Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) provides the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain a thorough fundamental knowledge of all fields in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

In broad terms, research conducted in the department can be divided into the following areas: catalysis and reaction engineering; electrochemical engineering; polymers and complex fluids; microsystems technology and microelectrics; molecular simulations and theory; interfacial engineering; biochemical and bioprocess engineering; biomedical engineering; and synthetic biology. The department also collaborates with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Undergraduate Programs

Chemical Engineering: BS, Minor
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major offered in cooperation with the College of Engineering)
Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering: BS (Joint Major offered in cooperation with the College of Engineering)

Graduate Programs

Chemical Biomolecular Engineering: MS (Product Development Program), PhD
 

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Courses

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

CHM ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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CHM ENG 40 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Design and analysis of processes involving chemical change. Strategies for design, such as creative thinking and (re)definition of the design goal. Methods for analyzing designs, such as mathematical modeling, empirical analysis by graphics, and dynamic scaling by dimensional analysis. Design choices in light of process efficiency, product quality, economics, safety, and environmental issues.

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CHM ENG 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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CHM ENG 90 Science and Engineering of Sustainable Energy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An introduction is given to the science and technologies of producing electricity and transportation fuels from renewable energy resources (biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and wave). Students will be introduced to quantitative calculations and comparisions of energy technologies together with the economic and political factors affecting the transition from nonrenewable to sustainable energy resources. Mass and energy balances are used to
analyze the conversion of energy resources.
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CHM ENG 98 Directed Group Studies for Lower Division Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised research on a specific topic.

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CHM ENG 98W Directed Group Study 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2015
Directed group study consisting of supplementary problem sets, review sessions, and discussions related to chemical engineering. Topics vary with instructor.

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CHM ENG 140 Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Material and energy balances applied to chemical process systems. Determination of thermodynamic properties needed for such calculations. Sources of data. Calculation procedures.

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CHM ENG 141 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Thermodynamic behavior of pure substances and mixtures. Properties of solutions, phase equilibria. Thermodynamic cycles. Chemical equilibria for homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.

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CHM ENG 142 Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Analysis and prediction of rates of chemical conversion in flow and nonflow processes involving homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.

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CHM ENG 143 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
The purpose of Chemical Engineering Modeling and Computations in Chemical Engineering is to teach students the methodologies used in setting up mathematical models of simple chemical processes and operations, and the numerical techniques used to simulate them. Included are techniques to obtain physical properties of mixtures/solutions using equations of state. This is followed by simple processes such as vapor liquid equilibrium, separation operations such as distillation
, heat transfer, and chemical reactions in ideal reactors such as stirred tank and plug flow. Later on, real chemical process equipment and processes are modeled and simulated, using many of the techniques learned earlier. Programming languages such as Matlab and...
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CHM ENG 150A Transport Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application to chemical processes. Laminar and turbulent flow in pipes and around submerged objects. Flow measurement. Heat conduction and convection; heat transfer coefficients.

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CHM ENG 150B Transport and Separation Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Principles of mass transfer with application to chemical processes. Diffusion and convection. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer; mass transfer coefficients. Design of staged and continuous separations processes.

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CHM ENG 154 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Experiments in physical measurements, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, kinetics, and separation processes. Emphasis on investigation of basic relationships important in engineering. Experimental design, analysis of results, and preparation of engineering reports are stressed.

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CHM ENG 160 Chemical Process Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Design principles of chemical process equipment. Design of integrated chemical processes with emphasis upon economic considerations.

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CHM ENG 161S Industrial Chemical Process Design 6 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Design of chemical processes and equipment, with an emphasis on industry-sponsored and/or industry-tailored processes

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CHM ENG 162 Dynamics and Control of Chemical Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Analysis of the dynamic behavior of chemical processes and methods and theory of their control. Implementation of computer control systems on process simulations.

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CHM ENG 170A Biochemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
This course intends to introduce chemical engineers to the basic concepts of biochemical engineering. The course focuses on the use of chemical engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of biologically-based processes. The main emphasis will be on biochemical kinetics, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena as they apply to enzyme catalysis, microbial growth and metabolism, fermentation and bioreactor
design, product recovery and downstream processing. Fundamental topics in biological sciences will be introduced as necessary throughout the course.
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CHM ENG 170B Biochemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
The second of a two-semester sequence intended to introduce chemical engineers to the basic concepts of biochemical engineering. The course focuses on the use of chemical engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of biologically-based processes. The emphasis will be on biochemical kinetics, protein engineering, cell growth and metabolism, bioreactor design, downstream processing, pharmacokinetics, drug delivery, and et
hics.
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CHM ENG C170L Biochemical Engineering Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Laboratory techniques for the cultivation of microorganisms in batch and continuous reactions. Enzymatic conversion processes. Recovery of biological products.

