Brief Description of CN Modules

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CN5010 Mathematical Methods in Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module is targeted at postgraduate students, who are interested in process modelling and simulation for various chemical and environmental engineering processes. The course covers both analytical and numerical techniques in solving the associated algebraic as well as differential equations. Analytical methods such as eigenvalue-eigenvector and Green's function method, and numerical methods such as finite difference, collocation and finite element methods are discussed. All fundamental concepts are introduced with applications related to chemical and environmental engineering using modern software tools. Some background knowledge in analytical methods and numerical analysis from undergraduate modules will be beneficial.
 
CN5020 Advanced Reaction Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The module aims to train the students in the fundamentals of reaction engineering and their application to the design and analysis of reactor. The concepts and theory in reaction kinetics are applied to reactor design of single phase reaction system. These are extended to multiphase reaction systems, incorporating the effects of physical rate processes and the interfacial equilibrium leading to the formulation of procedure for the design performance and stability analysis of reactors. This postgraduate module is targeted at students with interests in reaction systems. Background in chemical kinetics and transport phenomena will be beneficial.
 
CN5030 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Physical chemistry and/or thermodynamics at
undergraduate level
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective is to give students the fundamentals of thermodynamics at an advanced level, so that they can apply them to the analysis of complex processes and equipment design in chemical engineering. The module will begin by reviewing the basic laws of thermodynamics, the basic thermodynamic variables and molecular interactions. This is to be followed by the fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics, thermodynamics of the real gas mixture and the real solution systems, criteria of equilibrium and stability; molecular thermodynamics; thermodynamics of aqueous electrolyte and polymer-solutions; and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. This is targeted at students who have a basic degree in science and engineering and are pursuing a higher degree in chemical engineering.
 
CN5040 Advanced Transport Phenomena
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Fluid mechanics and/or heat and mass transfer at
undergraduate level
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Its objective is to introduce to the students the concept and theory of fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer at advanced level. This module starts with derivation of three conservation equations for momentum, energy and mass, and introduction of constitutive equations that relate fluxes to material properties and driving forces. Application and simplification of these basic equations for various cases is then followed. Various classical methods are learned to solve different problems. It is targeted at students who have interested in the three transports. Some background in engineering mathematics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer is beneficial.
 
CN5050 Advanced Separation Processes
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective is to introduce the concept and theory of diffusion, and their application in the design and analysis of industrially important advanced separation processes. The module starts with a review of basic diffusion concepts and calculations followed by the impact of flow dynamics on diffusional mass transfer. These concepts are then applied to the understanding and design of absorption with chemical reaction, adsorption, and membrane separation processes. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who are interested in design and/or operation of diffusional separation processes. Some background in equilibrium thermodynamics and principles of diffusion will be beneficial.
 
CN5111 Optimisation of Chemical Processes
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Linear algebra and numerical methods at undergraduate level
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Students will learn the fundamentals, methods and software for formulating and solving optimisation problems of relevance to chemical engineering. They will study various methods of linear/nonlinear and unconstrained/constrained programming, which would enable them to select and use appropriate solution algorithm and/or software for solving a given problem. They will also execute the various steps in optimisation and demonstrate their acquired knowledge by solving a sufficiently complex practical problem of their own choice in a term project. This is for graduate students who wish to learn optimisation methodology to solve real-life problems in research and/or industry.
 
CN5131 Colloids and Surfaces
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of the course is to introduce fundamental concepts of describing and interpreting interfacial phenomena and to discuss important applications in selected technological areas. The course commences with key theories such as surface tension, contact angle, Young-Laplace equation, and Kelvin equation, followed by the thermodynamics of surfaces, forces that govern interfacial interactions, adsorption at various interfaces, colloidal systems, self assembly system, and surfactants. Investigative techniques for analyses of interfacial and colloidal systems are presented to demonstrate the application of the concepts. Students who are interested in physicochemical events at interface and in colloidal systems are strongly encouraged to study this module. Background in physical chemistry, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, engineering mathematics, and materials science and engineering will be beneficial.
 
