Code: CHEM3043

Credits: 60 + 45 ECTS cr

Professor in charge: Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen

The Chemical and Process Engineering major is based on a multi-scale perspective to underlying physical and chemical phenomena in chemical processes. It starts with molecular level origins of relevant phenomena, explains how processing unit level models and design practices emerge from them, and further considers integrated chemical plants and ultimately societal level effects. The emphasis is to educate engineers with a deep perspective on how natural sciences are applied with best engineering practices in chemical process industries, fuel refineries and urban mining. The graduates of this major are capable of acting as chemical processing and reaction engineering experts in various industrial fields and can design feasible and sustainable chemical processes with the help of modern tools.

Learning outcomes

Core scientific and engineering knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of transport phenomena (heat, mass and momentum transfer) in single and multiphase systems, and general knowledge of their molecular origin. Knowledge of mutual interactions of the relevant transport phenomena in chemical processes, and how processes should be designed to meet desired production capacity requirements and to ensure sustainable, energy and cost efficient processes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of chemical kinetics and catalysis in various fields related to chemical process industries, such as in oil refining and petrochemicals, polymer reaction technology and biomaterial conversions. A general knowledge in the related fields, such as biocatalysis and metals production.
  • Knowledge about applied thermodynamics, phase equilibrium and physical property calculations, and their relation to conversion and separation process design.
  • Understand process dynamics, design process control, monitoring and automation systems and understand their connection to process design and integration.
  • Understand societal, economical, and environmental effects of process and plant design decisions and responsibilities related to Chemical Engineering discipline.

Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):

  • Evaluate and develop chemical reaction engineering and separation process performances, operate them safely and in a controlled manner. Assess connection between various processing steps from a chemical production point of view.
  • Model, analyze, design, and optimize chemical processes with the help of modern tools.
  • Act as a chemical engineering expert in multidisciplinary groups of experts designing economically feasible, safe and environmentally friendly chemical plants.

Courses


Table 1. Common compulsory courses (45 cr)

CodeNameCreditsPeriod/year
CHEM-E0100Academic Learning Community45IV / 1st


Table 2. Compulsory courses (35 cr)

CodeNameCreditsPeriod/year
CHEM-E7100Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I5I / 1st

CHEM-E7120

Laboratory Project in Chemical Engineering

5

IIIV / 1st

CHEM-E7130

Process Modeling

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7140

Process Automation

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E7150

Reaction Engineering

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7170

Design Project in Chemical Engineering, part A

5

IVV / 1st

CHEM-E7180

Design Project in Chemical Engineering, part B

5

I-II / 2nd


Table 3. Specialisation courses (25 cr), choose five courses. Recommended "blocks":

CodeNameCreditsPeriod/year
Chemical Engineering:

CHEM-E7110

Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II5

II / 1st

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

III or IIIV / 1st

CHEM-E7160

Fluid Flow in Process Units5

IVV / 1st

Reaction Engineering:

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

III or IIIV / 1st

CHEM-E7135

Reactor Design

5

IIIIV / 1st or 2nd

CHEM-E1130

Catalysis

5

IIIIV / 1st or 2nd

Polymer Engineering:

CHEM-E7115

Experimental Assignments in Chemical Engineering

5

III or IIIV / 1st

CHEM-E2130Polymer Properties5II / 1st

CHEM-E2145

Polymer Reaction Engineering

5

IIIV / 1st

Plant Design:
CHEM-E7105Process Development5II / 1st
CHEM-E7175Process Safety and Sustainability5III / 1st
CHEM-E7185Plant/Process Design and Business Management5IIIV / 1st or 2nd
Process Systems Engineering:
CHEM-E7155Production Planning and Control5II / 1st
CHEM-E7165Advanced Process Control Methods5III / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E7195

Automation Systems in Context of Process Systems Engineering

5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd


For the elective studies to accompany the major, it is highly recommended to take programming and computer science courses, especially for students specializing in process systems engineering.

CodeNameCreditsPeriod/year
CS-A1111Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Y1 (in Finnish)5

III / 1st or 2nd

CS-A1121Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Y2 (in Finnish, prerequisite: Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Y1)5

IIIV / 1st or 2nd

CS-A1141Tietorakenteet ja algoritmit Y (in Finnish, prerequisite: CS-A1111 Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Y1)5

III / 1st or 2nd

CS-A1150Tietokannat (in Finnish, prerequisite: CS-A1111 Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Y1)5

III / 1st or 2nd

ELEC-A7150C++ Programming5III / 2nd
ELEC-C1220Automation 25IIIV / 2nd


For the elective studies to accompany the major, it is highly recommended to take CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for biomass refining, especially for students specializing in reaction engineering.

CodeNameCreditsPeriod/year
CHEM-E1140Catalysis for biomass refining5

IVV / 1st or 2nd

Recommendations for minor

The following minors given in Aalto University are recommended:

  • Biomass Refining
  • Chemistry
  • Sustainable Metals Processing