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CHM ENG 171 Transport Phenomena 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
Study of momentum, energy, and mass transfer in laminar and turbulent flow.

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CHM ENG 176 Principles of Electrochemical Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Principles and application of electrochemical equilibria, kinetics, and transport processes. Technical electrolysis and electrochemical energy conversion.

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CHM ENG C178 Polymer Science and Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An interdisciplinary course on the synthesis, characterization, and properties of polymer materials. Emphasis on the molecular origin of properties of polymeric materials and technological applications. Topics include single molecule properties, polymer mixtures and solutions, melts, glasses, elastomers, and crystals. Experiments in polymer synthesis, characterization, and physical properties.

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CHM ENG 179 Process Technology of Solid-State Materials Devices 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Chemical processing and properties of solid-state materials. Crystal growth and purification. Thin film technology. Application of chemical processing to the manufacture of semiconductors and solid-state devices.

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CHM ENG 180 Chemical Engineering Economics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Optimal design of chemical processes and unit operations, emphasizing the interactions between technical and economic considerations. Analysis of process risks. Chemical and biomolecular process design in the presence of uncertainties. Interest rate determinants and their effects on chemical process feasibility and choices. Relationships between structure and behavior of firms in the chemical processing industries. Multivariable input-output a
nalyses.
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CHM ENG H193 Senior Honors Thesis 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
A senior honors thesis is written in consultation with the student's faculty research advisor. This is a required course for students wishing to graduate with honors in Chemical Engineering.

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CHM ENG H194 Research for Advanced Undergraduates 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Original research under direction of one of the members of the staff.

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CHM ENG 195 Special Topics 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Fall 2017's Special Topic: Nanoscience and Engineering Biotechnology

This nanoscale science and biomolecular engineering course will cover emerging topics in applied biotechnology. Topics include bioanalytical chemistry, recombinant protein generation and purification, cell culture, immunology, nanomaterials in biology, bio-toxicity, and biomolecular sensors. The scope of the course will also probe the interface of biology with nanomaterials
, and standard microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to image both biological structures and nanoscale materials.
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CHM ENG C195A The Berkeley Lectures on Energy: Energy from Biomass 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
After an introduction to the different aspects of our global energy consumption, the course will focus on the role of biomass. The course will illustrate how the global scale of energy guides the biomass research. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the biological aspects (crop selection, harvesting, storage and distribution, and chemical composition of biomass) with the chemical aspects to convert biomass to energy. The course aims to
engage students in state-of-the-art research.
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CHM ENG 196 Special Laboratory Study 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Special laboratory or computational work under direction of one of the members of the staff.

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CHM ENG 197 Field Study in Chemical Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Supervised experience in off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects and applications of chemical engineering. Written report required at the end of the term. Course does not satisfy unit or residence requirements for the bachelor's degree.

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CHM ENG 198 Directed Group Study for Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Supervised research on a specific topic. Enrollment is restricted; see Introduction to Courses and Curricula section in the General Catalog.

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CHM ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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CHM ENG 230 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2010
The course aims to introduce a variety of mathematical and computational methods useful in solving research problems pertaining to chemical and biomolecular systems. The course covers a wide range of topics from linear algebra and matrices, differential equations, and stochastic methods. Even though the focus is primarily on analytical methods, most of the concepts will be demonstrated with computations and applications. The goal of the course
is to ensure that the students are aware of a wide range of computational methods that can be useful in their research and to provide the students with sufficient background in applied mathematics that can be useful in reading the science and engineering literature.

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CHM ENG 240 Thermodynamics for Chemical Product and Process Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Topics covered include molecular thermodynamics of pure substances and mixtures, interfacial thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and computer simulations.

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CHM ENG 244 Kinetics and Reaction Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Molecular processes in chemical systems, kinetics and catalysis. Interaction of mass and heat transfer in chemical processes. Performance of systems with chemical reactors.

