Graduate CENG Courses

For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2011–12, please contact the department for more information.


All students enrolled in CENG courses or admitted to the CENG program are expected to meet prerequisite and performance standards, i.e., students may not enroll in any CENG courses or courses in another department which are required for the major prior to having satisfied prerequisite courses with a C– or better. (The program does not consider D or F grades as adequate preparation for subsequent material.) Additional details are given under the program outline, course descriptions, and admission procedures for the Jacobs School of Engineering in the General catalog.


CENG 205. Graduate Seminar in Chemical Engineering (1) Each graduate student in CENG is expected to attend at least three seminars per quarter, of his or her choice, dealing with current topics in chemical engineering. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: None.

CENG 207. Nanomedicine (4) Introduction to nanomedicine; diffusion and drug dispersion; diffusion in biological systems; drug permeation through biological barriers; drug transport by fluid motion; pharmacokinetics of drug distribution; drug delivery systems; nanomedicine in practice: cancers, cardiovascular diseases, immune diseases, and skin diseases. Prerequisites: None.

CENG 208. Nanofabrication (4) Basic engineering principles of nanofabrication. Topics include: photo-, electron beam and nanoimprint lithography, block copolymers and self-assembled monolayers, colloidal assembly, biological nanofabrication.Prerequisites: None.

CENG 210A. Fluid Mechanics I (4) (Cross-listed with MAE 210A.) Basic conservation laws, flow kinematics. The Navier-Stokes equations and some of its exact solutions, non-dimensional parameters and different flow regimes, vorticity dynamics. Prerequisites:MAE 101A-B and MAE 110A or consent of instructor.

CENG 211. Introduction to NanoEngineering (4) (Cross-listed with NANO 201) Understanding nanotechnology, broad implications,miniaturization: scaling laws; nanoscale physics; types and properties of nanomaterials; nanomechanical oscillators, nano(bio)electronics, nanoscale heat transfer; fluids at nanoscale; machinery cell; applications of nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology. Prerequisites: None. (If you are a NE undergraduate student, you must take NANO 101 since this is a core course in your curriculum. NANO 101 cannot be replaced with CENG 211/ NANO 201).

CENG 212. Intermolecular and Surface Forces (4) Development of quantitative understanding of the different intermolecular forces between atoms and molecules and how these forces give rise to interesting phenomena at the nanoscale, such as flocculation, wetting, self-assembly in biological (natural) and synthetic systems. Prerequisites: None.

CENG 213. Nanoscale Synthesis & Characterization (4) Examination of nanoscale synthesis – top-down and bottom-up; physical deposition; chemical vapor deposition; plasma processes; sol-gel processing; soft-lithography; self-assembly & layer-by-layer; molecular synthesis. Nanoscale characterization; microscopy (optical and electron: SEM, TEM); scanning probe microscopes (SEM, AFM); profilometry; reflectometry & ellipsometry; x-ray diffraction; spectroscopies (EDX, SIMS, Mass spec, Raman, XPS); particle size analysis; electrical, optical, magnetic, mechanical, thermal. Prerequisites: None.

CENG 214. Nanoscale Physics & Modeling (4) Expanded mathematical analysis of topics introduced in CENG 212. Introduction of both analytical and numerical methods through application to problems in nanoengineering. Nanoscale systems of interest include colloidal systems, block-copolymer based self-assembled materials, molecular motors made out of DNA, RNA, or proteins etc. Nanoscale phenomena including self-assembly at the nanoscale, phase separation within confined spaces, diffusion through nanopores and nanoslits etc. Modeling techniques include quantum mechanics, diffusion and kinetics theories, molecular dynamics etc. Prerequisites: CENG 212 or consent of the instructor.

