Laboratories & Equipment
Most of the equipment that is installed in the chemical engineering laboratory is on the scale of pilot plant equipment. Because much of the equipment is made of glass, students are able to see at a glance what processes occur and where the streams are flowing.
The department has a two-story distillation column, a gas absorber, two types of evaporators, a two-stage chemical reactor, a catalytic reactor, liquid extraction equipment, membrane based gas separation, an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system, a multiple column micro gas chromatograph, process control lab, and supporting analytical equipment such as gas chromatographs. All of this equipment is used by undergraduate students.
The laboratory facilities for materials science and engineering include: state of the art magnetic and thin film, electrical and optical materials characterization, semiconductor processes including thin film sputtering and deposition, inductively coupled plasma processing, electron cyclotron resonance plasma dry etching, chemical mechanical planarization, mechanical alloying, vacuum arc furnaces, combustion synthesis, clean room, electron beam lithography, ion beam technology, electrochemistry, computer chip and biochip design, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanomaterials, nanodevices and other state of the art technologies including optical and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, focused ion beam, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis, etc. These laboratories provide an understanding of nano scale technology, magnetic, electronic, bioactive, ceramic, polymeric, metallic and intermetallic materials.