Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degrees. Graduate study at UPRM offers you the opportunity to do important, leading-edge research in any of a broad range of innovative areas; to work with our world-renowned faculty, each a leader in his or her chosen specialty; and to take advantage of the extensive resources within the department, throughout the UPRM, and in the intellectually and culturally rich Mayagüez area.

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate Studies Office, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering or its equivalent is required.

Academic graduation requirements for the Graduate Programs in Chemical Engineering above those established by the Graduate Studies Office include taking the following four courses: Advanced Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, Reactor Design, and Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering. Students in the Master of Science program are required to carry out a research project and write their corresponding report. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program are required to pass a written qualifying exam and prepare a doctoral dissertation. The doctoral dissertation must be an original contribution to the state of the art in the field of study.

Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering spans the spectrum from fundamental work on chemical engineering science to applications development. Research projects broadly falls in four categories:
  • Bioprocess and Biomedical Engineering - enzymatic reactor design for production of ethanol from starches, modeling of chromatographic separations, hydrogel-based biomedical technologies, biodegradable polymeric drug-delivery materials, hybrid artificial organs, purification of wastewaters for space exploration applications, etc.
  • Environmental Engineering and renewable Energy - airborne pollutant dispersion modeling, characterization of PEM fuel cells, biodiesel processing and implementation, production of alternative fuels from biomass, etc.
  • Nanostructured Materials Synthesis and Applications - semiconductor nanoparticles with enhanced catalytic properties, metallic nanoparticles and quantum dots for opto electronic and sensing applications, magnetic nanoparticles for sensing and cancer treatment, supercritical fluid tuning of block copolymer properties, nanoporous materials for specialty separations, etc.
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering - modeling and control of fluidized beds, supercritical fluid processing of pharmaceutical intermediates, mixing in pharmaceutical formulations, etc.
Other research in traditional chemical engineering disciplines is also represented in the department.