The Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University offers a senior level course called Process Design (CHME 4703), which is mandatory for all students before they graduate. This semester long course provides valuable experience for our undergraduate students and is one of the most challenging, exciting, and successful programs on campus. A number of alumni, faculty, industrial partners, research institutions, business schools in connection to the entrepreneurship program, as well as many other internal and external sources are involved with this course.

The main objective of this course is to provide a multidisciplinary experience, integrating knowledge from the core, intermediate, and advanced courses in chemical engineering. The capstone design course is the culmination of the entire chemical engineering curriculum. The course intends to give students experience in finding a satisfactory solution for an open-ended problem of the students choosing, which has more than one solution. The design project is carried out in engineering teams of the students' choosing. A project involving each team gives valuable experience in planning, division of work, and maintaining individual accountability within a framework of group success.

Example projects include sustainability, alternative energy, carbon-based energy, flexible electronics, nanomaterial synthesis, biomaterials, pharmaceutical development, and many many others even those which students can develop themselves. Students incorporate a manufacturing process, process controls, safety, ethics, and a business plan among many other items into their design project. Northeastern Chemical Engineering has a strong history of winning national design competitions based on the rigor of their projects. An example of some of these projects appear below.

Videos of Former Capstone Presentations


A Disposable Microfluidic Paper Based Device for Rapid, Portable Allergen Testing

‘Captura PlastX

Magnetite Nanoparticle Production through Biomineralization

Designing the Future of Plastic: Building a Large Scale PLA Production Facility

A Novel Approach to Large Scale HIV Vaccine Production

Production of Industrial Lubricants from Biological Sources

Hydrodynamic Cavitation At Night Shift Brewing

Chocolate Recycling via Flavor Extraction

Brew Smart Co.

Designing a Fertilizer Pelleting Plant Fed with Biosolids and Food Waste in the Hidalgo State, Mexico

Multiphase Hydrogenation in Batch and Continuous Processing

Protein Isolation via Aqueous Two-Phase Extractions from Farmed Insect

Multilayered Nanoparticle Drug Delivery

Scale-up of siRNA and Polymeric Nanoparticles for Lung Cancer Treatment

Large-Scale Production of Recombinant Spider Silk Protein Using Transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana for Biomedical Applications

Extraction and Purification of Cannabinoids using Supercritical CO2

Algal Dairy Wastewater Treatment

NanoMacro: in situ immuno-oncology

Synthesis and Production of Resveratrol on an Industrial Scale

Quad A Technologies: Pilot Project – Microbial Fuel Cell to Power LED Light Bulb

TwentyOne Solar: Commercializing Flexible Perovskite Photovoltaics

PhosX: Hybrid Phosphorus Removal Solutions for Stormwater Runoff

Hyaluronic Acid Production Using Microalgae

Nanoparticles as Drug Delivery Systems

System for Anaerobic Digestion of Supermarket Food Waste

Development and Production of a Polymer Coating to Protect Stone Structures and Architecture

Large-Scale Biogas Production in Massachusetts

Sanguicer: Development of an In-Vitro Co-culture Device to Model Various Aspects of the Blood-Brain Barrier

Modular Solar Thermal Desalination

Implementation of Coal Gasification Plant in China


Videos from prior years: 2017, 2016, 2014