The Master of Science in Chemical and Sustainable Processes Engineering has as its main objective the training of engineers who are able to produce and manage technologic innovation in the process industry (especially in the chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, biotechnology, food and new material sectors) through the development of sustainable physico-chemical processes or with the reduction or elimination of the use and generation of hazardous substances, by preventing the originating chemical hazards and environmental pollution.
The training has the specific objective of enabling the MSc chemical engineer to carry out the following activities:
- Apply theories and scientific methods to mathematically model and numerically simulate complex physico-chemical systems, where transformations of matter or energy take place, using both a macroscopic and molecular approach, also with the use of commercial codes of computational fluid dynamics, process simulation and molecular dynamics.
- Employ the methodological, technology and engineering knowledge to identify, formulate and solve complex problems in the processing industry, using an interdisciplinary approach.
- Plan and conduct the execution of complex experiments to validate theories and/or mathematical models of physico-chemical processes, equipment or systems of the processing industry.
- Design or select single processing equipment especially in the realm of separation processes and of chemical reactors.
- Develop and optimize innovative industrial processes that have to be sustainable in terms of environmental impact and safety.
- Define and shape the control systems of chemical-physical complex processes.
- Analyse existing physical-chemical processes with the aim of defining the necessary changes to increase profitability and/or sustainability.
- Perform risk analysis and manage security and environmental protection of the equipment and systems in the processing industry.
- Manage the operation and maintenance of complex systems in the processing industry.
MSc graduates will find employment opportunities in managing positions in the chemical, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, production and processing of materials sectors; and also in industrial laboratories; or in technical departments of public administration.
The following career opportunities tend to be grouped into the mentioned domains:
- in engineering companies engaged in design, supervision and construction of industrial production plants;
- in public and private research centres as employee and/or research and development coordinator;
- in companies involved in the industrial processing of matter (so called chemical industry, petroleum and petrochemical, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, food, etc.) for the supervision of production plants. In the same companies the engineer may also be called to manage their environmental and security issues;
- in service companies and public administration as a technical coordinator
- in the consulting and expert advice activities to companies and groups that do not internally have the specific skills.
- in companies that produce, process and develop materials applicable in various industrial fields such as the chemical, mechanical, electrical, electronics, telecommunications, energy, construction, transport, biomedical and preservation of cultural heritage.
The curriculum will provide the necessary knowledge supplements of technical-scientific and mathematical nature on numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics, advanced transport phenomena, multiphase chemical reactors, dispersed systems and molecular modelling.
The transfer of energy, and matter and momentum in complex inter-phase systems will be studied in its foundations and applied to the design of separation equipment and multiphase chemical reactors. Particular attention will be devoted to the study of the behaviour of finely dispersed systems such as emulsions and suspensions, the physics of turbulence and its applications in computational fluid dynamics to solve complex problems in the processing industry.
Subsequently, an in-depth study will be made on process control by extending the knowledge building to multi-variable systems and by introducing concepts of advanced control. This will develop the ability to analyse and design an instrumented process scheme, and to evaluate the need to use advanced systems to replace the traditional ones. Finally, this knowledge will be applied in the execution of specific design exercises. The training program also builds an increased knowledge of food industry processes, biotechnological products and processes and special separation processes that are applicable in this area; or, thus developing the design skills of students, it allows them to learn the engineering criteria and methodologies applicable to the development of sustainable chemical and physical processes. The exercises sessions will cover the design and development of innovative chemical-physical processes. Students working in groups will apply all the design, development and process analysis methodologies acquired to solve complex problems and perform a complete plant design, that will be the subject of debate.
Some elective courses will allow students to expand their knowledge of chemical engineering in the stricter sense of the definition - for example by acquiring additional skills related to material selection or application of catalytic processes to environmental and energy purposes - and to diversify their training by adding teachings related to other topics from the University educational opportunities.