Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Chemical Engineering

The Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering usually takes four to five years to complete. It involves course work and a research leading to the PhD Thesis. PhD research within the Chemical Engineering Department is broad, applying fundamental and applied sciences to investigate some of today's hot topics. Students gain advanced knowledge of chemical engineering theory and its relationship to engineering processes, including gas separation and membranes, industrial wastewater treatment technologies and environmental engineering, polymer and polymer nanotechnology, catalytic reaction engineering, biotechnology and biochemical engineering, food and pharmaceutical processing, desalination and water purification, CO2 capture and storage, rheology, and composite materials. PhD graduates will be equipped with the important skills necessary for research and academia.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 55 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: Both of the following two courses:) (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH710Research Methodologies3.000
CHME755Graduate PhD Seminar1.000

(Group 2: Any 6 credits of the following courses:) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELEC620Analytical Techniques in Engineering3.000
ELEC600Numerical Methods in Engineering3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHME640Directed Studies in Chemical Engineering3.000
CHME735Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering I3.000
CHME736Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any two Elective courses from Chemical Eng. or other programs) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHME800Comprehensive Exam0.000
CHME810Prospectus Exam0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHME900Dissertation Doctoral Research  10.000
CHME910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9