chemical engineering must schedule a meeting with the CHME Department Head to define the undergraduate course deficiencies the student must take to obtain a graduate degree in chemical engineering.

Graduate Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Department at New Mexico State University strives to produce graduate students who will:

  1. design research studies to solve complex engineering problems using engineering and science fundamentals combined with statistics and economic principles to justify their technical recommendations;
  2. apply their engineering knowledge to critically evaluate relevant literature and emerging technologies;
  3. work independently and collaboratively;
  4. apply professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession;
  5. evaluate the impact of their work on society;
  6. effectively present engineering results in both written and oral formats; and
  7. serve as effective leaders of their peers.

Professor, David A. Rockstraw1, Department Head

Professor, Martha C. Mitchell1, Associate Department Head

Professors Mitchell1, Rockstraw1; Associate Professors Andersen, Houston, Luo; Assistant Professors Brewer, Foudazi, Manz; Emeritus Professors Bhada, Ghassemi, Johnson, Long, Patton

Professors: M.C. Mitchell1, Ph.D. (Minnesota) computer modeling and simulation of molecular-level phenomena, thermodynamic characterization of aerospace fuels, statistical mechanics, engineering education, diversity and inclusion in STEM; D.A. Rockstraw1, Department Head, Ph.D. (Oklahoma) chemical process design, analysis & simulation, catalysis and reaction kinetics, activated carbon, trade secret and intellectual property litigation; Associate Professors: P.K. Andersen, Ph.D. (California-Berkeley) physicochemical hydrodynamics, nuclear chemical engineering, modeling and simulation, education and training; J. Houston, Ph.D. (Texas A&M) biomedical engineering, biophotonics, flow cytometry; H. Luo, Ph.D. (Tulane) nanostructured materials, thin films, photovoltaics, batteries, electrocatalysts, photocatalysts; Assistant Professors: C.E. Brewer, Ph.D. (Iowa State) biomass thermochemical processing, sustainable agriculture, biorenewable resources; R. Foudazi, Ph.D.(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) soft matter, membranes, rheology of complex fluids, colloid and interface science, adsorption; U. Jena, Ph. D. (Georgia) biological and agricultural engineering; biosystems engineering, hydrothermal processing of biomass; catalysis, biofuel characterization and analysis; T.A. Manz, Ph.D. (Purdue) quantum chemistry simulations of materials, catalysis, and space physics; M. Zhou, Ph.D. (New Mexico State) gas adsorption and separation, energy storage devices, capacitive deionization.

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Registered Professional Engineer

CHME 101. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations

2 Credits

Introduction to the discipline of chemical engineering, including: an overview of the curriculum; career opportunities; units and conversions; process variables; basic data treatments; and computing techniques including computer programming and use of spreadsheets.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 190G. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

CHME 102. Material Balances

2 Credits

Perform material balances in single- and multi-phase, reacting and non-reacting systems under isothermal conditions.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHEM 111G or CHEM 115. Prerequisite(s): MATH 190G, CHME 101.

CHME 201. Energy Balances & Basic Thermodynamics

3 Credits

Chemical Engineering energy balances; combined energy and material balances including those with chemical reaction, purge and recycle; thermochemistry; application to unit operations. Introduction to the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 102, CHEM 115 or CHEM 111G, and MATH 192G.

CHME 301. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

3 Credits

Applications of the first and second law to chemical process systems, especially phase and chemical equilibria and the behavior of real fluids. Development of fundamental thermodynamic property relations and complete energy and entropy balances.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 392 or MATH 392. Prerequisite(s): CHME 201, MATH 291G. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 302. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

2 Credits

Continuation of CHME 301. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 301 AND (CHME 392 OR MATH 392).

CHME 302 L. Thermodynamic Models of Physical Properties

1 Credit

Computational analysis of thermodynamic models in a chemical process simulator, and comparison to experimental data. Specification of pseudo-components. Generation of physical properties by group contribution methods.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 302.

