General overview of the Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering

The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering at UNICAMP

History and overview
The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering at UNICAMP was established in 1980, at the Master level, and in 1989, at the Doctorate level. The research and teaching activities comprehend a large field of application of Chemical Engineering Sciences and are organized in four Departments:

Development of Processes and Products (DDPP)
Bioprocesses and Materials Engineering (DEMBio)
Process Engineering (DEPro)
Chemical System Engineering (DESQ)

The academic staff comprises 48 members. At this moment, approximately 1000 Master and 500 PhDs students have graduated in the program.

Research areas
The scope of research ranges from fundamental engineering to the new frontiers of the discipline, covering the following basic areas:
  • Thermodynamics
  • Separation Processes
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Transport Phenomena, Particulate Systems and Porous Media
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Bioprocess and Bioresources Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Process Synthesis, Analysis and Optimization
  • Process Automation and Control
  • Chemical Engineering Education

  • Research facilities
    The current teaching and research activities of the Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering are located on 4,300 m2 of constructed area, including 1,750 m2 for more than 40 research laboratories, 200 m2 for computational facilities and the remaining 200 m2 graduate students study rooms by. In addition, a 110 m2 mechanical shop and a 60 m2 wood shop provide technical services in these areas.

    The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the art instruments to help ensure high quality of graduate training and research results. These facilities include analytical equipment such as several UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorescence spectrophotometer, micro titer plate readers, several electrophoresis units, viscosimeters, optical and scanning electron microscopes, thermal analyzers, porosimeters and chemisorption analyzers. A full range of chromatographic facilities (GPC, GC, HPLC, FPLC and CE) is available. Equipment for studying the principles of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, distillation, absorption, adsorption, drying and supercritical extraction are maintained in several laboratories. Biochemical and chemical reaction kinetics including heterogeneous catalysis and polymerization are studied on specially designed fermentors and reactors of different sizes and geometries, some of which work at high pressures and temperatures. Different apparatuses are available for the physicochemical characterization of chemical catalysts, polymers, biomolecules and colloids, including tensiometers, TGA and a photon correlation spectroscopy unit. Equipment for the study of on-line processes control is available, such as densitometers, thermocouples, pHmeters, refractometers, and similars.

    Extensive computational facilities are also provided, with over 40 workstations and 250 microcomputers. The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering also makes constant use of web resources as well as of the UNICAMP and of the High Performance Computation National Center (CENAPAD) computer systems.

    For literature searches, graduate students have access to the Engineering Library (BAE), where more than 27,000 different books and 700 bound journals are available, and to other sectional libraries. A number of databases are available on-line and on CD-ROM for search by users at no charge.

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