Spring 2023 - SEE 475 D100

Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering (3)

Carbon Capture Engineering

Class Number: 6459

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the undergraduate curriculum chair.



Special topics in sustainable energy engineering. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic.


SEE 475 "Carbon Capture Engineering"

Many sustainable energy engineering processes involve chemical reactions and applied concepts in chemistry. This course presents the philosophy and procedures of chemical engineering and process design as applied to sustainable energy systems with a particular focus on designing the next generation of carbon capture systems. The course is covered in two modules:

Module 1: Fundamentals of Process Engineering: Mass and energy balances are reviewed along with the design of single unit operations and equipment specification sheets. Basics of simple reactor design and performance, with emphasis on unifying the concepts in kinetics, thermodynamics and transport phenomena are covered. Topics include flow and residence time distributions in various reactor types as well as the influence of transport properties (bulk and interphase) on kinetics and reactor performance. Applications of aqueous chemical processing to mineral and environmental engineering will be discussed. 

Module 2: Applications of Process Engineering: Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs) and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) are introduced. Typical utility systems such as steam, air and vacuum are discussed. The application of these concepts in designing the next generation of CO2 capture and conversion systems will be discussed. Each module will address recent scientific developments and include guest lectures where specific topics relevant to the chemical industry will be discussed.




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