Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

The Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering program will introduce students to the design and operation of chemical and catalytic reactors. These vessels are usually the most important part in a chemical plant or oil refinery. Chemical Engineers, with their knowledge of kinetics, heat and mass transfer, separations and control, are the only engineers trained with all the tools necessary to work with reactors. The team of instructors for this concentration is part of the Purdue Catalysis Center (PCC) and spans molecular level control of catalyst synthesis; detailed chemical kinetic analysis; a wide variety of structural and chemical characterization methods for catalysts, their surfaces and their interactions with reacting gases; molecular level theory; reactor modeling, analysis and design; and practical aspects of industrial processes. With this expertise the PCC group offers unique opportunities for students to be trained in all aspects of developing new technologies, including simulations, experimentation, and economic analysis. In addition, we currently expose about 50 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students in the PCC to hands-on projects from fundamental science to industrial practice. Students joining this concentration will be in an ideal environment to learn this science and technology, augment it with specific management courses, and be able to apply the knowledge to solve important practical problems.


Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 - Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

(3) CHE 46300 – Applications of ChE Principles
(3) CHE 54300 – Polymerization Reaction Engineering
(3) CHE 56200 – Industrial Organic Chemistry
(3) CHE 59700 – Industrial Catalytic Processes
(3) CHE 59700 – Industrial Chemical Technology
(3) CHE 66000 – Chemical Reaction Engineering
(3) CHE 66200 – Catalysis
(3) CHE 66600 – Methods in Catalysis
(3) CHE 69700 – Advanced Modeling for Catalysis
(3) CHM 64600 – Kinetics & Mechs of Inorganic Reactions
(3) CHM 64700 – Transition Metal and Organometallic Chem
(3) CHM 64200 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
(3) CHM 65100 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
(3) ME 50500 – Intermediate Heat Transfer
(3) MSE 52500 – Struct-Property Relations of Eng Polymers
(3) MSE 54700 – Introduction to Surface Science 

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 69700 – Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)