During the second year you will continue to acquire further knowledge and skills. As in the first year, you will carry out a team project linked to each module's theme.
During the fifth module the focus is on designing and studying chemical processes. Not only will you do this at a molecular level, where reaction kinetics and catalysis are important subjects, but also at process level. At process level, you will outline the most important process steps needed to make a desired product from different raw materials, such as crude oil, natural gas or biomass. In your Sustainable Industrial Chemistry team project, you will study a process in detail and see if you can make it more sustainable and also consider the social implications.
Throughout this module you will learn how the fundamental aspects and the basic equations for describing transport of impulse, mass and energy can be applied to situations in engineering and everyday life. The ability to draft and (numerically) solve conservation laws (balances) is a core skill for (chemical) engineers. In your modelling project you will directly apply the knowledge you have gained. With the help of experiments, you will verify the models and determine the unknown parameters within the model.
Understanding, designing and carrying out molecular and molecular-inspired systems is central to the seventh module. For example, did you know that through chemical reactions molecules can be transformed into new molecules with new functionalities? And that you can change the properties of materials by bringing molecules together in larger units, such as on surfaces and nanoparticles?
On top of that, you will learn more about organic and bioorganic chemistry, nanochemistry and colloid chemistry. The project in this module centres on researching literature and conducting a practical assignment that brings all these subjects together.
For the eighth module you can choose between process technology and material science. These are also the two directions in which you can specialize in the directly related Master's degree in Chemical Engineering.
a) Process technology: Process design (designing)
In this elective module you get started with reactor technology and separation techniques. In order to design a process, you have to know everything about its basic operations. For example, the core of a process is the reactor. In the reactor the raw material is converted into the desired product, with a certain conversion and selectivity. The reactor does not just produce the desired product, but also raw materials, by-products and (sometimes) solvents. This mixture has to be separated, so that you can obtain products and the raw materials with the desired purity. This means you must also know all about separation steps based on different techniques. This module covers all of these topics. Again, you get to apply all the knowledge you have gained in a project.
b) Materials science: The chemistry and technology of materials
The purpose of this elective module is to familiarize you with the relationships between a material's basic properties 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. In this module you will attend lectures on material synthesis and characterization, and put the theory in practice. You will discuss the mechanical, thermal and dielectric properties of materials. And in the second half of the module you will set to work on a project on inorganic chemistry.
The third and final year of the Bachelor's programme in Chemical Engineering revolves around free choice components and your Bachelor's thesis.