CHME 303. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

4 Credits

Applications of the First Law and Second Law to chemical process systems, especially phase and chemical equilibria and the behavior of real fluids. Development of fundamental thermodynamic property relations and complete energy and entropy balances. Modeling of physical properties for use in energy and entropy balances, heat and mass transfer, separations, reactor design, and process control. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 392. Prerequisite(s): CHME 201, MATH 291.

CHME 305. Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow

3 Credits

Theory of momentum transport. Unified treatment via equations of change. Shell balance solution to 1-D problems in viscous flow. Analysis of chemical engineering unit operations involving fluid flow. General design and operation of fluid flow equipment and piping networks.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 392. Prerequisite(s): CHME 201, PHYS 215G, MATH 291G. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 306. Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer

4 Credits

Theory of heat and mass transport. Unified treatment via equations of change. Analogies between heat and mass transfer. Shell balance solution to 1-D problems in heat and mass transfer. Analysis of chemical engineering unit operations involving heat transfer. Design principles for mass transfer equipment. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 305 and (CHME 392 or MATH 392).

CHME 307. Transport Operations III: Staged Operations

3 Credits

Theory of mass transport. Mass transfer coefficients. Analysis of chemical engineering unit operations involving mass transfer and separations. Equilibrium stage concept. General design and operation of mass-transfer equipment and separation sequences. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 302, CHME 306.

CHME 311. Engineering Data Analysis

3 Credits

Methodology and techniques associated with analyzing engineering data. Extensive spreadsheet use to analyze data and develop statistically significant conclusions based on the data. Data sets range from single variable experiments to multifactor regression analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 192.

CHME 323 L. Transport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory I

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments demonstrate the principles of process measurement and instrumentation through the determination of thermodynamic properties, transport phenomena properties, heat transfer, and material physical properties. Treatment of data includes regression techniques, analysis of error, and statistical analysis.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 306. Prerequisite(s): STAT 371 or CHME 311. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 324 L. Transport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory II

1 Credit

Continuation of CHME 323L. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 323L.

CHME 330. Environmental Management Seminar I

1 Credit

Survey of practical and new developments in environmental management field, hazardous and radioactive, waste management, and related health issues, provided through a series of guest lectures and reports of ongoing research. Restricted to: Main campus only. Crosslisted with: C E 330, E E 330, E S 330, E T 330, I E 330, M E 330 and WERC 330

CHME 352 L. Simulation of Unit Operations

1 Credit

Definition, specification, and convergence of basic unit operations in a process simulator. Course will cover pipe networks, pressure changers, heat exchangers, distillation columns, and chemical reactors.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 307, CHME 441. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 361. Engineering Materials

3 Credits

Bonding and crystal structure of simple materials. Electrical and mechanical properties of materials. Phase diagrams and heat treatment. Corrosion and environmental effects. Application of concepts to metal alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Selection of materials for engineering design.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 111G or CHEM 114 or CHEM 115) and MATH 190G.

CHME 391. Industrial Employment

1-2 Credits

Employment in chemical, petroleum, food, biotechnology, materials, environmental, pharmaceutical, or other industry relevant to the discipline, with opportunity for professional experience and training in chemical engineering. Requires written report covering work period approved by employer. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of department head.

CHME 392. Numerical Methods in Engineering

3 Credits

Study and application of numerical methods in solving problems commonly encountered in engineering. The numerical methods are motivated by engineering problems rather than by mathematics. However, sufficient mathematical theory will be provided so that students can appreciate the insight into the techniques and their shortcomings of different methods. MATLAB will be used as the working environment for implementing and performing the numerical methods in computers. This course is an engineering elective open to all engineering majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 392.

CHME 395V. Brewing Science and Society

3 Credits

An overview of the science of brewing and the interrelationships between society, technology, business, and the evolution of the current beer market. Topics covered are history of brewing and the interrelationships between societal attitudes, technology, and cultural preferences; beer styles and evaluation techniques; production and characteristics of ingredients used in brewing; brewing unit operations; biochemistry of malting, mashing, and fermentation; engineering in the brewery; homebrewing; and societal and health issues related to beer and alcohol. Students must be at least 21 years of age by the first day of instruction of the semester to enroll in this course.

