Research Facilities

Research facilities within the department are excellent. Modern analytical, process and computation equipment is available in all our research areas. Included in our departmental instrumentation are numerous gas and liquid chromatographs, high pressure reactors and fermenters, as well as several particle counters, UV, visible and IR spectrometers, a high pressure digester and extensive solid/liquid separation equipment. Specialized instrumentation such as X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are all available for chemical engineering graduate research. Indeed, our instrumentation capabilities comprise one of the most extensive in the nation.

The department has state of the art computational equipment available including numerous high end PC's and several Sun workstations. In addition, supercomputers and parallel computers in the Alabama Supercomputing Center can be accessed from the computers on campus and are available for research and instructional use. All the computers on campus are interlinked with other computers around the world via the Internet.

Furthermore, the department has several state of the art real-time process control and data acquisition systems. Process design studies are also aided by these computation facilities and commercial process simulators including ASPEN PLUS, HYSYS, Pro/II and WinGems which have all been integrated into our teaching/research programs.

In summary, a wide variety of modern laboratories are available to meet the requirements of a broad range of experimental and academic research. Specialized items can be constructed rapidly at the machine shops in the department and college. Other university shops can provide electrical, metal, carpentry and glassblowing services. The department is supplied with specialized equipment for measurement, recording and analysis.

For detailed descriptions of the different research laboratories, please visit the general departmental facilities page.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2012