Faculty of Engineering

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering



The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program aims to prepare students for advanced study and research in chemical engineering. The main goal of the program is to provide a solid background of research fundamentals that will help chemical engineers to serve their society through research, education or other advanced activities.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Expand students’ knowledge and skills in chemical engineering.
2. Prepare students to succeed in a doctoral program in chemical engineering or related fields.

Program... Outcomes

a. Ability to apply advanced level knowledge and skills in chemical engineering and related engineering areas.
b. Ability to ethically conduct applied research and engineering design with professional written and oral communication skills.
30 credits
Approved electives - Industrial Processes
GCH676Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
3 credits
Efficient separation operations and many other chemical processes depend on a thorough understanding of the properties of gaseous and liquid mixtures. This course will interpret, correlate, and predict thermodynamic properties used in mixture-related phase-equilibrium calculations. Basic statistical mechanical principles and intermolecular forces will be discussed, and applied to the correlation and prediction of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria. Statistical thermodynamics will be shown to work with classical thermodynamics, molecular physics, and physical chemistry to solve real-world problems.
GCH678Advanced Kinetics and Reactor Design
3 credits
This course is a study of chemical kinetics and mechanisms in complex homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction systems, and the design and analysis of chemical reactors for such systems.
GMC544Fluid Rheology
3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) by a sequence of gradually complex problems. In the process, basics of fluid mechanics, wave hydrodynamics, floating system dynamics, and vibrations are also covered. Topics covered include linear wave theory, linear and nonlinear oscillators, potential flow methods, wave force prediction methods, vortex-induced vibration and seakeeping.
GCH642Food and Pharmaceutical Processes
3 credits
The objective of this course is for students to understand the role played by chemical engineers in these branches of industry, become familiar with all unit operations used by the food and pharmaceutical industries, and to develop the ability to integrate all scientific and technical knowledge among the food and pharmaceutical engineering processes. Topics covered by this course are: drying processes, axis conditioning and humidification, extraction, crystallization, filtration, evaporation and distillation, cooling, stirring, mixing, extrusion cooking, mechanical operations (milling, screening, etc.), membrane and chromatographic separations, biological processes, handling and storage of granules and powders.
GCH677Mass Transport
3 credits
Students will examine the mathematical description of mass transport processes, including analytical solutions for steady state, transient, and multi-dimensional diffusion. This course explores a wide range of mass transfer behavior for binary and multicomponent systems that are encountered in chemical engineering. Special attention will be given to developing mathematical solutions to common steady and transient mass transfer problems, with an emphasis on understanding the physical implications of such systems. Fick’s law, flux definitions, constitutive equations, and conservation equations will be developed. Steady and transient mass transfer by diffusion will be analyzed in detail along with convective mass transfer, mass transport in flowing media, and free convection. Models will also be developed for mass transfer with simultaneous homogeneous or heterogeneous reaction and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Attention is also given to the development of boundary layer theory and correlations for mass transfer by forced convection. Special topics may include: membrane separation processes, drug delivery and controlled release, and adsorption separations.
GCH679Mathematical Modeling
3 credits
Students will study the formulation and solution of mathematical models of a range of chemical processes with an emphasis on differential balances and incorporation of uncertainty. This course introduces a range of analytical and numerical methods for the solution of mathematical equations encountered in chemical engineering. Topics are motivated by and presented in the context of physical phenomena encountered in chemical engineering industrial and research problems. The accuracy and computational complexity of each approach, along with their potential modes of failure, are highlighted. Attention is also given to interpretation and handling of uncertainty in the context of different problems. MATLAB is used in the course as a vehicle for teaching basic programming technique and the use of commercial numerical packages.
GCH681Process Integration Lab
1 credits
This course will cover the advanced level of process integration and pinch problem theory. It will introduce the newest technologies applied in that field. Students will use first principles, and simulators (such as heat) in order to design a process integration network for both chemical and petrochemical selected processes.
GCH643Production and Processing of Metals
3 credits
This course covers the following topics: unit operations of metallurgy (pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical plants), description of unit operations (material and energy balances, thermodynamic description, kinetic description), steel (high furnace processes, processes converters, alternative methods), metallurgy of non-ferrous metals (copper, zinc, lead, reactive metals: aluminum, titanium), metal recycling.
GCH530Properties of Polymers
2 credits
Synthetic polymers have become an integral part of our lives and can be found in many every day and advanced materials: rubber tires, bullet-proof vests, paints, fibers, contact lenses, drug delivery vehicles and many others. This course investigates these natural and man-made materials. Students will explore how these materials are synthesized, evaluated, and their commercial applications. They will also review important properties that these materials possess, including their molecular, physical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties. Students will be introduced to the methods of preparation of advanced polymer structures, such as block, star and brush copolymers, semi-conducting and biodegradable polymers. Finally, the forming techniques for plastics (compression molding, injection molding) and the different parameters leading to the degradation of polymers will also be covered.
