Chemical Engineering

Dr. Sasidhar Varanasi
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Manhattan College Chemical Engineering program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become practicing engineers and pursue advanced studies.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers combine mathematics and advanced chemistry with engineering principles to design, develop and operate industrial processes for the manufacture of a host of products including fuels, gasoline, heating oil, plastics, synthetic fibers, paint, solvents, industrial chemicals and chemical intermediates, and a variety of consumer products such as foods, beverages, medicines and cosmetics. A chemical engineer’s education permits the student to work in design and construction, computer simulation, specialty chemicals, industrial gases, food processing, petroleum fractionation, power generation, polymers, pollution prevention and remediation, safety and accident management, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or pulp and paper industries.

The Chemical Engineering program includes course work in material and energy balances, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, heat and mass transfer, separation processes, transport phenomena, and plant design, plus elective courses such as project management, engineering economics, accident and emergency management and green engineering. Lectures are complemented by comprehensive laboratory courses with experiments in both traditional and emerging technologies, ranging from unit operations such as distillation and filtration, to unique applications such as the development of alternative energies. Computer usage, including software, programming, professional design packages and data acquisition, and engineering ethics are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students are prepared for both professional employment and graduate study. Chemical engineering students who plan to enter the medical profession must complete BIOL 111 General Biology IBIOL 112 General Biology IIBIOL 113 General Biology Laboratory I; BIOL 114 General Biology Laboratory II  and CHEM 324 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II in addition to the courses required for graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical Engineering program at Manhattan College provides broad intellectual and social development for their students in order to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Prepare graduates to meet expectations of employers in the chemical and related industries, consulting firms and government agencies.
  2. Prepare graduates to pursue advanced studies, if so desired.

Student Outcomes

The Chemical Engineering program uses the standard set of ABET, Inc. outcomes (a) through (k) as described above under Engineering.

Four-Year Program

The curriculum for the first year is common to all branches of engineering. In order to enable a student to test his or her interest in chemical engineering, he or she takes designated courses from the chemical engineering course offerings in their sophomore year. The junior and senior years allow for concentrated studies in a variety of traditional and emerging ideas including process design and control, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reactor design and kinetics, separations, computer and environmental applications. A representative four-year program is shown below.

Chemical Engineering

CHEM 101/CHEM 103* CHEM 101/CHEM 103* 
or PHYS 101/PHYS 191*4or PHYS 101/PHYS 191*4
ENGL 110 or RELS 1103ENGL 110 or RELS 1103
ENGS 1153ENGS 1163
MATH 185*3MATH 186*3
General Education Elective **3General Education Elective**3
 16 16
CHEM 102/CHEM1044ENGS 2033
MATH 285*3ENGS 204 or 2063
CHML 207a3MATH 286*3
CHML 2053CHML 2083
 CHML 209 3
CHML 2013CHML 2111
CHML 2021 
 17 16
CHEM 3193CHEM 3203
CHEM 3103CHML 3213
CHEM 3232CHML 3423
CHML 3053CHML 3393
CHML 306 3CHML 3163
RELS2XX or 3XX Level Religious Studies Elective3 
 17 15
CHML 4033CHML 4043
CHML 4053CHML 4063
CHEM/PHYS/MATH Advanced Science Electivec3400 Level Engineering Elective3
400 Level Engineering Elective3General Education Elective-Language or Approved Elective3
400 Level Engineering Elective3RELS 2XX/3XX Religious Studies Elective3
General Education Elective3CHML 4233
 18 18
Total Credits: 133


CHML 201. Chemical Engineering Materials Science. 3 Credits.

Atomic structure; crystallographic concepts; relationship of structure to properties of metals, ceramics and organic materials. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium relationships of multiphase materials. Methods for changing properties of materials. Three lectures, three-hour laboratory every week. Fall. Prerequisite; CHEM 101.

CHML 202. Chemical Engineering Materials Science Laboratory. 1 Credit.

This is the laboratory portion of CHML 201. Three hour laboratory every week, 1 credit, Fall.

CHML 205. Introductory Thermodynamics. 3 Credits.

A course that develops the concepts of energy, equilibrium, and reversibility for chemical engineering students. These principles, along with basic fluid mechanics, are incorporated into process applications commonly seen in the chemical industry. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 101, MATH 185, Corequisite: CHEM 102.

CHML 207. Process Calculations. 3 Credits.

Introduction to chemical engineering with principal emphasis on material and energy balance calculations. Application to chemical and environmental processes undergoing physical, chemical and thermal changes. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 101, MATH 185 (or MATH 103). Corequisite: CHEM 102.