CN5161 Polymer Processing Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4203
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Polymer Production, polymerisation kinetics, methods of bulk, solution, dispersion, suspension and emulsion polymerisation; design of polymerisation reactors; analysis of polymer processing operations, extrusion, film blowing, wire-coating, injection molding, blow moulding, thermoforming, calendering and mixing; polymer rheology, the kinematics of deformation and flow, viscometry and rheometry, constitutive equations based on continuum/rational mechanics and on molecular theory.
 
CN5162 Advanced Polymeric Materials
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
An advanced introduction to polymer chemistry and physics. Current state of development in controlled polymerisations. Survey of functional polymers. Electroactive polymers and polymers in optoelectronics. Polymers in microelectronics: as photoresists, e-beam resists, and IC encapsulants. Polymer blends and polymer membranes. Membrane fabrication, characterisation and applications. Liquid crystalline polymers. Polymers as biomaterials. Surface modified and functionalised polymers.
 
CN5172 Biochemical Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0.5-0-1.5-5
Prerequisite(s): CN1111, CN2122, CN2116, LSM1401 or with the consent of the instructor
Preclusion(s): CN4208
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to familiarise students with the upstream section of a bioprocess for the manufacture of a biological product. The module starts with the drug discovery process and natural products research. Growth and product kinetics are reviewed through a cursory treatment. This is followed by introduction to rDNA and hybridoma technology for biopharmaceuticals production. Detailed treatment of fermenter design including operating strategies, and transport phenomena with respect to agitation and aeration follows. Considerations for mammalian cell cultivation are discussed as well as media sterilisation and process monitoring of a bioprocess. These concepts are finally applied to a term paper. This module is targeted at graduate students who are interested in biopharmaceuticals production.
 
CN5173 Downstream Processing of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Products
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0.5-0-1.5-5
Prerequisite(s): CN3132 or with the consent of the instructor
Preclusion(s): CN4231
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to familiarise students with the downstream section of a bioprocess for the production of biochemical and pharmaceutical products. The module first discusses drug requirements for different applications, and an overview of the downstream processes involved in obtaining an acceptable product quality. The general characteristics and fundamental principles of unit operations encountered in each of the major section of a downstream train are then discussed in detail: removal of insolubles, product isolation, high resolution techniques and product polishing. The current state of the research in some unit operations is also highlighted. The concepts covered are finally applied to a term paper. This module is targeted at graduate students who are interested in biopharmaceuticals production.
 
CN5181 Computer Aided Chemical Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4229
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module introduces students to advanced computational methods and their application to common chemical engineering problems. Computational techniques are commonly used for process design, planning and scheduling, and control. The module provides a practical introduction to basic concepts, tools and techniques in artificial intelligence, symbolic computation, and numerical optimisation. Knowledge representation, object-oriented programming, and solution techniques such as search algorithms, neural networks, symbolic algebra, and linear and nonlinear optimisation are covered in a hands-on fashion. These are then applied to various industrially relevant problems. This module is for students interested in state-of-the-art computational methods. Some programming background will be beneficial.
 
CN5191 Project Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-2-0-0-5
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4225
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to provide an in-depth description of Project Engineering as practiced by the primary CPI contractors. Beginning with an overview of the chemical process industry (CPI) and project terminology, the module will discuss in detail the organization of projects, team composition and roles of various personnel, planning and scheduling of activities, project management tools, and plant operations. It will involve guest speakers from various industries and real-life cases studies. This module is targeted at students with a potential career interest in engineering and construction field. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students with a potential career interest in the CPI construction area.
 
CN5192 Future Fuel Options: Prospects and Technologies
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s): Familiar with general chemistry, chemical kinetics and chemical engineering thermodynamics
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module introduces fuel options for mankind beyond coal, conventional natural gas and petroleum. It is a multidisciplinary course integrating cutting edge technologies for the utilization of future fossil fuels (such as shale gas, coal bed methane and methane hydrates), biofuels and hydrogen fuel. Students will learn various types of alternative fuels, their advantages, significance, current practise, production strategies, and challenges ahead. A term project along with several real and literature case studies from key areas will be used to illustrate and reinforce the learning. This module is meant for graduate students having chemical engineering background.
 