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CHM ENG 245 Catalysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Adsorption and kinetics of surface reactions; catalyst preparation and characterization; poisoning, selectivity, and empirical activity patterns in catalysis; surface chemistry, catalytic mechanisms and modern experimental techniques in catalytic research; descriptive examples of industrial catalytic systems.

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CHM ENG 246 Principles of Electrochemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Electrode processes in electrolysis and in galvanic cells. Charge and mass transfer in ionic media. Criteria of scale-up.

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CHM ENG 248 Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
Principles of surface and colloid chemistry with current applications; surface thermodynamics, wetting, adsorption from solution, disperse systems, association colloids, interacting electrical double layers and colloid stability, kinetics of coagulation, and electrokinetics.

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CHM ENG 250 Transport Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Basic differential relations of mass, momentum, and energy including creeping, laminar, and turbulent flow, boundary layers, convective-diffusion in heat and mass transfer, and simultaneous multicomponent mass and energy transport. Analytic mathematical solution of the equations of change using classical techniques including: separation of variables, similarity solutions, and Laplace and Fourier transforms.

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CHM ENG 256 Advanced Transport Phenomena 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2009
Formulation and rigorous analysis of the laws governing the transport of momentum, heat, and mass, with special emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Detailed investigation of laminar flows complemented by treatments of turbulent flow systems and hydrodynamic stability.

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CHM ENG C268 Physicochemical Hydrodynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
An introduction to the hydrodynamics of capillarity and wetting. Balance laws and short-range forces. Dimensionless numbers, scaling and lubrication approximation. Rayleigh instability. Marangoni effect. The moving contact line. Wetting and short-range forces. The dynamic contact angle. Dewetting. Coating flows. Effect of surfactants and electric fields. Wetting of rough or porous surfaces. Contact angles for evaporating systems
.
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CHM ENG C270 Protein Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2010
An in-depth study of the current methods used to design and engineer proteins. Emphasis on how strategies can be applied in the laboratory. Relevant case studies presented to illustrate method variations and applications. Intended for graduate students.

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CHM ENG 274 Biomolecular Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Fundamentals in biomolecular engineering. Structures, dynamics, and functions of biomolecules. Molecular tools in biotechnology. Metabolic and signaling networks in cellular engineering. Synthetic biology and biomedical engineering applications.

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CHM ENG C294A Mechanics and Physics of Lipid Bilayers 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Lipid bilayers constitute the membrane that encloses every animal cell and many of its interior structures, including the nuclear envelope, the organelles and the endoplasmic reticulum. This is a unique course devoted to modern developments in this exceptionally active field of research, ranging from models based on continuum theory to recent developments based on statistical mechanics.

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CHM ENG 295B Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: Electrochemical, Hydrodynamic, and Interfacial Phenomena 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Current and advanced study in chemical engineering, primarily for advanced graduate students.

