The second year of the Bachelor’s programme Chemical Science & Engineering is all about deepening and broadening the knowledge and skills you gained in the first year.
In module 5, you will learn how to design and study chemical processes. You will do this at a molecular level, where reaction kinetics and catalysis play an important role. At process level, you will get familiar with the most important process steps involved in making a desired product from different raw materials, such as petroleum, natural gas and biomass. For the Sustainable Industrial Chemistry project, together with your fellow classmates, you will study a process in detail. The challenge is to see if you can make it more sustainable and to assess its societal implications.
How can you apply the fundamental aspects and the basic equations for describing transport of impulse, mass and energy to situations in engineering and everyday life? This question is the starting point for this module. The ability to draft and (numerically) solve conservation laws (balances) is an essential skill for (chemical) technologists. In module 6 you will learn all about these subjects. In your modelling project, you will directly apply the knowledge you have gained, using experiments to verify the models and determine the unknown parameters.
Did you know that materials at nano-scale have very different properties than the same materials in larger dimensions? And that you can change the properties of materials by letting molecules organize themselves into larger units, such as on surfaces and nanoparticles? In this module, you will learn more about this. You will also study organic and bioorganic chemistry, nano chemistry and colloid chemistry. Your team project in this module will involve researching literature and participating in a workshop that brings these subjects together.
In the eighth module, the choice is yours! You can choose between two orientations: process technology or material science. These are also the two directions you can specialize in if you enter our Master's programme Chemical Engineering. If you want to complete this Master’s programme after your Bachelor’s degree, these modules are a step in the right direction.
A) PROCESS TECHNOLOGY: PROCESS DESIGN (DESIGNING)
In this elective module you will get started with reactor technology and separation techniques. For example, the core of a process is the reactor, where the raw material is converted into the desired product. Besides the desired product, the reactor may produce raw materials, by-products and (sometimes) solvents. This mixture has to be separated, so you can obtain the product and the raw materials at the desired purity level. In order to do this, you need to know all about separation steps and the different techniques used. In the project belonging to this module, you will apply all the knowledge you have gained.
B) MATERIAL SCIENCE: THE CHEMISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY OF MATERIALS
If you choose elective module 8B, you will familiarize yourself with the relationships between a material's basic properties and structure, and its functional application. After all, every device – whether it is an artificial hip or a pair of sunglasses – combines the properties of different materials to achieve a certain purpose. You will attend lectures on material synthesis and characterization, and then apply your knowledge practically, discussing the mechanical, thermal and dielectric properties of materials. In the second half of the module you will set to work on a project involving inorganic materials.