CN5193 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to introduce to the students principles of advanced analytical techniques, and their practical applications. This module covers a number of topics including the analytical process, sample preparation, calibration methods, fundamental aspects of spectrophotometry, applications of atomic spectroscopy, introduction to analytical separations, chromatographic methods, and thermal and surface analysis. In addition, the use of advanced instrumental techniques for specific research applications, data analysis, and spreadsheet calculations are discussed. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who are interested in using advanced analytical techniques in their research. Some background in Analytical Chemistry will be beneficial.
 
CN5222 Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4232
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to provide an overview of the chemical reaction engineering aspects of pharmaceutical and fine chemical synthesis. Emphasis is placed on the importance of controlling chemo- regio- and stereoselectivity. Most pharmaceutical and fine chemical syntheses are performed in the liquid phase. As preliminaries, a number of relevant physical-chemical concepts are introduced. Since many liquid syntheses are metal-mediated, emphasis is given to homogeneous catalysis and modified heterogeneous. This naturally leads to a host of important environmental issues. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who have are interested chemical reaction engineering and particularly the special considerations required for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.
 
CN5251 Membrane Science and Technology
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4210
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to provide students with a broad spectrum of knowledge in fundamentals of membrane science and engineering, as well as in membrane applications for chemical, environmental and biomedical engineering. The module starts with the introduction of various membranes and their applications. We then teach the general theory of membrane transport for pressure, concentration and electric field driven separation and purification processes. The basic principles of membrane fabrication for symmetric, asymmetric and composite membranes will be studied. Other focuses will be given to membrane fouling, liquid membranes, and facilitated transport in order to broaden students' knowledge in membrane usage and functional membranes. In order to inspire student interests in membrane applications for life science, the module will also include membranes for controlled release devices, biomimetic and biological membranes for life science.
 
CN5252 Metabolic Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Linear algebra and numerical methods at undergraduate level, Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Metabolic Engineering aims to improve production of industrially targeted compounds by genetically modifying the cellular metabolism. This module describes essential components of this practice: (1) how the industrial microbes utilize metabolism; (2) how genetic targets can be identified and engineered to improve cellular performance; and (3) how novel metabolic pathways can be synthesized and designed using recombinant DNA technology, genetic circuits and systems approaches. It also introduces emerging fields of systems and synthetic biology within the metabolic engineering context. Thus, students will learn the concepts, techniques and practical applications in the areas of genetic and metabolic engineering.
 
CN5371 Special Topics in Biochemical Engineering and Bioseparations
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-3-3-2
Prerequisite(s): Students should have taken topics in Biochemical Engineering, Bioseparations, and have a strong interest in the biomanufacturing and the biotechnology industry.
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to give students opportunity to critique current papers in biochemical engineering and provide practical understanding of cell culture and purification methods. Students will critique scientific impact of protein therapeutics and engineering aspects of recombinant protein production at commercial scales. They will be introduced to bioreactors, media design and analytical methods for cell culture. This is followed by topics on protein purification, and analytical methods of structure and function. Two practical sessions include culture of animal cells to produce, purify and characterise antibodies, SDS Page, western blots and ELISAs. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who are interested in bioprocesses such as animal cell culture and protein purification.
 
CN5391 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemical Engineering I
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: Depends on the selected topic offered
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This is an advanced course in Chemical Engineering. Specific topics are selected on the basis of current teaching and research needs. Lectures will be given by both department staff and visiting specialists.
 
CN5392 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemical Engineering II
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: Depends on the selected topic offered
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This is an advanced course in Chemical Engineering. Specific topics are selected on the basis of current teaching and research needs. Lectures will be given by both department staff and visiting specialists.
 
CN5401 Contemporary Topics in Advanced Chemical Engineering
Modular Credits: 2
Workload: 1.5-0.5-0-1-2
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This is an advanced course in Chemical Engineering. Specific topics are selected based on teaching and research needs of the Department and current trends in chemical / biomolecular engineering research. Lectures will be given by Department staff and / or visiting specialists.
 