CENG 215. Nanosystems Integration (4) Discussion of scaling issues and how to carry out the effective hierarchical assembly of diverse molecular and nanoscale components into higher order structures which retain the desired electronic/photonic, structural, mechanical or catalytic properties at the microscale and macroscale levels. Novel ways to combine the best aspects of both top-down and bottom-up processes to create a totally unique paradigm change for the integration of heterogeneous molecules and nanocomponents into higher order structures. Prerequisites: None.

CENG 221A. Heat Transfer (4)  (Cross-listed with MAE 221A.) Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer development of energy conservation equations. Analytical and numerical solutions to heat transport problems. Specific topics and applications vary.Prerequisites: MAE 101A-B-C or CENG 101A-B-C or consent of instructor.

CENG 221B. Mass Transfer (4)  (Cross-listed with MAE 221B.) Fundamentals of diffusive and convective mass transfer and mass transfer with chemical reaction. Development of mass conservation equations. Analytical and numerical solutions to mass transport problems. Specific topics and applications will vary. Prerequisites: MAE 101A-B-C or CENG 101A-B-C or consent of instructor.

CENG 230. Synchotron Characterization of Nano-Materials (4)  Advanced topics in characterizing nano-materials using synchrotron x-ray sources. Introduction to synchrotron sources, x-ray interaction with matter, spectroscopic determination of electronic properties of nano-magnetic, structural determination using scattering techniques and x-ray imaging techniques. Prerequisites: None

CENG 251. Thermodynamics (4) Principles of thermodynamics of single and multi-component systems. Phase equilibria. Estimation, calculation, and correlation of properties of liquids and gases. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 252. Chemical Reaction Engineering (4) Analysis of chemical rate processes; complex kinetic systems. Chemical reactor properties in steady state and transient operations; optimal design policies. The interaction of chemical and physical transport processes in affecting reactor design and operating characteristics. Uniqueness/multiplicity and stability in reactor systems. Applications of the heterogeneous reactor systems. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 253. Heterogeneous Catalysis (4) Physics and chemistry of heterogeneous catalysis. Adsorption/desorption kinetics, chemical bonding, isotherms, kinetic models, selection of catalysts, poisoning, experimental techniques. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 254. Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals (4) Introduction to microbiology as relevant to the main topic, biological reactor analysis. Fermentation and enzyme technology. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 255. Electrochemistry (4) (Cross-listed with NANO 255 and CHEM 240) Fundamentals of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. Structure of the double layer, cell potential and electrochemical thermodynamics, charge transfer kinetics, electrochemical transport phenomena, and introduction to colloidal chemistry. Applications such as corrosion prevention, electroplating, reactor design, batteries and fuel cells. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 256. Biomaterials and Biomimetics (4) ​(Cross-listed with NANO 252) Fundamentals of Materials Science as applied to bioengineering design. Hierarchical structures. Cells and tissues. Natural and synthetic polymeric materials. Biomineralized materials. Biological composites. Cellular materials (foams). Functional biological materials. Biomaterials and implants. Bioinspired design and materials. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 257. Process Technology in the Semiconductor Industry (4)  Brief introduction to solid-state materials and devices. Crystal growth and purification. Thin film technology. Application of chemical processing to the manufacture of semiconductor devices. Topics to be covered: Physics of solids, unit operations of solid state materials (bulk crystal growth, oxidation, vacuum science, chemical and physical vapor deposition, epitaxy, doping, etching). Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 259. Seminar in Chemical Engineering (4) Presentations on research progress by graduate students and by visitors from industrial and academic research laboratories. (May be repeated for credit. S/U grades only). Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 296. Independent Study in Chemical Engineering (4) Independent reading or research on a problem as arranged by a faculty member. Must be taken for a letter grade only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

CENG 299. Graduate Research in Chemical Engineering (1-12) S/U grades only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CENG 501. Teaching Experience (2) Teaching experience in an appropriate CENG undergraduate course under the direction of the faculty member in charge of the course. Lecturing one hour per week in either a problem-solving section or regular lecture.Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and departmental stamp. (S/U grades only.)