CHME 412. Process Dynamics and Control

3 Credits

Process modeling, dynamics, and feedback control. Linear control theory and simulation languages. Application of Laplace transforms and frequency response to the analysis of open-loop and closed-loop process dynamics. Dynamic response characteristics of processes. Stability analysis and gain/phase margins. Design and tuning of systems for control of level, flow, and temperature.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 441.

CHME 423 L. Unit Operations Laboratory I

1 Credit

Experiments with chemical engineering unit operations including the use of computer data acquistion. Covers control system instrumentation and development of empirical models from process data. Includes written and oral reports. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 307, CHME 441, CHME 324L.

CHME 424 L. Process Control Laboratory

1 Credit

Experiments with chemical engineering process control including the use of computer data acquisition and closed-loop process control. Covers control system instrumentation. Includes written and oral reports. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 412, CHME 423L.

CHME 430. Environmental Management Seminar II

1 Credit

Survey of practical and new developments in environmental management field, hazardous and radioactive, waste management, and related health issues, provided through a series of guest lectures and reports of ongoing research. Restricted to: Main campus only. Crosslisted with: C E 430, E E 430, E S 430, E T 430, I E 430, M E 430 and WERC 430

CHME 441. Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering

3 Credits

Analysis and interpretation of kinetic data and catalytic phenomena. Applied reaction kinetics; ideal reactor modeling; non-ideal flow models. Mass transfer accompanied by chemical reaction. Application of basic engineering principles to design, operation, and analysis of industrial reactors.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 307. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 313, CHME 302. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

CHME 443. Industrial Catalysis

3 Credits

Fundamentals of catalytic processes, including chemistry, catalyst preparation, properties and reaction engineering. Addresses heterogeneous catalytic processes employed by industry. Detailed analysis of existing catalysts and catalytic reactions, and process design in chemical engineering.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 441.

CHME 448. Industrial Safety

3 Credits

An introduction to the fundamentals of chemical process safety, including toxicology, industrial hygiene, source models, fires and explosions, relief systems, hazard identification, risk assessment, environmental fate and transport, hazardous waste generation, pollution prevention, and regulatory requirements.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 115 or CHEM 111G.

CHME 449. Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists

3 Credits

An overview of intellectual property with an emphasis on patents. Terminology, patentability requirements, invention disclosures, inventorship, scope of claims, patent application content and the patent prosecution process, and post-allowance matters including infringement and enforcement. Taught with CHME 549.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 110G, CHEM 111G, or CHEM 115G; and senior standing in engineering or a fundamental science major; or consent of instructor.

CHME 452. Chemical Process Design & Economic Evaluation

3 Credits

Concepts in chemical engineering process design, including: capital and manufacture cost estimation; discounted cash flows; interest; taxes; depreciation; profitability analysis; project specifications. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 307, CHME 441.

CHME 452 L. Chemical Process Simulation

1 Credit

Construction and convergence of chemical processes in a process simulator. Students will understand how to access variables, define and converge design specifications and converge tear/recycle streams.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 452. Prerequisite(s): CHME 352L. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 455. Chemical Plant Design

3 Credits

Design and analysis of integrated process plants. Consideration given to optimizing performance, operability, reliability, safety, control, energy integration, and cost effectiveness. Requires written report covering solution of a capstone design problem. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 452.

CHME 455 L. Chemical Plant Simulation

1 Credit

Construction, convergence, and optimization of chemical processes in a process simulator. Dynamic process simulation and control.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 455. Prerequisite(s): CHME 412, CHME 452L. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 461. Calculation of Material and Molecular Properties

3 Credits

The aim is to describe and apply techniques for computing common properties of materials and molecules: optimized geometries, transition states, vibrational spectra, energies (electronic, internal energy, enthalpy, and Gibbs free energy), heat capacities, net atomic charges, atomic spin moments, and effective bond orders. These techniques allow one to estimate the thermodynamic properties of a chemical, as well as to compute the mechanisms and energy barriers for chemical reactions and catalytic processes, and to quantify the electronic, magnetic, and chemical ordering in materials. The theory behind these techniques will be described and students will perform hands-on computer exercises using common computational chemistry programs. Taught with CHME 561.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 116, MATH192G, (PHYS 214 or PHYS 216).

