The majority of products produced in the chemical process industries either include particles or are made through the agency of particles. Despite the ubiquity of particles and particle processes, undergraduate engineering programs typically fail to address the unique issues introduced by the particle phase. By design, this program provides this important skill set and knowledge base, valued by industry but generally unavailable in one place or with such singular focus.
Particle technology spans multiple length scales and requires knowledge and skills that cut across the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Interactions at the molecular length scale result in material properties at the particle length scale which in turn impact performance of processing units or particle-based products at the macroscopic length scale. Training in this field will enable students to communicate and collaborate across the chemical, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines as well as with chemists, physicists and materials scientists.
The University of Delaware published graduate student tuition base rate for graduate credit in 2016-17 is $1,720 per credit hour. UD Deans may offer adjustments to students in specific programs that may reduce the per credit costs.