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
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