Master of Engineering in Particle Technology
Faculty members James Michaels (from left) and Bert Diemer with students in the new particle technology master’s degree program, September 2014
The majority of products produced in the chemical process industries either include particles or are made through the agency of particles. Despite the ubiquity of particles and particle processes, undergraduate engineering programs typically fail to address the unique issues introduced by the particle phase. By design, this program provides this important skill set and knowledge base, valued by industry but generally unavailable in one place or with such singular focus.
Particle technology spans multiple length scales and requires knowledge and skills that cut across the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Interactions at the molecular length scale result in material properties at the particle length scale which in turn impact performance of processing units or particle-based products at the macroscopic length scale. Training in this field will enable students to communicate and collaborate across the chemical, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines as well as with chemists, physicists and materials scientists.
The program is built around the fundamentals of particle process engineering and particle-based product design and engineering. In addition to rigorous and comprehensive course work in rate processes, transport, characterization, separations, and product engineering, the program's capstone element is an industrial internship enabling the student to exit the program with practical, demonstrated particle technology expertise. The program is designed to be completed in one year. It requires completion of 30 credits, of which 24 are in courses taught on the UD campus in Newark, DE. Eighteen credits are encompassed by core courses that cover the key concepts of particle technology:
- CHEG670 Rate Processes and Kinetics for Particle Systems
- CHEG671 Particle Transport in Fluids and Powders
- CHEG672 Mathematics for Particulate Systems
- CHEG673 Particle Characterization and Measurement
- CHEG674 Particle-Fluid and Particle-Particle Separation and Classification
- CHEG675 Particle-Based Product Engineering & Economics
Four of these courses are taught in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. In addition, students take six credits in the form of relevant approved electives. The capstone is the industrial internship (6 credits), which is performed at one of a number of participating companies.
The program is administered by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the courses are taught by department faculty, including Professors of Practice with many years of industrial experience working in particle technology.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. This degree may be in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemistry, materials science or physics disciplines. The following materials are required to be included with the application: recent GRE scores (but subject test not required), three letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor), a resumé outlining academic and work experience, and a statement of purpose. In addition, international applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency (a recent TOEFL or IELTS score) if English is not their first language.