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CHM ENG 295K Design of Functional Interfaces 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2005, Fall 2004
This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques involved in the design and physical characterization of advanced functional materials consisting of well-defined interfaces. Throughout the course, principles of supramolecular chemistry on solid surfaces are applied to functional systems. Materials with different connectivity and structure at the active site are compared for development of understanding. Specific topics include
catalysis, separations, encapsulation, and biomedicine.
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CHM ENG 295N Polymer Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2010, Spring 2008
This course, which is based on Gert Strobl's book addresses the origin of some of the important physical properties of polymer liquids and solids. This includes phase transitions, crystallization, morphology of multiphase polymer systems, mechanical properties, response to mechanical and electric fields, and fracture. When possible, we will develop quantitative molecular models that predict macroscopic behavior. The course will address experimental
data obtained by microscopy, light and neutron scattering, rheology, and dielectric relaxation.
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CHM ENG 295P Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: Introduction to New Product Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is part of the product development initative sponsored by the department of chemical engineering. It focuses on real-life practices and challenges of translating scientific discovery into commercial products. Its scope is limited in most circumstances to situations where some knowledge of chemical engineering, chemistry, and related disciplines might prove to be particularly useful. The course primarily uses case studies of real-world
new product development situations to simulate the managerial and technical challenges that will confront students in the field. We will cover a wide range of topics including basic financial, strategic and intellectual property concepts for products, managing risk and uncertainity, the effective new product development team, the evolving role of corporate R&D, the new venture product company and the ethics of post-launch product management.
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CHM ENG 295Q Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: Advanced Topics in New Product Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is a part of the product development initiative sponsored by the department of chemical engineering. The course builds on the coverage in 295P of real-life practices of translating scientific discovery into commercial products. We will cover a wide range of advanced product development concepts including technology road maps, decision analysis, six sigma, product portfolio optimization, and best practices for field project ma
nagement.
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CHM ENG C295A The Berkeley Lectures on Energy: Energy from Biomass 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
After an introduction to the different aspects of our global energy consumption, the course will focus on the role of biomass. The course will illustrate how the global scale of energy guides the biomass research. Emphasis will be places on the integration of the biological aspects (crop selection, harvesting, storage, and distribution, and chemical composition of biomass) with the chemical aspects to convert biomass to energy. The course aims
to engage students in state-of-art research.
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CHM ENG C295L Implications and Applications of Synthetic Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Explore strategies for maximizing the economic and societal benefits of synthetic biology and minimizing the risks; create "seedlings" for future research projects in synthetic biology at UC Berkeley; increase multidisciplinary collaborations at UC Berkeley on synthetic biology; and introduce students to a wide perspective of SB projects and innovators as well as policy, legal, and ethical experts.,Terms offered: Spring 2007
Explore strategies for
maximizing the economic and societal benefits of synthetic biology and minimizing the risks; create "seedlings" for future research projects in synthetic biology at UC Berkeley; increase multidisciplinary collaborations at UC Berkeley on synthetic biology; and introduce students to a wide perspective of SB projects and innovators as well as policy, legal, and ethical experts.
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CHM ENG C295L Implications and Applications of Synthetic Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Explore strategies for maximizing the economic and societal benefits of synthetic biology and minimizing the risks; create "seedlings" for future research projects in synthetic biology at UC Berkeley; increase multidisciplinary collaborations at UC Berkeley on synthetic biology; and introduce students to a wide perspective of SB projects and innovators as well as policy, legal, and ethical experts.,Terms offered: Spring 2007
Explore strategies for
maximizing the economic and societal benefits of synthetic biology and minimizing the risks; create "seedlings" for future research projects in synthetic biology at UC Berkeley; increase multidisciplinary collaborations at UC Berkeley on synthetic biology; and introduce students to a wide perspective of SB projects and innovators as well as policy, legal, and ethical experts.
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CHM ENG C295R Applied Spectroscopy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2007, Spring 2002
After a brief review of quantum mechanics and semi-classical theories for the interaction of radiation with matter, this course will survey the various spectroscopies associated with the electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to radio waves. Special emphasis is placed on application to research problems in applied and engineering sciences. Graduate researchers interested in systematic in situ process characterization, analysis, or discovery
are best served by this course.
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CHM ENG C295Z Energy Solutions: Carbon Capture and Sequestration 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
After a brief overview of the chemistry of carbon dioxide in the land, ocean, and atmosphere, the course will survey the capture and sequestration of CO2 from anthropogenic sources. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of materials synthesis and unit operation design, including the chemistry and engineering aspects of sequestration. The course primarily addresses scientific and engineering challenges and aims
to engage students in state-of-the-art research in global energy challenges.
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CHM ENG 296 Special Study for Graduate Students in Chemical Engineering 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Special laboratory and theoretical studies.

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CHM ENG 298 Seminar in Chemical Engineering 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Lectures, reports, and discussions on current research in chemical engineering. Sections are operated independently and directed toward different topics.

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CHM ENG 298C Colloquium in Chemical Engineering 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Lectures, reports, and discussions on current research in chemical engineering.

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CHM ENG 299 Research in Chemical Engineering 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Research.

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CHM ENG 300 Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching of Chemical Engineering 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Discussion, problem review and development, guidance of large scale laboratory experiments, course development, supervised practice teaching.

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CHM ENG 375 Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching of Chemical Engineering 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Discussion, problem review and development, guidance of large scale laboratory experiments, course development, supervised practice teaching.

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CHM ENG 602 Individual Studies for Graduate Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Keith Alexander, Adjunct Professor. New Product Development; Technology Commercialization.

Nitash P. Balsara, Professor. Chemical engineering, synthesis and characterization of soft microstructured polymer materials, nucleation, neutron scattering, depolarized light scattering.
Research Profile

Alexis T. Bell, Professor. Understanding the fundamental relationships between the structure and composition of heterogeneous catalysts and their performance.
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Elton J. Cairns, Professor. Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
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Carlo Carraro, Adjunct Professor.