CHME 462. MEMs, BioMEMs, and Nano Devices & Technologies

3 Credits

Device-fabrication approaches and testing methodologies for micro-electro-mechanical (MEM) systems and nanoscale devices. Applications of such devices, and their working principles will also be part of this course. A laboratory component of this course will also be included. Taught with CHME 562. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CH E 361, CHEM 111.

CHME 463. Soft Matter

3 Credits

Bulk soft matter assemblies including polymers, macromolecules, colloids, gels, vesicles, emulsions, surfactants, micelles, suspensions and liquid crystals. Self-assembly including molecular self-organization, supramolecular systems, encapsulation, self-assembled films and monolayers. Biological aspects of soft matter including biomacromolecules, cells and soft tissues. Surfaces, interfaces and interactions including thin films, Langmuir monolayers and wetting/dewetting. Physiochemistry and characterization of soft matter. Taught with CHME 563. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CH E 302, CH E 305, CH E 361.

CHME 464. Polymer Science & Engineering

3 Credits

This course covers concepts in science and engineering of macromolecules, such as synthesis and chemistry, characterization of molecular weight, morphology, rheology, and mechanical behavior, structure and property relationships, and polymer processing. Taught with CHME 564. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 314.

CHME 465. Rheology and Viscoelasticity

3 Credits

Navier-Stokes equation; non-Newtonian fluids; flow fields; rheometry; viscoelastic models; non-linear viscoelasticity; material functions; complex fluids, including emulsions, suspensions and nanocomposites. Taught with CHME 565. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 306.

CHME 467. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3 Credits

This is a lecture/laboratory course designed to present the basic concepts, the techniques and the tools to synthesize and characterize nanometer scale materials, and the latest achievements in current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, materials, physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and energy. It is intended for a multidisciplinary audience with a variety of backgrounds. This course should be suitable for graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. Topics covered will include: nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanofabrication, self-assembly, colloidal chemistry, sol-gel, carbon nanotubes, graphene, thin film, lithography, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, quantum dots, lithium batteries, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanomagnetics, etc. Taught with PHYS 520 and CH E 567. Crosslisted with: PHYS 520 and PHYS 467.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 116 or CHEM 112G), (PHYS 211G or PHYS 215G), (EH&S Safety training to include the courses: (1) Employee & Hazard Communication Safety (HazCom); (2) Hazardous Waste Management; and (3) Laboratory Standard).

CHME 468. Adsorption

3 Credits

Introduction to adsorption science and technology, which includes adsorption equilibrium and kinetic theories, adsorbent materials and characterization, adsorption processes and design. Selected applications of adsorption processes in chemical and pharmaceutical industries and environmental protections will also be discussed. Taught with CHME 568. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 201.

CHME 470. Introduction to Nuclear Energy

3 Credits

Atomic and nuclear structure, nuclear stability and radioactivity, nuclear reactions, detection and measurement of radiation, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation doses and hazard assessment, principles of nuclear reactors, and applications of nuclear technology.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111G, MATH 192G.

CHME 471. Health Physics

3 Credits

Introduction to radiation protection, radiation/radioactivity, radioactive decay/fission, interactions of radiation and matter, biological effects of radiation, radiation measurement and statistics, sampling for radiation protection, radiation dosimetry, environmental transport, radiation protection guidance, external and internal radiation protection, and hazards analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 192G, CHME 470.

CHME 472. Detection Techniques for Radionuclides and Volatile Organic Compunds

3 Credits

Basics of analytical techniques used to detect and quantify the presence of radionuclides, with focus on lung and whole-body counting by gamma –ray spectrometry and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques.  Course also covers sampling techniques, chain-of-custody methods, and includes hands-on instrument experience at the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CEMRC).  Course fee required for travel to CEMRC.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 470.

CHME 473. Nuclear Regulations and Compliance Practices

3 Credits

Introduction, through the use of case studies, to the best technical compliance practices for regulations governing the siting, licensing, constructing, operating and decommissioning of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 191G, (CHEM 111G or CHEM 115), CHME 470.

