Chemical Engineering

Department Head

Professor Doug Cooper


Carter, Cooper, Laurencin, Maric, and Parnas

Associate Professors

Lei, McCutcheon, Mustain, Nieh, Srivastava, Sun and Willis

Assistant Professors

Bollas, Burke, Cho, Ma, Shor, Valla, and Wagstrom

Study and research programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in chemical engineering are offered. Areas of special interest include: environmental engineering, electrochemical engineering, biochemical engineering, polymer science and engineering, nanomaterials engineering, kinetics, catalysis and reaction engineering, computer simulation of chemical processes, process optimization, and process dynamics and control.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. candidates must pass both written and oral qualifying examinations taken after the first semester of graduate study. The written exam covers the areas of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and kinetics (CHEG 5301, 5315 and 5321 are required preparation for this exam). The oral exam involves the critique and discussion of a paper from the literature assigned to the student after passing the written exam. The doctoral plan of study developed jointly by the student and his/her advisory committee usually includes one year of full-time course work beyond the master’s degree. Doctoral students also must fulfill a foreign language requirement of the Graduate School (which may be satisfied by courses in a related or supporting area such as math or computer science). In addition to the qualifying exams, the student must complete a General Examination and the writing of a Ph.D. dissertation proposal, which is defended orally. The Ph.D. dissertation must contain the results of original research in chemical engineering. An oral defense of the dissertation is required.

Special Facilities

Available are large, well-equipped laboratories. Facilities and research opportunities are available though a number of other departments and University Institutes as well, including Chemistry, the Institute of Materials Science, the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, the Biotechnology Center, Booth Research Center and the Advanced Technology Institute. Examples of equipment available in these research laboratories include: clean room for surface and interface research, polymer preparation and characterization instrumentation, electron microscopes, atomic-force microscopes, surface analysis equipment, a wide variety of analytical and visualization equipment, electrochemical instrumentation and reactors, electrodialysis units, fuel cell lab, injection molding machine, and a variety of biological reactors. Computing resources are widely available, including those in the University Computer Center and the Booth Computer Applications and Research Center. Machine, glass and electronics shops provide services for the construction of specialized equipment.

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