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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

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1005 Durland Hall
Fax: 785-532-7372

Department Head:

James Edgar

Director of graduate studies:

James Edgar

Graduate faculty:

Richard G. Akins, Emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University.
Jennifer L. Anthony, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
Vikas Berry, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Peter Czermak, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich, Germany.
James H. Edgar, Ph.D., University of Florida.
Larry E. Erickson, Ph.D., Kansas State University.
L. T. Fan, Ph.D., West Virginia University.
Larry A. Glasgow, Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Keith L. Hohn, Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Benjamin G. Kyle, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Florida.
John C. Matthews, Emeritus, D.Sc., Washington University.
Peter H. Pfromm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Mary E. Rezac, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
John R. Schlup, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology.
Walter P. Walawender Jr., Ph.D., Syracuse University.
Krista Walton, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.

Program description

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in chemical engineering and in interdisciplinary areas of bio-based materials science and engineering, food science, environmental engineering, and materials science.

Areas of study and research emphasize biotechnology, reaction engineering, materials science and transport phenomena. Specific areas include activated carbons, advanced separation systems, biomimetics, biomass conversion, biochemical engineering, bioremediation, catalytic conversion of light hydrocarbons, chemical vapor deposition of electronic materials, controlled drug delivery, environmental pollution control, enzyme technology, fluidization, intelligent processing of materials, membrane science and technology, nanotechnology, polymer science, process systems engineering, semiconductor crystal growth, short-contact time reactors and value-added agricultural products.

For more information about the Ph.D. program, see the Engineering section of this catalog.

Research facilities

The Department of Chemical Engineering has modern, well-equipped research laboratories for transport phenomena, environmental pollution control, materials science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering and biochemical engineering. Specialized instrumental capabilities include laser-Doppler velocimetry, high-speed videography, Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry, catalyst preparation equipment, electrodialysis, fermentors, tubular gas reactors, gas and liquid chromotography, mass spectrometry, polymer characterization equipment such as dynamic mechanical analysis, gas adsorption analysis, chemical vapor deposition reactors, membrane permeation systems, ultra-high temperature furnaces and more.

The department also houses the Institute for Systems Design and Optimization, where several artificial intelligence work stations are located for research in process design and synthesis, and process control.

Admission procedures

Highly motivated students interested in the research activities of the department are encouraged to apply. All applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of their undergraduate transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation to the department. International applicants must also submit official GRE and TOEFL scores. A $55 application fee applies to international students and a $30 application fee applies to domestic students.

Financial support

Graduate research assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students. The base stipend begins at $20,000 and some fellowships cover tuition and fees. Sponsored research work can be used toward thesis credit. Supplemental grants and fellowships are also available to outstanding candidates.


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