Principles of Molecular Engineering

ChemE 457







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ChemE 457 – Molecular Eng.- Spring 2018

Course Instructor: René M. Overney

245 Benson, 206-543-4353, E-mail the instructor


Teaching Assistants:

Brittney Hellner, Benson 109, E-mail TA

Ian Faulkner, Benson 109, E-mail TA


Lectures/Recitations:  JHN 175

Lecture:     M: 8:30 – 10:20; W: 9:30 – 10:20

Recitation: F: 9: 30 – 10:20

Exams    (see schedule details below)


Office Hours:


Overney  (BNS 245):        Wed 11:30 - 12:30


Hellner    (BNS 129):        Fri   11:30 - 12:30

Faulkner (BNS 109):        Th    1:30 - 2:30


Course Textbook:

Molecular Driving Forces – Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology, Chemistry,

Physics, and Nanoscience (2nd Ed.) by K.A. Dill and S. Bromberg; Garland Science, NY



Course Description

Covers the basics of molecular interactions and aspects of statistical mechanics with focus on material properties and reaction kinetics. More specifically, the course entails the discussion of the microscopic molecular aspects of thermodynamic properties, molecular interactions and phase and solution properties, phase formation (adsorption, self-assembly, nucleation and growth), chemical kinetics, and physical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM E 310; CHEM E 325; CHEM 455. Offered: Sp.

Within the framework of the accreditation procedure (ABET) it is measured whether students meet the course objectives. In this course the course objectives will be measured with homework assignments and exams that test the students understanding of the theory and applications, which the students were exposed to. The students’ performance will provide continuous feedback and provide improvement of the syllabus.

Course Credit

Course credit is based on

- Course Participation (Homework, Participation in Class) (10 %),

- Quizzes (20%)

- 2 Midterm Exams (40%), and

- Final Exam (30%).


Exam dates see Schedule Details below.


Examinations: Two one-hour midterm exam (closed and open book) and a two-hour comprehensive final exam (closed and open book). All examinations are required and there will be no make-ups. Missing an examination or not turning one in is graded as a failure (0.0).


Homework and Weekly Quizzes:

Homework is weekly, assigned on Monday and due the following Monday (except May 26) at the beginning of recitation. There is a 10 minute Quiz every Recitation.

Quiz Solutions and Homework Assignments and Solutions are posted at

Required Readings and Summary

Reading is assigned with homework. Occasionally, a written summary of the reading assignment is required, and handed in with the homework.

Schedule Details


Mar. 26     Instructions begin



Apr. 20      Engineering Discovery Day (no class)

                   Recitation is shifted to Monday April 23

Apr. 25      Midterm 1



May 16      Midterm 2

May 28      Holiday (no class)



Jun. 1         Last day of instruction

Jun. 5         Final Exam: Tuesday, 12:30-2:20 a.m. (JHN 175)

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If any student has a learning disability or other special needs, please inform the instructor the first week of class so we can make special arrangements to accommodate you.