2017 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Unit Operation)

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Seki Hiroya  Waki Keiko 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course introduces unit operations used in reaction and separation processes in standard chemical processing plants.
[Aim of the course] The aim of this course is to acquire basic knowledge about unit operations which is essential to understanding how chemical processes are structured, designed, and operated. For students at the other graduate majors, this course provides an opportunity to learn about researches in the field of Chemical Engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, the students will be able to :
1) understand reaction engineering and solve basic problems related to it.
2) understand separation engineering and acquire basic knowledge about the unit operations such as distillation, extraction, crystallization, absorption, membrane separation.


Chemical engineering, Unit operation, Reaction engineering, Separation engineering, Distillation, Extraction, Crystallization, Membrane separation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In every class, students are given exercises related to the lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(1): reaction stoichiometry and reaction rate Understand reaction stoichiometry and reaction rate.
Class 2 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(2): homogeneous reaction system and its equipment Understand homogeneous reaction system and its equipment
Class 3 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(3): heterogeneous reaction system and its equipment Understand heterogeneous reaction system and its equipment
Class 4 Equilibrium separation (1): Phase equilibrium Understand phase equilibrium and separation based on it.
Class 5 Equilibrium separation (2): Distillation Understand distillation processes
Class 6 Equilibrium separation (3): Extraction and crystallization Understand extraction and crystallization processes
Class 7 Separation operation (1): Absorption Understand absorption processes
Class 8 Separation operation (2): Membrane separation Understand membrane separation processes


Edited by The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan, "Fundamental and Practice of Chemical Engineering for Engineers", Agne-shofu-sha ISBN-13:978-4900508569 (in Japanese)

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Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be accessed on their understanding of the lecture by exercises in each class (50%) and exams (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I407 : Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Basics)
  • CAP.C421 : Advanced Energy Transfer Operation
  • CAP.C441 : Transport Phenomena and Operation
  • CAP.I537 : Systematic Material Design Methodology

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Basics) (CAP.I407)

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