GCH680Unit Integration Design and Control
3 credits
Reactive distillation is an excellent example of process innovation and intensification. In this course we introduce reactive distillation process design and control, starting with the steady-state design of an ideal quaternary system, steady-state design of real chemical systems, and control of ideal systems. Students will also learn about hybrid and non-conventional systems. By the end of the course students should be able to design and control at least one reactive distillation process.
GCH632Water and Waste Treatment
3 credits
This course covers the following topics: physico-chemical water treatment, such as micro straining, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, precipitation, removal of iron and manganese, adsorption, stabilization, thickening and sludge dewatering; waste treatment systems, such as characterization and quantification, reduction and recycling, manufacturing-derived waste, composting, incineration, combustion and pyrolysis, types of incinerators, waste and air emissions, landfill, energy recovery and pollution control.
Approved electives - Petroleum
GCH673Analysis of Petroleum Products Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH535 Or GCH540 Or GCH640
This laboratory introduces various methods of analysis by using sophisticated instruments and analytical equipment to determine various physical properties of crude, natural gas, petroleum products and petro-chemicals. Through this module students will learn the theoretical principles and experimental procedures for quantitative estimation.
GCH540Conversion of Petroleum Products
3 credits
The objective of the course is to inform students about the chemistry and converting technology of petroleum fractions in order to obtain commercial petroleum products. The main technological units studied are: thermal cracking, catalytic cracking, catalytic reforming, alkylation, isomerization, obtaining sulfur, obtaining hydrogen and the synthesis of MTBE.
GCH653Drilling Engineering
3 credits
This course presents the basics of drilling operations. Students will learn to visualize what is taking place down hole. They will go through all drilling steps and techniques and will understand how upstream services interact with the overall drilling process.
GCH656Field Development Planning
3 credits
This course covers the subject of field development planning. It teaches the fundamentals of writing a development plan. It combines both knowledge of subsurface and surface aspects in order to design a development plan up to taking a decision on optimal exploitation and development scenarios.
GCH535Petroleum Refining Techniques
3 credits
The objective of the course is to give students a working knowledge in the field of oil refining and gas. It will develop the following themes: oil exploration; oilfields; crude oil - production and global reserves; petroleum; analysis methods for gaseous, liquid and solid derivatives of oil; standards for testing petroleum products; and fractional distillation.
GCH620Plant Design
3 credits
This is the chemical engineering capstone design course, where we put together all that students have learned previously into a coherent project(s). This unit requires the students to undertake a major design task utilizing the knowledge gained throughout the chemical engineering course.
GCH625Process Design and Control
3 credits
A course covering the concepts of feedback control systems in the chemical and process industry. The course involves dynamic modeling, design and analysis of dynamic control systems.
GCH654Production Technology
3 credits
This course covers three topics: reservoir production concepts (drive mechanisms, material balance equation, production technology); well performance; and production analysis (production analysis theory, practical exercises on the Topaze Module of Ecrin Software).
GCH640Purification of Petroleum Products
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH540
This course covers: desalting of crude oil; purification of gases, solvents, and fuels; purification of lubricating oils; precipitation of asphalt vacuum residue by propane; extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons from lubricating cuts by extractive solvents; dewaxing; finishing treatments applied to lubricating oils and paraffin; preparation of bitumen; classification refineries; and production and distribution utilities in petroleum refineries.
GCH652Reservoir Characterization
3 credits
This course will cover various petroleum engineering disciplines within the upstream phase of the oil and gas industry. An intermediate level of knowledge will be gained by students on subjects such as petroleum geology, formation evaluation, well testing, reservoir simulation, well performance and production management. Students will go through practical exercises of what they learnt in theory on respective modules of Ecrin Software developed by KAPPA Engineering.
GCH655Reservoir Simulation
3 credits
This course covers the topic of reservoir simulation. It teaches students how to build a static and dynamic reservoir model. Bases of reservoir engineering are reviewed and students will be taught how to set up a conceptual model, create various types of grids, input petrophysical parameters and run a numerical model.
Common Core
GMC520Advanced Transport Phenomena
3 credits
The course provides a theoretical and practical basis for understanding and quantifying mass, momentum and energy transport motivated by examples and applications relevant to environmental engineering problems. Both molecular and macroscopic principles will be discussed, highlighting the unifying principles underlying transport processes and properties. Students will develop proficiency in problem formulation, making simplifying assumptions, and using a range of analytical and numerical solution methods. Coupled transport processes will be explored primarily through self-study as part of class project requirements.
GEN516Scientific English
2 credits
The English 516 is designed for students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It is designed to provide rigorous training in advanced reading, critiquing, synthesizing and researching. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another. In addition, students deliver one oral powerpoint presentation based on their writings.
GCH600Special Topic in Chemical Engineering
3 credits
GCH691Thesis I
1 credits
GCH692Thesis II
5 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH691
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