Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

M.S., Ph.D.

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Faculty: Professor Brown, chair; Professor Greenfield, director of graduate studies. Professors Bose, Brown, Gregory, and Lucia; Associate Professors Bothun, Greenfield, and Rivero-Hudec; Assistant Professors Meenach and Worthen; Research Professor Crisman; Adjunct Professor Nystrom, Adjunct Associate Professor Mehos, Professors Emeriti Barnett, Gray, Knickle, Rockett, and Rose.

Specializations

Biochemical engineering: reactors, purification methods, degradation, and chemical production.

Bionanotechnology: hybrid bio/nano materials, drug delivery, biomolecular processes, nanocomposite hydrogels and microparticles, sensors and devices.

Energy engineering: analysis of energy systems, multiphase flow and water conservation.

Environmental engineering: separation methods, heavy metal removal, solvent recovery, hazardous waste minimization, and desalination.

Materials engineering: corrosion and erosion, electronic materials processing, ceramic processing, polymer films, conducting polymers and thin film materials and sensors.

Pharmaceutical engineering: dry powder processing, production of particle-based therapeutics, engineering of therapeutic particles, and treatment of diseases.

Polymer engineering: thermophysical properties of polymers, polymer process modeling and control, and molecular modeling.

Process simulation: process design, optimization, and analysis; process control; numerical methods.

Surface, interfacial and colloidal phenomena: soft and hard colloids, nano composites, and imaging techniques.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering; candidates from other engineering fields or from mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics may be accepted into the program with possible addition of prerequisite courses.

Program requirements: 30 credits including CHE 501, 502, 513, 541, 599 (6-12 credits). For 12 thesis credits, no special problems or graduate seminar credit is permitted, 18-24 credits of course work. Nonthesis option for part-time students, with permission of the chair, requires master’s examination and comprehensive report with oral examination. Attendance in CHE 501 or 502 is required every semester for all on-campus students.

ACCELERATED B.S./M.S. DEGREE PROGRAM

See Chemical Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: B.S. or M.S. degree in chemical engineering; candidates from other engineering fields or from mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics may be accepted into the program with possible addition of prerequisite courses.

Program requirements: Candidate’s program will be determined in consultation with his or her committee and will be based on his or her background and career goals, and must include at least one course each in CHE thermodynamics (513, 614) and CHE transport (541) at URI.   Students with a masters degree require CHE 501, 502, 699 (25 credits) and fifteen credits of course work beyond the MS.  Students with a bachelors degree require a qualifying exam, CHE 501, 502, 699 (37 credits), and 33 credits of course work.  A comprehensive examination and an acceptable dissertation are required of all students to complete the program.  Attendance in CHE 501 or 502 is required every semester for all on-campus students.  Off-campus students can replace 501 and 502 with additional 691, 692, or 699 credits.

Polymer Certificate Program

The postbaccalaureate certificate program in polymers is targeted toward students who possess a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science field and are seeking further education in polymers. The program provides opportunities for students to improve their knowledge of polymers in areas outside of their specific field of expertise, to apply their technical knowledge to problems in polymer engineering and science, and to develop technical skills that can be applied in industrial polymer engineering positions.

Admission requirements: same as for M.S.

Program requirements: successful completion of four courses from CHE 513, 529, 530, 531, and 537.

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