CH3052 Material Science for Chemical Engineers


The objective of this core course is to provide essential concepts in material science with an emphasis on particulate solids, their behavior and processing in various chemical engineering operations.

Course Contents:

Metallic and ceramic materials – metallic and ionic bonds    Atomic structure of solids, Crystalline and amorphous materials, crystalline structure, unit cell and crystal facesMaterials of construction    Corrosion resistance, fatigue, long term properties – polymers, metals and ceramics     Materials processing Crystallization, sintering, calcination, sol-gel methodsCatalytic Materials Types of catalysts, structure, properties, porous catalysts, pore diffusion, adsorption, adsorption isotherms                                                                    Polymeric Materials    Polymer melts and solutions behaviour – macromolecules    Polymer processingProcessing of Particulate solids    Fracture mechanics, attrition, breakage, size reduction, size enlargementColloidal and nano-particle systems    Definition, properties, types and classification     Forces of interaction – van der Waals and electrostatic interactions    Aggregation, Settling of aggregatesSmart materials Electrical, electronic and optical properties of materials. Piezoelectric, actuators, shape memory alloys and polymers, electro and magneto-rheological materials, carbon nanotube (CNT), fullerene, graphene, 3D printingMaterials Design Mini projects on design of products based chemical engineering and material science concepts: Design of coffee-cup, Formulation of paints and ink, Containers for encapsulation of drugs, aroma any active compounds, Coatings for different applications, Development of catalysts/supports, Fabrication of fibers, Materials from waste and other novel materials.

Text Books:

  1. Materials Science and Engineering an Introduction. William D. Callister, Jr. Fifth Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1999.
  2. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering. McCabe W., J. Smith, and P. Harriott,:, 7th Ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2004.
  3. Principles of colloid and surface chemistry. P.C Hiemenz, R. Rajagopalan. M.Dekker, New York, 1997

 Reference Books:

  1. M. Rhodes, Introduction to particle technology, John Wiley & Sons, 19982. V. Raghavan, Materials Science and Engineering, Prentice-Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., 2004