CN5555 Chemical Engineering Project
Modular Credits: 8
Workload: 0-0-0-7-3
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module involves supervised project over two semesters, on a topic approved by the Department. The project work should relate to one of the sub-areas of chemical engineering: chemical engineering sciences, chemical and biological systems engineering, environmentally benign processing and sustainability, biomolecular and biomedical sciences, and nanostructured and functionalized materials/devices. The student has to find a suitable supervisor or supervisors. The study area is to be finalized after consultation with the supervisor(s). Approval will be granted by the Program Manager. The student shall carry out the project within the period of his/her candidature.
 
CN5666 Industrial Attachment
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-minimum 60 days-0
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module provides engineering research students with work attachment experience in a company.
 
CN5999 Graduate Seminars
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-0
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Seminar-style module class.
 
CN6020 Advanced Reaction Engineering
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-7
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The primary aim of the module is to provide graduate students with a strong foundation in the engineering of chemical reactions and reactors. The module will cover a variety of topics, including molecular basis of chemical phenomena, theories to estimate kinetic rate coefficients, complex gas phase kinetics, heterogeneous catalysis, analysis of reactors for single and multi-phase chemical reactions, and multi-scale coupling of transport phenomena with chemical reactions. Strong links to current research in several fields will be established, with an emphasis on the generality of the underlying conceptual foundation and its utility in the research pursued by the enrolled students.
 
CN6162 Advanced Polymeric Materials
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN5162
Cross-listing(s): Nil
An advanced introduction to polymer chemistry and physics. Current state of development in controlled polymerisations. Survey of functional polymers. Electroactive polymers and polymers in optoelectronics. Polymers in microelectronics: as photoresists, e-beam resists, and IC encapsulants. Polymer blends and polymer membranes. Membrane fabrication, characterisation and applications. Liquid crystalline polymers. Polymers as biomaterials. Surface modified and functionalised polymers.
 
CN6163 Inorganic Nanomaterials for Sustainability
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): CN5020, CN5030 or equivalent, or Lecturers' Permission. This module is designed for Ph.D. and M.Eng. students.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The module begins with an introduction of how chemical engineering principles contribute to nanomaterials-driven sustainability. Following that is in-depth discourses on the fundamental concepts in the chemistry and physics of inorganic nanomaterials. Then, design of functional inorganic nanomaterials is introduced followed by the systematic discussion on synthesis, characterization, functionalization, properties and applications. Applications of these concepts would be realized in diverse, current and important sustainability topics such as inorganic nanomaterials for renewable energy generation and storage, green catalysis for fine chemicals, applications in environment and human health, and public concerns of inorganic nanomaterials exposure.
 
CN6222 Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4232 and CN5222
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to provide an overview of the chemical reaction engineering aspects of pharmaceutical and fine chemical synthesis. Emphasis is placed on the importance of controlling chemo- regio- and stereoselectivity. Most pharmaceutical and fine chemical syntheses are performed in the liquid phase. As preliminaries, a number of relevant physical-chemical concepts are introduced. Since many liquid syntheses are metal-mediated, emphasis is given to homogeneous catalysis and modified heterogeneous. This naturally leads to a host of important environmental issues. This is a postgraduate module targeted at students who are interested in chemical reaction engineering and particularly the special considerations required for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.
 
CN6251 Membrane Science and Technology
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): CN4210 and CN5251
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The objective of this module is to provide students with a broad spectrum of knowledge in fundamentals of membrane science and engineering, as well as in membrane applications for chemical, environmental and biomedical engineering. The module starts with the introduction of various membranes and their applications. We then teach the general theory of membrane transport for pressure, concentration and electric field driven separation and purification processes. The basic principles of membrane fabrication for symmetric, asymmetric and composite membranes will be studied. Other focuses will be given to membrane fouling, liquid membranes, and facilitated transport in order to broaden students' knowledge in membrane usage and functional membranes. In order to inspire student interests in membrane applications for life science, the module will also include membranes for controlled release devices, biomimetic and biological membranes.
 
CN6999 Doctoral Seminars
Modular Credits: 8
Workload: 0-0-0-0-0
Prerequisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Seminar-style module class.