Incorporating Pollution Control Concepts and Technologies into Chemical Engineering Curricula

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International Journal of Engineering Education


Awareness of pollution control aspects and understanding of unit operations involved in waste treatment technologies is necessary for today's graduating chemical engineers. These can be easily incorporated into the curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels. Introduction of a separate course on the subject is probably the best approach. When addition of new courses into the curriculum is not possible, courses in mass transfer or separations are the most suitable places to introduce pollution control principles. Courses in material and energy balances, reactor design and process design may also be modified to include environmental concepts. The addition of experiments into the unit operations laboratory that illustrate the environmental aspects can simultaneously expose the students to waste reduction methods and provide them with hands-on experience with the associated separation techniques. This paper details attempts to integrate this material into our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.