CHME 474. Power Plant Design

3 Credits

Principles of electric power generation. Review of DC and AC systems, energy sources, and prime movers. Analysis of hydroelectric, fossil fuel, nuclear, and alternative power systems. Environmental and economic considerations.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 191G, CHEM 111G.

CHME 475. Nuclear Reactor Theory

3 Credits

An overview of the properties of nuclei, nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, resonance reactions, moderation of neutrons, will be followed by mathematical treatment of the neutronics behavior of fission reactors, primarily from a theoretical, one-speed perspective. Criticality, fission product poisoning, reactivity control, reactor stability and introductory concepts in fuel management, slowing down and one-speed diffusion theory.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 112G or CHEM 116G) PHYS 215G, MATH 291G, CHME 470.

CHME 476. Nuclear Fuel Cycles

3 Credits

Physical and chemical processes in the conventional nuclear fuel cycle: uranium mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, reactor operations, interim storage, reprocessing and recycling, waste treatment and disposal. Alternative fuel cycles and future prospects. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 470.

CHME 479. Corrosion and Degradation of Materials

3 Credits

Failure of engineering materials in aggressive environments. Chemical and electrochemical mechanisms of corrosion. Influence of chemical composition and microstucture on corrosion behavior. Types of corrosion and chemical attack, including uniform corrosion, galvanic corrosion, pitting and other forms of localized corrosion, stress corrosion cracking,and corrosion fatigue. Methods of corrosion mitigation including cathodic protection, coatings, passivation, and corrosion inhibitors. Corrosion in nuclear reactors and nuclear waste repositories.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 361.

CHME 481. Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare

3 Credits

Orientation to solving human and world health issues with biological engineering systems, tools, and analysis methods. Introduces general concepts including applied biology for engineers, biophotonics, biosensing, bioinstrumentation, tissue and biomaterials engineering, biomedical engineering research practices, and physical bioanalytical methods. Taught with CHME 581. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 116G, CHME 201.

CHME 485. Materials from Biorenewable Resources

3 Credits

Types, sources, composition and properties of biomass. Production, processing, and applications of biomass materials with energy, water, cost, sustainability, and waste management considerations. Taught with CHME 585. Crosslisted with: AGRO 485 and HORT 486.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 211 or CHEM 313 or permission of instructor.

CHME 486. Biofuels

3 Credits

Introduction to the fundamentals and applications of biofuels and bioenergy production; biomass resources and their composition; types of biofuels; conversion technologies (thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes); biodiesel production, algae to biofuels; economic and environmental assessments; term paper of selected topics relevant to biofuels. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 201.

CHME 488. Elements of XRD

3 Credits

Introduction to x-ray diffraction and reflectivity spectra. Topics include X-ray sources and detectors, atomic spectra, characteristic x-rays, thermionic emission, synchrotron radiation, instrument components, and beam conditioners. Crosslisted with: PHYS 468.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): . Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 315 and PHYS 315 L.

CHME 489. Introduction to Modern Materials

3 Credits

Structure and mechanical, thermal, electric, and magnetic properties of materials. Modern experimental techniques for the study of material properties. Crosslisted with: PHYS 489.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 315 or engineering equivalent.

CHME 490. Senior Seminar

1 Credit

Research seminar attended by graduate students is open to CHME undergraduates who are research active May be repeated up to 2 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CHME 498. Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

CHME 491. Special Topics

3 Credits

Lecture and/or laboratory instruction on special topics in chemical engineering. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

CHME 495. Brewing Science & Engineering

4 Credits (3+3P)

Details of beer production, fermentation science, brewery operation, and process design & economics. Engineering considerations including process safety, fermentation kinetics, unit operations, and economies of scale. Beer styles, recipe formulation, product quantification for tax purposes, and brew analytical methods will also be discussed. Restricted to: CHME CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 441, CHME 452.

CHME 498. Undergraduate Research

1-3 Credits (1-3P)

Provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work in research or areas of special interest such as design problems and economic studies under the direction of a faculty member. Written report covering work required. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and department head.