CHML 208. Chemical Engineering Principles I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to fluid mechanics. Dynamics of fluids in motion; laminar and turbulent flow, Bernoulli's equation, friction in conduits; flow through fixed and fluidized beds. Study of pump and compressor performance and fluid metering devices. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CHML 207. MATH 186 (or MATH 104).

CHML 209. Chemical Thermodynamics. 3 Credits.

Application of the first and second laws to chemical systems. Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids and mixtures, phase equilibria and chemical equilibria. Thermodynamic analysis of industrial processes. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CHML 205, MATH 286 (MATH 201). Corequisite: MATH 286.

CHML 210. Introduction to Biotechnology. 3 Credits.

This is a survey course in biotechnology and biochemical engineering, which provides the foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in these fields. This course emphasizes how key concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics integrate to modern applications within the biological systems. Topics include fundamental biology principles, cell and tissue engineering, pharmaceutical processing and manufacturing, enzyme kinetics, and bioseparations. In addition, the bioethics portion of the course will cover the controversial topics including modified foods, cloning, bioterrorism, gene therapy, and stem cells. There will be guest lectures and a plant trip. Three hours a week. Spring.

CHML 211. Chemical Engineering Principles I Fluids Lab. 1 Credit.

A practical, hands-on understanding of fluid mechanics phenomena is critical to the successful practice of chemical engineering, and the design of chemical processes. The laboratory course provides basic exposure to equipment commonly used to move fluids and to measure the regimes, characteristic, flow rates, and energy losses during fluid flow. Experiments include measurement of hydrostatic forces and viscosity, friction losses during flow through circular pipes, Reynolds number estimation, orifice and venture meters for flow metering, and pump characteristics. Spring. Co-requisite: CHML 208.

CHML 240. Chemical Eng. Comm. I. 2 Credits.

Provides chemical engineering students with guidelines and models for effective writing of technical documents (laboratory reports, design reports, progress reports and theses) as well as correspondences that contain technical content (emails, memos, resumes and cover letters). Two hour lecture. Spring. Pre-requisites: ENGL 110.

CHML 305. Chemical Engineering Principles II. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice of heat transfer. Fundamentals of conduction and convection, with application to design of heat transfer equipment and systems. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: CHML 207, CHML 208, MATH 286.

CHML 306. Separation Process Design I. 3 Credits.

A study of the principles of mass transfer operations. Application to the design of stagewise and continuous separation processes with emphasis on absorption and distillation, and equilibrium stage operations. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: CHML 209, MATH 286.

CHML 316. Computer Simulation and Design. 3 Credits.

Use of modern simulation software to solve problems arising in chemical engineering processes and unit operations with an emphasis on material and energy balances and equipment specification. Pre-requisites: CHML 209, CHML 305, CHML 306, ENGS 116. Corequisite: CHML 321.

CHML 321. Chemical Reaction Engineering. 3 Credits.

A review of reaction rate theories, rate equations, reaction order, and reaction velocity constraints. Development of equations for batch, tank flow, and tubular flow reactors. Application of equations to engineering processes. Design of fixed and fluid bed reactors. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CHEM 310, CHML 209, MATH 286.

CHML 339. Separation Process Design II. 3 Credits.

Design of equipment and systems for separation processes based on rate-controlled-mass transfer. Applications in liquid extraction, absorption, drying, crystallization, and membrane separation. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequiste: CHML 306. Corequisite: CHML 316.

CHML 340. Chemical Engineering Communications II. 2 Credits.

This course prepares chemical engineering students how to (i) prepare effective presentations that represent technical work and (ii) successfully communicate that effort. Two hour lecture. Fall. Pre-requisites: ENGL 110.

CHML 342. Process Safety and Quality Assurance. 3 Credits.

The management of process hazards in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and process industries has become an increasing concern of legislators, employees, contractors and the public. In response to serious incidents, regulations have been enacted in many countries to establish management systems that identify and control process hazards while maintaining product quality. The major content areas are toxicology; industrial hygiene; toxic, flammable and reactive hazards; source, consequence and dispersion models; overpressure protection; hazards identification; risk assessment and probability. Spring. Co-requisite: CHML 339.

CHML 403. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. 3 Credits.

Quantitative laboratory studies of operations such as fluid flow, filtration, heat transfer, mass transfer and fluidization which illustrate the fundamentals of momentum, heat and mass transfer. Laboratory safety, technical writing, and oral presentation skills are emphasized. Four hours of laboratory, field trips. Fall. Prerequisites: CHML 208, CHML 305, CHML 306.

