BSEL Partnership

Bioproducts and Biofuels Engineering emphasis

A Bioproducts and Biofuels Engineering emphasis within the existing Engineering Science Graduate Degree

Course requirements for M.Sc.

  • Introduction to Biorefinery (ChE 581); Biochemical Engineering:
    • Biochemical Conversion of Biomass (ChE 560)
    • Biochemical Conversion Laboratory (ChE 549)
  • Biomass Biological Processing Engineering (BSysE 5xx), Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts:
    • Thermochemical Route (BSysE 5xx)
    • Renewable Energy Technologies (BSysE 5xx)
  • ChE 596 and ChE 597 or the equivalents.
  • Three (3) additional credits to be chosen from ChE 500 or BSysE 500.
  • A minimum of eight (8) credits in ChE 700 or BSysE 700.

 

Course Schedule for M.Sc.

Fall

Spring

2010 – 2011ChE 581ChE 596

Program Electives

ChE 560ChE 549

ChE 597

Biomass Biological Processing Engineering (BSysE 5xx)

2011 – 2012Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts: Thermochemical Route (BSysE 5xx) Renewable Energy Technologies (BSysE 5xx)Master research project

 

Course requirements for PhD

  • Introduction to Biorefinery (ChE 581).
  • Biochemical Engineering: Biochemical Conversion of Biomass (ChE 560).
  • Biochemical Conversion Laboratory (ChE 549).
  • Biomass Biological Processing Engineering (BSysE 5xx), Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts:
    • Thermochemical Route (BSysE 5xx)
    • Renewable Energy Technologies (BSysE 5xx)
    • ChE 596 and ChE 597 or the equivalents.
  • A minimum of seventeen (17) credits in ChE 800 or BSysE 800.

 

Course Schedule for PhD

 

Fall

Spring

2010 – 2011

ChE 581ChE 596

Program Electives

ChE 560ChE 549

ChE 597

Biomass Biological Processing Engineering (BSysE 5xx)

2011 – 2012

Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts: Thermochemical Route (BSysE 5xx) Renewable Energy Technologies (BSysE 5xx)PhD research project

5th to 8th Semester

PhD research project

 

Core Courses for this program

  • ChE 581 Introduction to Biorefinery (3): Biomass, waste and algae as raw materials. Logistics. Primary and Secondary Products. Techno-economics and LCA’s (exercises, project, exam)
  • ChE 560 Biochemical Engineering, Biochemical Conversion of Biomass (3): Biomass preparation, Biomass chemistry, Bioproducts manufacture process, Design of new biocatalysts.  Bioprocess design (exercises, project, exam).
  • ChE 549 Biochemical Conversion Laboratory (2): Laboratory exercises on biochemical processes including enzymatic hydrolysis and biocatalyst design (project).
  • BSysE 5xx Biomass Biological Processing Engineering (3):
  • BSysE 5xx Renewable Energy Technologies (2):
  • BSysE 5xx Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts: Thermochemical Route (3): Conversion of biomass materials by different pretreatment technologies, pyrolysis and gasification. Further upgrading using chemicals and catalysis (exercises, project, exam).

 

Electives

  • ChE 541 Chemical Engineering Analysis (2). Mathematical analysis of chemical engineering operations and processes; mathematical modeling and computer application.
  • BSysE 541 Instrumentation and Measurements (3) (2-3) Prereq. Math 172; Phys 102 or 202. Instrumentation systems and measurement concepts, electronic signal-conditioning components and circuitry, digital electronics and microprocessor basics.
  • ChE  596 Research Methods and Presentation I (2) Prereq. graduate standing. Establish sound practices for graduate research and presentation of results; techniques used for performing through literature searching and establishing and testing research hypotheses.
  • ChE 597 Research Methods and Presentation II (2). Prereq. graduate standing. Establishing sound practices for presentation of research programs and research results.
  • ChE 581 Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering V (1-3). May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Filtration, reaction engineering, two-phase flow, non-Newtonian fluids, interfacial phenomena, fluidization, novel separations, biomedical engineering.
  • 506 Biomaterials (3) Prereq MSE 201 and permission of instructor. Same as MSE 506.
  • Math 548 Numerical Analysis (3) Prereq FORTRAN, C, or other programming language; Math 315; graduate standing. Graduate-level counterpart of Math 448; additional requirements. Credit not granted for both Math 448 and 548.
  • Stat 512 Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments (3) (2-2) Prereq Math 360 or Stat 412. Principles of experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • 571 Microscopic Analysis of Solid Surfaces (3) Modern spectroscopic methods for microscopic analysis of solid surfaces; emphasizes electron, ion, laser, and x-ray techniques.
  • 526 Advanced Fungal Biology (4) (2-6) Prereq. Pl P 421, 521 and graduate standing. Advanced topics in fungal biology, ecology, systematics, evolution and coevolution via discussions of literature and special laboratory projects.
  • 521 General Mycology (4) (2-6) Rec Biol 107 or 120. The structure, life histories, classification and economic importance of the fungi.
  • 587 Advanced Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3) Prereq MBioS 514; introductory botany. Same as MBioS.