CHME 501. Graduate Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

3 Credits

Advanced applications of the first and second law to chemical process systems. The calculus of thermodynamics, equilibrium and stability criteria. Properties relationships for real fluids, both pure materials and mixtures. An introduction to molecular thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

CHME 506. Graduate Transport Phenomena(s)

3 Credits

Covers the analysis of simultaneous momentum, energy, and mass transport. Development of integral and local balance equations in vector-tensor form. Application of vector-tensor analysis to transport equations. Boundary layer theory and turbulence.

CHME 513. Intermediate Chemical Engineering Data Analysis (s)

3 Credits

Intermediate topics in the design and analysis of typical chemical engineering experiments. Topics covered include: linear models, constrained experimental space, non-linear models, model discrimination, and response surface methodologies. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

CHME 516. Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

3 Credits

Survey of numerical methods for solving problems commonly encountered in heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, and chemical reaction engineering.

CHME 530. Environmental Management Seminar I

1 Credit

Survey of practical and new developments in hazardous and radioactive waste management provided through a series of guest lectures and reports of ongoing research. Crosslisted with: C E 330, E E 330, I E 330.

CHME 541. Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering

3 Credits

Same as CHME 441 with differentiated assignments for graduate students. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

CHME 542. Graduate Reactor Analysis and Design (s)

3 Credits

Application and analysis of equations of continuity to multicomponent reaction systems. Introduction to homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, single-phase combustion, and shock reaction systems.

CHME 549. Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists

3 Credits

An overview of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, copyright, and trademark. Specialized terminology; protectable subject matter and applicable legal standards; inventorship, authorship and ownership; application content and preparation; procedural and substantive application components; and infringement and enforcement. Taught with CHME 449.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111G or CHEM 115.

CHME 561. Calculation of Material and Molecular Properties

3 Credits

The aim is to describe and apply techniques for computing common properties of materials and molecules: optimized geometries, transition states, vibrational spectra, energies (electronic, internal energy, enthalpy, and Gibbs free energy), heat capacities, net atomic charges, atomic spin moments, and effective bond orders. These techniques allow one to estimate the thermodynamic properties of a chemical, as well as to compute the mechanisms and energy barriers for chemical reactions and catalytic processes, and to quantify the electronic, magnetic, and chemical ordering in materials. The theory behind these techniques will be described and students will perform hands-on computer exercises using common computational chemistry programs. Taught with CH E 461. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 116, MATH 192G, and (PHYS 214 or PHYS 216G).

CHME 563. Soft Matter

3 Credits

The physiochemistry of soft materials including gels, polymers and colloids, self-assembly, intermolecular forces, and colloidal forces. Taught with CHME 463.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 302, CHME 305, CHME 361.

CHME 564. Polymer Science & Engineering

3 Credits

Synthesis, structure, property relationships of synthetic polymers. Taught with CHME 464. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 201, CHEM 314.

CHME 565. Rheology and Viscoelasticity

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to rheology and viscoelasticity. In particular, the flow behavior of Non-Newtonian Fluids and Viscoelastic Fluids will be covered. Rheometry, the technique for characterization of fluids, will be discussed. Most of the course is quantitative and uses mathematical modeling. Taught with CHME 465.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 306.

CHME 567. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3 Credits

This is a lecture/laboratory course designed to present the basic concepts, the techniques and the tools to synthesize and characterize nanometer scale materials, and the latest achievements in current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, materials, physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and energy. It is intended for a multidisciplinary audience with a variety of backgrounds. This course should be suitable for graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. Topics covered will include: nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanofabrication, self-assembly, colloidal chemistry, sol-gel, carbon nanotubes, graphene, thin film, lithography, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, quantum dots, lithium batteries, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanomagnetics, etc. Taught with CHME 467.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 112G or CHEM 116G) and (PHYS 211G or PHYS 215G).

CHME 568. Intermediate Adsorption

3 Credits

Introduction to the fundamentals and applications of biofuels and bioenergy produced from biomass; renewable feedstocks, their production, availability and attributes for biofuel/bioenergy production; types of biomass-derived fuels and energy; thermochemical conversion of biomass to heat, power, and fuel; biochemical conversion of biomass to fuel; biodiesel production; environmental impacts of biofuel production; economics and life-cycle analysis of biofuel; value-added processing of biofuel residues; term paper of selected topics relevant to biofuels. Taught with CHME 468.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 201.

