Overview

Chemical engineering impacts numerous areas of technology. Chemical engineers conceive and design processes to produce, transform and deliver new and necessary materials. They achieve this through experimenting in the lab and implementing technology at full scale production.

The chemical engineering discipline is of serious importance to many industries in the UAE and globally. Today's chemical engineers are leading new developments in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions. The multidisciplinary training of chemical engineers is vital to the development of any process that involves the chemical or physical transformation of matter.

The mission of the Chemical Engineering (CHE) Program at Masdar Institute is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and professional experience necessary for successful careers in industrial or academic roles that involve alternative energy and sustainable technologies.

The study and research that is part of this program create an educational environment that shapes engineering science and design through interfaces with all engineering disciplines. Graduates of the program will help address the technological needs of the global economy and human society while simultaneously learning to work collaboratively, conduct independent and multidisciplinary research, and communicate effectively.

Program Goals
The MSc in Chemical Engineering Program aims to produce post-graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following goals:

  • An ability to identify and address current and future chemical engineering problems related to energy sources, generation, conversion and green chemical production within a broader framework of sustainable development;
  • An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to chemical engineering problems in the field of energy and sustainability;
  • An understanding of the impact of solutions to chemical engineering problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and
  • An understanding of the value of technical and scientific research, service to society, leadership and lifelong learning required to further their career aspirations.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the CHE Master of Science Program, graduates are expected to be able to:  

  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex chemical engineering problems, particularly as they pertain to renewable energy and sustainability;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of chemical engineering to the analysis, design and development of chemical reactors, processes, unit operations and chemical plants to meet the desired needs of society, professionally and ethically;
  • Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for professional practice;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of chemical engineering to design and develop chemical reactors, unit operations and plant processes for effective renewable energy, sustainability and chemical production;
  • Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data;
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and thus to put forward the scientific findings at national- and international-levels successfully; and
  • Engage in lifelong learning and self-education.

Objectives & Curriculum

Academics
The academic curriculum of the Chemical Engineering Program is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of physical and chemical processes and how these processes relate to engineering design and synthesis.

The program’s core courses initially focus on advanced engineering fundamentals, covering topics in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical reactor engineering and numerical methods. Further offerings provide depth in essential chemical engineering topics such as systems engineering and process chemistry. These courses collectively provide students with the ability to shape and solve complex problems, such as translating molecular information into new products and processes.

Research
Chemical engineering research at Masdar Institute emphasizes energy and the environment by applying engineering fundamentals to solve the world’s most pressing issues in the development and production of sustainable fuels, improvements in energy efficiency, and mitigation of the environmental impacts of engineering processes.

 

Curriculum
Chemical Engineering Program students must undertake four program core courses to meet the requirements of their program. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • One elective from the CHE Program plus two elective courses from any program with the approval of the student’s advisor
  • One university core course titled Sustainable Energy: Technology, Policy, Economics
  • 24 credits of thesis work

Program Core courses

  • CHE501 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHE502 Analysis of Transport Phenomena
  • CHE503 Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • CHE505 Systems Engineering

 

Courses

CHE501 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics – 3 credits
This course gives an introduction to the elements of systems engineering. Special attention is devoted to those tools that help students structure and solve complex problems. Illustrative examples are drawn from a broad variety of chemical engineering topics, including product development and design, process development and design, experimental and theoretical analysis of physicochemical process, and analysis of process operations.
Prerequisites include undergraduate-level courses in chemical and biological engineering, thermodynamics, transport processes, chemical kinetics and reactor design.

CHE502 Analysis of Transport Phenomena – 3 credits
This course focuses on unified treatment of heat transfer, mass transfer, and fluid mechanics, emphasizing scaling concepts in formulating models and analytical methods for obtaining solutions. Topics include: conduction and diffusion, laminar flow regimes, convective heat and mass transfer, and simultaneous heat and mass transfer with chemical reaction or phase change.
Prerequisites include undergraduate-level courses in transport phenomena and mass and heat transfer courses.

CHE503 Chemical Reactor Engineering – 3 credits
This course examines the fundamentals of chemically reacting systems with emphasis on synthesis of chemical kinetics and transport phenomena. Topics include: the kinetics of gas, liquid and surface reactions; quantum chemistry; transition state theory; surface adsorption, diffusion and desorption processes; mechanism and kinetics of biological processes; and mechanism formulation and sensitivity analysis. Reactor topics include: non-ideal flow reactors, residence time distribution and dispersion models; multiphase reaction systems; and nonlinear reactor phenomena. Examples are drawn from different applications, including heterogeneous catalysis, polymerization, combustion, biochemical systems and materials processing.
Prerequisites include undergraduate-level courses in chemical and biological engineering, thermodynamics, transport processes, chemical kinetics and reactor design. 

CHE505 Systems Engineering – 3 credits
This course gives an introduction to the elements of systems engineering. Special attention is devoted to those tools that help students structure and solve complex problems. Illustrative examples are drawn from a broad variety of chemical engineering topics, including product development and design, process development and design, experimental and theoretical analysis of physicochemical process, and analysis of process operations.
Prerequisites include undergraduate-level courses in chemical and biological engineering, thermodynamics, transport processes, chemical kinetics and reactor design.

CHE520 Biochemistry for Engineers – 3 credits
This course studies the chemical and physical properties of the cell and its building blocks, structures of proteins and principles of catalysis and the chemistry of organic/inorganic cofactors required for chemical transformations within the cell. It also explores basic principles of metabolism and regulation in pathways, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis/degradation, pentose phosphate pathway, the Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation.
Prerequisites for this course include consent from the course instructor.

