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COURSE SYLLABUS (revised 8/29/07)

Instructors: Lars Angenent and Jay Turner

     Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

     Instructor-of-Record: Jay Turner, phone 314-935-5480; e-mail: JRTURNER@WUSTL.EDU

Class Location: Crow 206

Class Period: Thursdays 2:30-4:30 pm

Office Hours: to be determined

Logistics.  Class meets two hours per week (Thursdays 2:30-4:30 PM).  There are fourteen sessions starting August 31 and ending December 7, with a final examination scheduled for December 21 from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Absence Policy.  You will need to provide advance notice to Dr. Turner in the event you cannot attend a given lecture.

Pre-requisite.  No pre-requisite.

Course Description. Introduce students to selected current technological challenges, with emphasis on opportunities for engineering science - and chemical engineering in particular - to contribute to solutions.  Demonstrate the application of chemical engineering principles to these challenges, thereby providing a context for the chemical engineering curriculum.  Pedagogical emphasis on mass and energy balances.

Introduction.  Key technical issues that face our society and some of the emerging technologies that hold promise for the future are examined and discussed.  In addition, the role that you as a (chemical) engineer or scientist could play in the development or assessment will be demonstrated.  We will use chemical engineering principles, such as mass and energy balances, to examine emerging technologies. After taking this class you will be able to understand selected needs that our future society will face to meet current standards of living.

Required Text.  Introduction to Engineering & the Environment (E. Rubin).  Additional materials will be placed on the course web-site:

You will need a password to open such files.  The password will be given to you at the beginning of the course.

Homework Assignments.  Homework or reading assignments will be given to you in class.  The due date for each assignment is the beginning of the following class unless otherwise noted.  There will be 1-2 laboratory experiments with write-ups to be submitted. 

Quizzes.  Quizzes will be periodically given during the semester.  These quizzes will be closed book / closed note and will focus on the required reading to be completed in preparation for the lecture that day.

Examination: The final exam is comprehensive and will include combination of closed book and open book portions.


Homework and Laboratory Reports:                                40%

Quizzes:                                                                       25%

Final Exam:                                                                  35%

Course Outline (revised 8/29/07)




(to be completed prior to class)

Th., Aug 30


Course Introduction and Background

Energy Use - Current Trends and Future Prospects


Th., Sep 6




Th., Sep 13


Mass and Energy Flows through the Environment

Chapter 1

Chapter 2 - sections 2.1-2.3

Th., Sep 20


Environmental Life Cycle Analysis

Chapter 7

Th., Sep 27


Sustainable Environmental Engineering

Balance of Chapter 2

Th., Oct 4


Automobiles and the Environment

Chapter 3

Th., Oct 11


Batteries and the Environment

Chapter 4

Th., Oct 18


Electric Power Plants and the Environment

Chapter 5

Th., Oct 25

(Axelbaum, Giammar)

Greenhouse Effect Science and Solutions

Chapter 12

Th., Nov 1


Microbial Fuel Cells


Th., Nov 8

Th., Nov 15

(Angenent, Turner)

Microbial Fuel Cell Experiment  (Angenent)

Lecture Topic TBD (Turner)


Th., Nov 22


No Class - Thanksgiving Break


Th., Nov 29

(Biswas, Sureshkumar)

Introduction to EECE Department (Biswas)

Lecture Topic TBD (Sureshkumar)


Th., Dec 6


Lecture Topic TBD


Th., Dec 20


Final Examination (3:30-5:30 PM)


* Additional reading to be assigned.