This course introduces the principles of polymer chemistry focusing on the structure and properties of polymers, polymer synthesis, and characterization methods. It can be regarded as a complementary class to its predecessor, CHE212 Introduction to Polymer Science. Tentative topics include step-growth, chain, coordination and living polymerizations, polymerization kinetics, copolymerization, structure-morphology and structure-property relationships in polymers, spectroscopic methods and thermal analysis of polymers.

CHE-219 is an introductory course to teach the fundamental principles of chemistry for understanding the source, fate, and reactivity of compounds in natural and polluted environments. Emphasis will be placed on the environmental implications of chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere,  biosphere and lithosphere.


Global environmental issues will be discussed such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, pollution and treatment of water sources, and the utilization of pesticides.

The course will cover materials, devices and systems related to solar electric generation including how solar cells convert light into electricity, fundamental device physics, device designs, manufacturing and testing of solar cells. Technologies that are currently on the market, and how to evaluate the risk and potential of existing and emerging solar cell technologies including the potential & drawbacks of first, second and third generation devices (Amorphous, single- and multicrystalline silicon, CdTe, CIGS, CPV, organic solar cells etc.) will also be covered. A design project for a c-Si based solar cell will be given.

Process design and adaptation of engineering systems to contemporary chemical systems. Cost analysis and project assessment. Unit design and operation. Equipment used in Chemical Industry. Momentum, mass and heat transfer application in Chemical Engineering. Optimization of constant and variable cost analysis. And control mechanisms.

This course addresses conventional and novel applications in the field of wastewater treatment. Firstly constituents found in wastewater and their corresponding parameters will be introduced to acquaint students with terminology. Then physical, chemical and biological operations and processes will be covered. Students will be able to assemble a wastewater treatment plant in terms of needed unit operations and processes for a given case.

Catalog Description:

Introduction to process synthesis and analysis. Estimation of capital and operating cost, total capital investment and total production costs. Measures of process profitability. Evaluation of process alternatives. Design and optimization of process piping, heat exchangers, reactor and separation units. Environmental, health and safety aspects of the design. Green engineering fundamentals.

Course Objectives:

This course integrates the basic concepts learned previously in the Chemical Engineering curriculum, including material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and reaction engineering, in order to develop the critical design logic needed to preliminary sizing of equipment. Importance of environmental considerations in the process design is emphasized. Principle key diagrams that are used to describe a chemical process along with the evolution, generation of different process configurations and the information needed to assess the economic feasibility of a process are covered.  By the end of the course, you should be able to:

·       Interpret principle diagrams used to describe chemical processes

·       Identify hierarchy of the design process

·       Analyze process conditions

·       Evaluate economics of chemical processes

·       Design and optimize the select process units

·       Consider environmental, health and safety issues and P2 applications (green engineering) in design stage and waste treatment