CHME 579. Corrosion and Degradation of Materials

3 Credits

Failure of engineering materials in aggressive environments. Chemical and electrochemical mechanisms of corrosion. Influence of chemical composition and microstructure on corrosion behavior. Types of corrosion and chemical attack, including uniform corrosion, galvanic corrosion, pitting and other forms of localized corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and corosion fatigue. Methods of corrosion mitigation including cathodic protection, coatings, passivation, and corrosion inhibitors. Corrosion in nuclear reactors and nuclear waste repositories. Taught with CHME 479.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 361.

CHME 581. Biomedical Engineering & Helathcare Engineering

3 Credits

Orientation to solving human and world health issues with biological engineering systems, tools, and analysis methods. Introduces general concepts including applied biology for engineers, biophotonics, biosensing, bioinstrumentation, tissue and biomaterials engineering, biomedical engineering research practices, and physical bioanalytical methods. Taught with CHME 481.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 116G, CHME 201.

CHME 585. Materials from Biorenewable Resources

3 Credits

Types, sources, composition and properties of biomass. Production, processingm and applications of biomas materials to fulfill food, feed, fiber, fuel and chemical feedstock needs with energy, water, cost, sustainability, and waste managment considerations. Taught with CHME 485.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 211 or 313 or consent of instructor.

CHME 586. Biofuels

3 Credits

Introduction to the fundamentals and applications of biofuels and bioenergy production; biomass resources and their composition; types of biofuels; conversion technologies (thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes); biodiesel production, algae to biofuels; economic and environmental assessments; term paper of selected topics relevant to biofuels. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: CHME,CH E majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 201.

CHME 588. Elements of XRD

3 Credits

Introduction to x-ray diffraction and reflectivity spectra. Topics include X-ray sources and detectors, atomic spectra, characteristic x-rays, thermionic emission, synchrotron radiation, instrument components, and beam conditioners. Crosslisted with: PHYS 568.

CHME 589. Modern Materials

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 489 with differentiated assignments for graduate students. Crosslisted with: PHYS 589.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 455 or PHYS 554.

CHME 590. Graduate Seminar

1 Credit

Presentations on topics of professional interest in chemical engineering. Includes seminars by faculty, graduate students, and invited speakers from academia, government, and industry. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 594. Professional Communication in Chemical Engineering

2 Credits

Connections between interpersonal relationships and the effective communication of information. Strategies for formal and informal written and verbal communication in the context of presentations, interviews, reports and publications. Factors affecting non-verbal communication. Special focus will be given to understanding and adapting to the audience’s perspective. 2 credits. Open to chemical engineering graduate students or by permission of instructor. This class will prepare you to communicate technical information effectively within a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences. Class assignments will be partially based on current student needs such as preparing presentations for professional conferences, giving research progress reports, and writing research manuscripts. Restricted to: CHME majors.

Prerequisite(s): CHME graduate student standing.

CHME 598. Ph.D. Research- Level I

1-9 Credits (1-9)

Individual investigations either analytical or experimental. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

CHME 599. Master's Thesis

15 Credits

Thesis.

CHME 690. Graduate Seminar

1 Credit

Presentations on topics of professional interest in chemical engineering. Includes seminars by faculty, graduate students, and invited speakers from academia, government, and industry. Required each semester for every Ph.D. student. All candidates for graduate degrees required to give seminar. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Restricted to: CHME majors.

CHME 698. Ph.D. Research- Level II

1-9 Credits (1-9P)

Advanced topics for current research. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 99 credits. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): successful completion of Ph D qualifying exam.

CHME 700. Doctoral Dissertation

15 Credits (15)

Individual research in selected topics of current interest in chemical engineering. May be repeated up to 88 credits. Thesis/Dissertation Grading.

Prerequisite(s): CHME 698 (9 credits) and successful completion of comprehensive exam.

Name: David A. Rockstraw, Ph. D., P. E.

Office Location: Jett Hall 268

Phone: (575) 646-1214

Website: http://chme.nmsu.edu/