Douglas S. Clark, Professor. Biochemical engineering and biocatalysis.
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David B. Graves, Professor. Plasma processing and electronic materials.
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Teresa Head-Gordon, Professor. Computational chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, biomolecules, materials, computational science.
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Enrique Iglesia, Professor. Chemical engineering, catalytic materials, heterogeneous catalysis, chemical reaction engineering, methane and biomass coversion processes, refining processes, hydrogen generation, alkane activation deoxygenatiion and desulfurization catalysis, zeolites.
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Alexander Katz, Assistant Professor. Chemical engineering, nanoengineering, catalytic imprinted silicas, catalysts in biological systems, catalysis, chemical sensing.
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Jay Keasling, Professor. Microorganism metabolic engineering for environmentally friendly product.
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Sanjay Kumar, Professor. Biomaterials, molecular and cellular bioengineering, stem cells, cancer biology, translational medicine.
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Markita Landry, Assistant Professor. Nanomaterials, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, biophysics.
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Jeffrey R. Long, Professor. Inorganic and solid state chemistry, synthesis of inorganic clusters and solids, controlling structure, tailoring physical properties, intermetal bridges, high-spin metal-cyanide clusters, magnetic bistability.
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Roya Maboudian, Professor. Surface and interfacial science and engineering, thin-film science and technology, micro-/nano-systems technology, harsh-environment sensors, silicon carbide, biologically-inspired materials synthesis.
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Brian Maiorella, Adjunct Professor.

Kranthi K. Mandadapu, Assistant Professor. Statistical Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics — Polycrystalline Materials, Biological Membranes, Bacterial Motility.
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Bryan D. McCloskey, Assistant Professor. Electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, molecular and ionic transport through polymers.
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Ali Mesbah, Assistant Professor. Process Systems and Control.
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Susan J. Muller, Professor. Chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, Rheology, complex fluids, microfabrication processes, Genetic Engineering of Protein Polymers, Finite Element Modeling of Bubbles, Stress Fluids, Taylor-Couette instabilities.
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John M. Prausnitz, Professor. Molecular thermodynamics of phase equilibria.
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+ Clayton J. Radke, Professor. Surface and colloid science technology.
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+ Jeffrey A. Reimer, Professor. Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy, nuclear spintronics.
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David Schaffer, Professor. Neuroscience, biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, stem cell biology, gene therapy.
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Berend Smit, Professor. Molecular simulations, multi-scale modeling, catalysts, soft-condensed matter, biological membranes, clays.
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Wenjun Zhang, Assistant Professor. Natural product biosynthesis and engineering for health and bioenergy applications.
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Lecturers

Shannon Ciston, Lecturer.

Dean C. Draemel, Lecturer.

Alexandra Landry, Lecturer.

Gregory R. Schoofs, Lecturer.

Steve Sciamanna, Lecturer.

George Tyson, Lecturer.

Ravi Upadhye, Lecturer.

P. Henrik Wallman, Lecturer.

Marjorie Went, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Harvey W. Blanch, Professor Emeritus. Biochemical Engineering.
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Morton Denn, Professor Emeritus.

Jean M. J. Frechet, Professor Emeritus. Materials chemistry, catalysis, drug delivery, analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, polymer science, macromolecules, chiral recognition, control of molecular architecture at the nanometer scale, reactive surfaces.
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Simon Goren, Professor Emeritus.

C. Judson King, Professor Emeritus. Separation processes, spray drying, and higher education.
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Scott Lynn, Professor Emeritus.

John S. Newman, Professor Emeritus. Chemical engineering, electrochemical systems, lithium batteries, industrial electrochemical processes, methanol fuel cells.
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+ Michael C. Williams, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

201 Gilman Hall

Phone: 510-642-2291

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Department Chair

Jeffrey Reimer, PhD

Phone: 510-643-3951

cbechair@berkeley.edu

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education

Alexander Katz, PhD

Phone: 510-643-3248

askatz@berkeley.edu

Vice Chair for Graduate Education

Nitash Balsara, PhD

Phone: 510-642-8973

nbalsara@berkeley.edu

Head, Graduate Admissions

Danielle Tullman-Ereck, PhD

Phone: 510-642-7160

dtereck@berkeley.edu

Graduate Adviser

Carlet Altamirano

Phone: 510-642-1533

carleta@berkeley.edu

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