CHML 404. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of the topics in CHML 403. Experimental topics include distillation, drying, fluidization, reaction kinetics, membrane processes, and computer-controlled processes. Laboratory safety, technical writing, and oral presentation skills are emphasized. Five hours of laboratory, field trips. Pre-requisites: CHML 321, CHML 339, CHML 403.

CHML 405. Process and Plant Design I. 3 Credits.

Application of the principles of chemical engineering to the design of chemical processes. The sequence of design methods and economic evaluations utilized in the evolution of a chemical process design, from initial process research to preliminary equipment design, is developed. Students work in three-person groups on a comprehensive plant design. Technical writing required. Two lectures and one two-hour problem period. Fall. Prerequisites: CHML 208, CHML 209, CHML 305, CHML 339, CHML 316, CHML 321. Corequisites: CHML 423.

CHML 406. Process and Plant Design II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of process development and design from CHML 405. Application of safety constraints, loss prevention, hazards evaluation, and engineering ethics to design of chemical processes and plants. Computer simulation software used for process design. Industrial review of design projects. Written and oral reports required only randomly assigned process plants. Two lectures and one two-hour problem period. Spring. Prerequisites: CHML 405.

CHML 411. Transport Phenomena. 3 Credits.

Development of the mass, energy and momentum transport equations. Use of these equations in solving chemical engineering problems. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CHML 208, CHML 305, CHML 306, MATH 286 (or MATH 203).

CHML 412. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Credits.

Development of the mass, energy and momentum transport equations as they relate to biomedical systems such as natural and artificial organs. Flow characteristics of blood are studies and compared to conventional Non-Newtonian fluids. The use of traditional transport equations, modified for biomedical systems are covered and applied to the body and associated biomedical machinery. Three lectures. Senior year offered. Prerequisites: CHML 208,CHML 305,CHML 306, MATH 286.

CHML 423. Process Control. 3 Credits.

A study of dynamic behavior of first and second order processes under proportional, integral, and/or derivative control. Includes three liquid level experiments to supplement course material. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: CHML 321.

CHML 428. Petroleum Refinery Processing I. 3 Credits.

Overview of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery:feedstock properties, product slate, and processes used to convert crude and intermediate streams into desirable products. Topics include hydrocarbon chemistry, crude oil properties, fuel product quality, impacts of worldwide environmental legislation, and overall operability and economic performance of refineries. Three lectures.Fall. Pre-requisite: CHEM320. Corequisite: CHML 405.

CHML 429. Natural Gas Processing I. 3 Credits.

Overview of natural gas industry with emphasis on gas plant operations. Students will develop a working knowledge of the major processes for gas compression, dehydration, acid gas removal and tail gas cleanup, sulfur recovery, cryogenic extraction of natural gas liquids (NGL), as well as LNG production, storage, and transportation. Three lectures. Pre-requisite: CHEM320. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CHML405.

CHML 430. Chemical Engineering Project. 2-3 Credit.

An independent investigation, including literature, theoretical and/or experimental studies of a chemical engineering project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. (For students of superior ability.) Written and oral reports required. Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.

CHML 431. Chemical Engineering Project. 3 Credits.

An independent investigation, including literature, theoretical and/or experimental studies of a chemical engineering project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. (For students of superior ability.) Written and oral reports required. Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.

CHML 432. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

CHML 434. Chemical Engineering Economics. 3 Credits.

Interest, cash flow diagrams, investment balance equation, analysis of economic alternatives (cost only and investment projects) using annual worth, present worth, and discounted cash flow. Effects of depreciation and income taxes. Economic optimization of engineering systems. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Senior Status*.

CHML 437. Petroleum Refinery Processing II. 3 Credits.

Continued discussion of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery: topics include energy audits, environmental aspects, societal impacts. Topics also include linear programming, dynamic modeling and control of refinery processes using general process simulators. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisite: CHML 428.

CHML 438. Natural Gas Processing II. 3 Credits.

Continued discussion of the natural gas industry with emphasis on mining and pretreatment of natural gas and its components, environmental and societal impacts, novel conversion chemistry, including gas-to-liquids processes and dynamic modeling. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisite: CHML 429.

CHML 446. Communication Skills for Chemical Engineers. 2 Credits.

Culminating course for senior chemical engineering majors who have completed courses in the CHML 440-CHML 444 sequence. A grade will be awarded based on improvement and effectiveness of oral and written communication skills. Corequisite: CHML 447. Fall 2016.

