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, which consists of  10 videos for approximately 28 hours, 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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Lecture 10