CHE600 Master Thesis in Chemical Engineering – Total 24 credits
The thesis gives students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to carry out and document a reasonably comprehensive project requiring considerable initiative, creative thought and a good deal of individual responsibility. The thesis may be a design project, an analytical paper, or experimental work of a technical nature. 

CHE601 Separation Processes for CO2 Capture Applications – 3 credits
This course covers the different separation processes for CO2 capture applications. The course will center on understanding the different CO2 removal options, the various processes and selection criteria, and the conceptual design of the CO2 separation. The current status of R&D activities and major lines of capture process development will also be discussed. Half of the course load will be focused on a design project, which will encourage team work, summarize the learning points of the course and will help students to apply their knowledge in process design and techno-economic evaluation. 
Prerequisites: one of the following courses: CHE501 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, CHE502 Analysis of Transport Phenomenon, or equivalent.

CHE602 Biorefinery Processes and Products – 3 credits
This course aims at qualifying students to apply previously acquired basic knowledge in microbiology and process engineering to the biological conversion of different kinds of biomass into biofuels and biochemicals. The main focus will be on the potential of, obstacles to, and possible solutions for, the technical implementation of bio-chemicals production from different biomass resources. Evaluation of the sustainability of different production schemes will also be addressed. Biorefinery design and evaluation will be part of the course using Super Pro Designer as a modeling tool. 
Prerequisites: CHE505 Systems Engineering and undergraduate-level courses in biochemistry and process engineering.


CHE607 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Engineering – 3 credits
This course aims at enhancing the understanding of molecular engineering techniques. In this course students will be exposed to the engineering of biological molecules and metabolic systems using the latest engineering techniques including, but not limited to, synthetic biology, directed DNA mutagenesis, phage display, short interfering RNA regulation, small molecule switches, post translational regulation engineering, metabolic pathway silencing, and expansion of genetic code. Experimental design and challenges in molecular engineering. Bioethics of molecular engineering. Design and present methodology to address selected molecular engineering challenge.
Prerequisites: CHE520 or equivalent

CHE609 Bioprocess Modelling and Engineering for Waste (Water) Treatment and Energy Production – 3 credits
This course covers in detail the physical, chemical and biological principles involved in microbial bioprocesses. The fundamentals of: (i) microbial physiology, metabolism, energetics, ecology and kinetics; (ii) bioreactor design, modeling, operation and optimization; and (iii) mathematical modeling and design of microbial bioreactors for wastewater treatment and biofuel production are also included. It will also explore current and relevant microbial waste treatment and bioenergy production processes including bio-gas, hydrogen, ethanol and diesel, among others. 

This new concentration within the CHE Program is tailored to provide a unique educational experience that will produce graduates with the technical, managerial and leadership skills needed for emerging high-tech industries. On meeting the requirements of this concentration, students will be conferred with the degree title: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice, reflected on their diploma. Graduates of this program will be expertly trained in communications, teamwork, group and time management, and in responding to technical issues.
Prerequisites: CHE503 Chemical Reactor Engineering or WEN506 Wastewater Treatment Engineering.

CHE611 Heterogeneous Catalysis – 3 credits
This course aims to study the principles of catalysis and connect them to applications. It is concerned with the study of all theoretical aspects of catalysis, beginning with adsorption, paying a particular attention to thermodynamics and kinetics of adsorption and the corresponding isotherms and isobars. Study on pore structure and surface area follow, with details on experimental determination of porosity and surface area, along with hysteresis cases. Infrared and thermo- gravimetric characterization of catalyst represent the final part of the course, which ends with a session of lab trainings on characterization of different catalyst samples. Applications are emphasized through extensive problem work relating to practical cases.
Prerequisites:  CHE501 and CHE502

CHE620 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sensing – 3 credits
Understanding of current molecular sensing techniques. Student will be exposed to different molecular sensing techniques including, but not limited to: light microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, analytical centrifugation, and dynamic light scattering. Challenges and opportunities for molecular sensing with different techniques.
Prerequisites:  CHE520 or equivalent

Practice Program

The MSc in Chemical Engineering Practice Program is based on the below core principles:

  • Rigorous instruction in the core fundamentals of engineering science and related business practices;
  • Exposure to industrial practice in different business sectors;
  • Experience in starting up and terminating team-oriented projects; and
  • The improvement of communication skills through oral presentations and the completion of fully-documented final reports.

Program Goals
The overall goals of the CHE Practice Program are to:

  • Provide a unique education and training program to educate the next generation of technical leaders in the industry;
  • Increase technical objectivity and sharpen graduates communication and supervisory skills; and
  • Shorten the ‘activation period’ for professional practice.

Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex chemical engineering problems and understand the impact of such solutions on sustainable development;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of chemical engineering to the analysis, design and development of chemical reactors, processes, unit operations and chemical plants to meet desired needs of society professionally and ethically;
  • Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for professional practice;
  • Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues and research challenges/ opportunities related to chemical engineering, and engage in life-long learning to keep abreast of such issues;
  • Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data; and
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and thus to put forward the scientific findings at national and international levels successfully.

Curriculum
Students must undertake four core program courses in order to meet the requirements of their program. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of the student’s advisor.
  • One university core course titled Sustainable Energy: Technology, Policy, Economics.
  • Two consecutive semesters and a summer session of course work at Masdar Institute. The summer session will be conducted in an accelerated executive course format. 
  • In lieu of a research thesis, the student’s academic program will be followed by two semesters of two team-driven projects at industrial sites (stations). Students are required to complete two project reports that detail the work undertaken during the two station assignments, and give an oral presentation to stakeholders and other interested parties on the project findings.

Program Core Courses

  • CHE501 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHE502 Analysis of Transport Phenomena
  • CHE503 Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • CHE505 Systems Engineering