CHML 447. Communication Skills Capstone. 1 Credit.

Culminating course for senior engineering majors. Technical and non-technical skills for preparing and presenting effective engineering communications in the workplace.

CHML 456. Fundamentals of Engineering for Chemical Engineers. 3 Credits.

The course prepares chemical engineering students for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Covers topics from the morning section of the exam which are part of the general engineering curriculum and topics from the afternoon section specific to chemical engineering. The course consists of a lecture period followed by problem sets with question and answer sessions. Final grade assigned after proof of registration for the F.E. exam is submitted.

CHML 457. Oxidative Con. of Shale Gas. 3 Credits.

Methane and ethane from shale gas reserves may prove to be an attractive alternative feedstocks for the production of hydrocarbon intermediates and liquid fuels. In this course all of the oxidative conversion technologies will be developed, modeled and evaluated. Special focus will be on the calcuation and study of the production economics and sustainability indices as compared to conventional technology. Fall. Prerequisite: Senior Status and approval by department chair.

CHML 511. Transport Phenomena. 3 Credits.

Development of the mass, energy and momentum transport equations. Use of these equations in solving chemical engineering problems. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CHML 208, 305, 306, MATH 203.

CHML 525. Bioreaction Engineering. 3 Credits.

Application of engineering principles to biological processes. Topics include enzyme-catalyzed reactions, kinetics of cell growth and product formation; aeration, agitation and oxygen transfer; bioreactor design and scale-up; biological waste treatment, and fermentation laboratory experiments. Three lectures. Prerequisites: CHML 306, CHML 321.

CHML 535. Air Pollution Control. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on particulate control. Industrial sources and regulatory codes for particulate emissions; review of fine particle technology; development of performance equations and design procedures for gravity settlers, cyclone-electrostatic precipitators, baghouse and venturi scrubbers; atmospheric dispersion and stack design; overview of gaseous control equipment.

CHML 539. Industrial Catalysis. 3 Credits.

An industrially-oriented course designed to teach students the fundamentals and application of catalysts used in chemical, petroleum and environmental industries. Application of chemistry, materials, surface science, kinetics, reactor design and general engineering as applied to making everyday products. Role of catalysts in the effective production of transportation fuels, modern catalytic converters for automobiles, bulk chemicals, polymers, foods, fertilizers, etc. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Senior Status*.

CHML 549. Advances in Combustion and Fuel Process Technologies. 3 Credits.

The course will cover fundamentals and advances in flame theory, combustion, fuels, and oxidizers;experimentation, simulation and modeling; emission controls, toxicology, clean fuel conversions and alternative fuels. Prerequisites: CHML 207, CHML 305, CHML 306, CHML 308, CHML 321, MATH 286 (MATH 203).

CHML 550. Engineering Economics. 3 Credits.

Interest, cash flow diagrams, investment balance equation, analysis of economic alternatives (cost only and investment projects) using annual worth, present worth, and discounted cash flow. Effects of depreciation and income taxes. Economic optimization of engineering systems. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: Senior Status*.

CHML 572. Accident and Emergency Management. 3 Credits.

Chemical process safety, including emergency planning and response; fires, explosions and other accidents; dispersion fundamentals, applications and calculations, hazard and risk assessment; legal considerations. Three lectures. Prereuisite: Senior Status*.

CHML 574. Green Engineering Design. 3 Credits.

Multi-disciplinary considerations and techniques for greener engineering design; Historical perspective of the Industrial Revolution and the impacts of industrialization; Industrial activity and the environment, including energy usage and resource depletion; Improved industrial and municipal (POTW) operations, including process design and development; Green engineering economics, including life cycle cost assessment; Design for the environment, including waste prevention, water and energy conservation, and packaging; Wastewater treatment, air pollution and fugitive emissions control, and solid waste disposal methods; Sustainable development and the role of engineers. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Senior Status.

CHML 575. Contemporary Food Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course examines the application of chemical engineering unit operations to food manufacturing. Topics include heating, cooling and freezing of foods; mass transfer in foods; reaction kinetics; chemical, microbiological and biochemical aspects of food engineering; dehydration, thermal and non-thermal processing; food handling, public health and sanitation; green and sustainable technologies in food processing; food packaging, transport, storage and shelf-life. Prerequisites: CHML 208, CHML 305, CHML 306, CHML 321.

CHML 741. Special Topics: in Chemical Engineering. 3 Credits.

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