The main courses Dr. Zhang Newby teaches include: Process Economics, Mass Transfer Operations, Chemical Engineering Laboratory (or Unit Operational Lab), graduate level Transport Phenomena, Surface Science in Chemical Engineering, and Surface and Interface Characterization.†
4200:341 Process Economics:
This is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate junior level core course.† This course includes a brief review on sizing of chemical processing equipment, and then emphases on costing of equipment and chemical processes, and finally the economics analysis (e.g. time-value of money, break-even-analysis, sensitivity analysis and profit analysis) on building both small and large scale chemical processes.† Decision making and introduction to project management is also briefly covered.
4200:353 Mass Transfer Operations (MTO)
This is one of the most important Chemical Engineering undergraduate core courses, it is taught in the junior level the semester prior to students taking on the co-op assignments.† The course details theory and design, mainly sizing, of staged operations associated with mass transfer and purification of chemical compounds.† The operations include absorption, distillation (both binary and multi-components), extraction/leaching, membrane separation and crystallization.†††
4200:360 Chemical engineering Laboratory
This is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate junior level core course that involves comprehensive experiments associated with heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics.† Students are required to apply their course work knowledge (i.e. theories) to explain their experimental observations, in turn, the experiments re-enforce studentsí understanding on these course work knowledge (i.e. theories).† The students are required to acquire skills on data collection and data analysis, and to deliver comprehensive technical reports in various formats.†
4200:600 Transport Phenomena
This is a Chemical Engineering graduate level core course.† The course deals with conservation of momentum, energy and mass transfer processes at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels.† Both steady state (i.e. shell balances) and unsteady state processes are involved.† After applying the conservation principles to set up the mathematical equations (e.g. ordinary or† partial differential equations, ODEs or PDEs) and determining the suitable boundary conditions, the students are required to apply advance mathematical skills for solving the differential equations.
4200:621 Surface science in chemical engineering
This is a Chemical Engineering graduate level elective course emphasizing on the fundamentals of surface science, the basic approaches of surface modification, and the governing principles behind various surface characterization techniques.†
4200:496/696 Surface and Interface Characterization:†
†††† This is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate/graduate level elective course. It focuses on the microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for characterizing surfaces and interfaces.† In addition to lectures, the course also provides hand-on experiments on using some simple equipment (optical microscope, contact angle goniometer, and Fourier Transform Infra-Red) for basic surface/interface characterizations.†
4200:496/696: Exploring micro/nano technology through Characterization
†††† This is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate/graduate level elective course. It focuses on the microscopy techniques for characterizing surfaces.† In addition to lectures, the course also provides hand-on experiments on using microscopy equipment (optical microscope, atomic force microscope, and scanning-electron microscope) for basic surface characterizations.
Research Lab for Surface Modification and Materials