Dr. Matthew Cooper

Dr. Matthew Cooper

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Phone: 919-513-1623
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CHE 532 Core Chemical Engineering Concepts II

3 Credit Hours

Core ChE Concepts: I and II is a two-semester online chemical engineering sequence offered in Fall/Spring and Spring/Summer semesters through the Engineering Online program at NC State. These courses are designed only for students who do not have a previous chemical engineering degree. Students who have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering may still register for this course but resulting credit will not count towards their MS ChE.

Course Prerequisite

Completion of Core Chemical Engineering Concepts I.

Course Overview

  • Designed to prepare students with backgrounds in chemistry, biology or other engineering degrees for successful graduate study in chemical engineering.
  • Individual modules feature short video lectures, worked examples, conceptual quizzes, and interactive features for student support.
  • Together with the previous course (Core Chemical Engineering Concepts: I), these online courses count as two electives (6 credit hours) towards NC State’s MS in Chemical Engineering.
  • Excellent continuing education option for engineers and scientists who want an overview of core chemical engineering concepts.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and analyze energy and heat transport through single and multiple phases as well as steady-state and transient mass transfer processes.
  • Apply first and second laws to multicomponent systems to calculate thermodynamic properties.
  • Develop rate equations from known elementary reactions or available kinetic data, size a reactor given reaction kinetics, and evaluate reactor design options for multiple reactions.

Course Topics

  • Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer
  • Thermal Conductivity and Energy Transport
  • Shell Energy Balances and Temperature Distributions
  • Diffusivity and the Mechanisms of Mass Transport\
  • Concentration Distributions in Solids and in Laminar Flow
  • Thermodynamics
  • The Framework of Solution Thermodynamics
  • Mixing Processes
  • Phase Equilibrium
  • Thermodynamic Properties for VLE
  • Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • Mole Balances
  • Conversion and Reactor Sizing
  • Rate Laws
  • Stoichiometry
  • Isothermal Reactor Design: Conversion
  • Isothermal Reactor Design: Moles and Molar Flowrates

Reference Textbooks

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (8th Edition) – M. Smith, Hendrick Van Ness, Michael Abbott,and Mark Swihart. (2017). ISBN 9781259696527.
  • Transport Phenomena (revised 2nd Edition) – R. Bryon Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot. (2006). ISBN 0470115394.
  • Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering (5th Edition) – H. Scott Fogler. (2016). ISBN 0133887510.


Updated: 10/31/2022