Chemical Engineering & Technology (M.E)

Program Overview

The nationally acknowledged Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering (M.Ch.E.) Program at Donghua University was established in 1978. It is currently administrated by the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCCEB). The M.Ch.E. program has a focus in applied research and is especially designed to provide excellent preparation for students who will be seeking employment in the industry.

ChE faculty have taken charge of over 100 research projects funded by the national and provincial ministries, which resulted in over 300 journal publications, almost 200 patent applications, and numerous awards for the advancement of science and technology. We maintain a high faculty/student ratio and operate an open-door policy for faculty offices whereby students are free to stop in to discuss their research, science, careers or life in general. Incoming students may choose to study in the three sub-disciplines of Applied Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Process Chemistry. The program has graduated over 400 master students and there are approximately 100 students currently enrolled.

ChE program has acquired an inventory of state-of-the-art research equipment and instrumentation including a Bruker Avance 400 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC/MS), an electrospray liquid chromatography/mass spectrometers (LC/MS), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometers, spectro-fluorimeters, UV/Vis spectrophotometers, rheometers, minimum temperature film forming bars and more.

Requirements and Objectives

Admission is in accordance with the general requirements of the graduate division. Students with a B.S. or B.E. in chemical engineering, chemistry, bioengineering or related disciplines are welcome to apply. Applicants are judged competitively based on the candidate’s background, qualifications, and goals.

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Master Program is to provide the next generation of chemical engineers with an excellent and innovative chemical engineering education. The primary goals are:

  • To prepare students for rapidly changing technological environments with the core principles of chemical engineering and analytical problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in diverse careers including chemical engineering practice and academic research.
  • To provide students with a strong technical education that will enable them to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering and computing tools necessary for practice in diverse fields as fine chemical engineering, functional polymers, biomaterials, greener technologies, natural product synthesis, and biosynthesis.
  • To instill in students a strong sense of humanistic values and professionalism such that they will have a sense of responsibility, be ethical in the conduct of their profession, they can conduct ethically and have an appreciation for the impact of their profession on society.

Graduates from the program may choose to pursue a doctorate degree in ChE or a career in research and development, production management and technical support.

Course requirements

All students must complete a total of 34 credits which must include 10 credits from the compulsory general education courses, 12 credits from the major compulsory courses, and 12 credits from the elective courses.

1. Main courses

(1) compulsory course(Total credits 12)

(a) Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control(3 credits)

Course Description: The main contents of this course are: 1) understand a series of important organic reactions and carbon-carbon formation, 2) understand the basic theory of retrosynthesis and the basic principle of its application on the synthesis of a complicated molecule.

Prerequisites: A basic background in organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry is required.

(b) Organometallic Chemistry(3 credits)

Course Description: The major contents of this course are: 1) understand the basic principles of electronics, structure, and bonding in inorganic and organometallic complexes; 2) understand elementary organometallic steps in the context of catalysis; 3) design organometallic catalysts for important organic transformations; 4) explore use of organometallic complexes in other fields like medicine. Prerequisites: A basic background in organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry is required. Some background in physical chemistry is helpful, but not required.

(c) Biochemistry(3 credits)

Course Description: This course is designed for beginning graduate students in Chemical Engineering and Technology. The main contents of this course include: 1) biosynthesis, structure, and function of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, and survey of modern biochemical techniques; 2) regulation of gene expression and metabolic control mechanisms; 3) membrane biochemistry and signal transduction mechanisms.

Prerequisites: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, or consent of instructor.

(d) Advanced Organic Lab Experiments(3 credits)

Course Description: This course concerns the application of the tools of chemistry to the synthesis of organic molecules, the separation of mixtures of organic compounds, and the subsequent identification of these compounds. It focuses on discovery-based learning, i.e. the concept that learning comes as you solve various organic chemistry puzzles. In the laboratory, students should run 6-8 synthetic experiments. In some cases, there will not be provided with the structures of the products. As for the products with unknown structures, students must determine by the interpretation of infrared, NMR, and mass spectral data. Each of the basic experiments requires a written report, formatted in the style of papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

(2) optional course(Total credits 12)

(a) Bio-medical Materials(3 credits)

Course Description: The major contents of this course are: 1) to understand the basic knowledge about inorganic and organic biomaterials; 2) to understand the process of functionalization of biomaterials and biocomposite materials; 3) to grasp the knowledge of the design of biocompatibility tests of biomaterials for different biomedical applications; and 4) to have knowledge of the use of bio-medical materials and nanomaterials in the fields of tissue engineering, drug delivery, medical diagnosis, and therapy.

Prerequisites: A basic background in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, life sciences, biomedical engineering or bioengineering is required.

(b) Green Chemistry(3 credits)

Course Description: The course introduced the key concepts of green chemistry such as renewable resources, atom economy, biodegradability and life cycle assessment as well as the 12 principles of green chemistry. The tools of green chemistry including the use of alternative feedstocks or starting materials, reagents, solvents, target molecules, and catalysts will be covered. Particular attention is focused on the application of innovative technology in the development of "greener" routes to improve industrial processes and to produce important green consumer products.

Prerequisites: The students are expected but not required to have some basic knowledge of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

(c) Textile Chemistry(3 credits)

Course Description: This course focuses on the dyestuff, auxiliary, dyeing printing and finishing theory and technology. It also includes the knowledge of fibers, both natural and synthetic. The dyeing and finishing aspects of textile chemistry require an understanding of both organic chemistry and surface chemistry. Textile chemistry also includes the application of the principles of surface chemistry to processes, such as dyeing and finishing.

(d) Advanced materials science and engineering(3 credits)

Course Description: Nanomaterials science and application is novel research area that attracts people's attention. Nanomaterials will create significant economic benefits and greatly have a positive impact on the development of human society. This course will highlight the preparation principles and technical processes of nanomaterials and introduce the practical applications and the future development trends.

(f) Surfactant Chemistry(3 credits)

Course Description: The content of this course focuses on the principle of physical chemistry and application for surfactants. It concerns the selecting and molecular designing for some special surfactants in a particular situation. Many application and research examples would be mentioned.

Prerequisites: The students are expected but not required to have some basic knowledge of organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

2. Research orientation

(1) Fine chemical engineering: research based on the development of novel textile chemicals, aerospace chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates employing the principles of green chemistry.

(2) Fermentation engineering and textile biotechnology: an interdisciplinary research area with the focus on microbial fermentation, enzyme engineering and the application of biotechnology in textile processing.

(3) Textile chemical engineering: A discipline based on the traditional textile dyeing and finishing extended and enriched with inputs from related disciplines of material science, environmental engineering and applied chemistry.

(4) Functional polymers and nanotechnology: An emerging new field aiming at fulfilling the growing demand for new medical-textiles and functional textiles. Specific areas include biomedical materials, functional microcapsules, and nano hydrogels.

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Program taught in:
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