- Chem 444 – Applied Chemical Kinetics
- Chem 528 – Chemical Reactor Engineering
- Chem 538 – Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics
- Chem 567 – Chemical Kinetics
- Chem 628 – Industrial Catalysis
Chem 444 – Applied Chemical Kinetics
Fundamentals of chemical and engineering kinetics from a molecular perspective. Relationship between kinetics and mechanism. Kinetics of elementary steps in gas, liquid, and supercritical fluid reaction media. Gas-solid and surface reactions. Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Kinetics and mechanisms of chemcial processes such as polymerization, combustion, and enzymatic reactions.
Chem 528 – Chemical Reactor Engineering
Analysis of kinetic, thermal, diffusive, and flow factors on reactor performance. Topics include batch, plug flow, backmix reactors, empirical rate expressions, residence time analysis, catalytic reactions, stability, and optimization.
Chem 538 – Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics
The laws of probability and statistics are applied to microscopic matter to yield properties of macroscopic systems. Relations between classical and statistical thermodynamics are developed. Coupling of irreversible processes is treated through the entropy balance and microscopic reversibility.
Chem 567 – Chemical Kinetics
Chemical Kinetics is the study of the rates and mechanisms of systems undergoing chemical change. The extraction of rate data from reacting systems and the utilization of such data in other reacting systems is central to chemistry in the laboratory and in the practical worlds of combustion science, atmospheric science, and chemical synthesis. This course introduces the treatment of complex chemical systems and fundamental ideas about chemical reaction rates in gases and in solutions. Computer software is utilized to treat complex reaction systems.
Chem 628 – Industrial Catalysis
Theoretical and experimental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis and surface science. Design, preparation, and characterization of catalysts. Kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions, thermal and diffusional effects in catalytic reactors. Case studies of important industrial catalytic processes.