The Chemical Engineering doctoral program trains students to apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.
The research areas underlying the Chemical Engineering doctoral program fall into three broad categories:
Graduate students will gain advanced study in mathematical methods in chemical engineering, chemical and catalytic reaction engineering, thermodynamics and transport phenomena.
Chemical engineers often focus on energy production, catalysis, metabolic and cell engineering, nanomaterials and biomaterials, and systems engineering. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.
The program builds on the foundation of an undergraduate engineering education and prepares students for careers as world-class researchers through the completion of advanced coursework, thesis research, and professional service (e.g., teaching assistance).
Applicants to the PhD in Chemical Engineering program are generally expected to have earned a prior degree in Chemical Engineering. Applicants with degrees in closely related engineering disciplines (such as Materials Science and Engineering or Polymer Engineering) who already have a working knowledge of the core course content of this program (i.e., partial differential equations describing heat, mass, and momentum transfer processes, chemical kinetics/reactors and catalysis, chemical thermodynamics) are also encouraged to apply.
Please note that applicants with degrees in Chemistry or Biochemistry are expected to have already completed coursework in ordinary/partial differential equations (at a minimum), and ideally heat/mass/momentum transport, as well. These courses should be clearly shown on the transcript(s) and must also be described in the applicant's personal statement.
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