Carnegie Mellon University

Industrial Chemical Technology

This is a truly unique course taught by Dr. Jeffrey Siirola, a
leader and pioneer in chemical engineering. The course was first
offered at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 while Dr. Siirola was
the Distinguished Professor in Energy Systems. He is currently
Professor of Engineering Practice at Purdue University

The course, which was primarily aimed at junior students of Chemical
Engineering and Public Policy, was extremely well received as it
provides a comprehensive view on the evolution of the chemical industry,
emphasizing major technology changes and sustainability issues.

Course description:

This course surveys key sectors of the chemical processing industries
and discusses the structure of the industry and the historical
development and evolution of the technologies which have shaped them and
the common flowsheet elements which have proven to be commercially
successful. Examples are drawn from a range of industry sectors,
production scales, chemistries, and enabling technologies. The industry
is examined in light of factors which have most influenced its
development including raw materials of choice, energy availability, and
the development of new unit operations, as well as those which will
influence its future course including advances in science and
technology, environmental impact minimization, water availability, and
sustainability concerns.


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