Head of the Department: Prof. Marina Nisnevitch
The curriculum of the Department of Chemical Engineering includes basic and advanced studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, biology and materials, as well as the basics of economics, management, safety and other relevant subjects. These courses equip students with tools necessary to approach and find solutions to a variety of modern chemical and bio-engineering problems. The faculty and students are served by a variety of well-equipped, modern teaching and research laboratories.
There are two tracks available:
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
The aim of this curriculum is to prepare engineers with an applied orientation in the planning and operation of chemical and bio-engineering industrial processes. The courses train students in chemistry, various sub-disciplines of biology and biotechnology, instructing them how to plan and carry out relevant processes, taking human and environmental needs and considerations into account.
The chemical industry offers a wide variety of employment opportunities for graduates of chemical/biotechnological engineering, such as:
- Isolation and production processes
- Integration and management of complex processes
- Supervision of operational units and equipment
- Development of new processes and improving efficiency of existing processes
- Economic viability assessment of new processes
- Biomedical research and development
- Drug development and manufacture
- Development of alternate energy processes
- Solutions to environmental problems
- Scale up of laboratory processes
- Consultancy and market analysis for introducing new products, services and product sales
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Graduates of this track receive unique training in a range of emerging fields such as novel metallics, complex materials, natural and synthetic polymers, biomaterials, glass and ceramic materials. The curriculum emphasizes green chemistry – the interrelation between materials science and environmental requirements.
Chemical engineers with a background in modern materials science are better equipped to select appropriate materials and solutions for planning industrial equipment. This syllabus requires use of the most updated knowledge and advanced methods in simulation and computers. Graduates of this track can integrate into a range of industries including material production and processing, construction, civil engineering, plastics, process development, and security and military industries.
The department’s faculty members are well known in their respective fields. The Head of Department is Prof. Michael Firer who heads the Laboratory for Immunology and Cancer Biology and also the Director of the Ariel Center for Applied Cancer Research. In charge of the Materials Science is Prof. Michael Zinigrad, a world expert in materials science. He currently also serves as the Rector of Ariel University.
Areas of research include:
- Development of cancer cell specific drug delivery systems
- Development of new immunization techniques
- Development of more efficient bioreactor systems
- Preparation and characterization of transient metallic complexes
- Studies on the salts of the Dead Sea including phase diagrams, production of potash and magnesium anhydrite, and the development of cold crystallization
- Turbulence, mixing and process dynamics
- Energy and the environment
- Controlled release of chemicals
- Mechano-chemical reactions
- Thermodynamic problems
- Development of nanoparticles for production of novel metals and drugs
- Green technology
- Development and optimization of material production processes
- Studies on the phenomenon of superhydrophobicity (lotus effect) and development of superhydrophobic surfaces
- Studies of wetting of solid surfaces and wetting transitions; development of surfaces with prescribed and switchable wettability; plasma treatment of polymer surfaces
- Study of self-organization in rapidly evaporated polymer solutions
- Development of methods for determination and control of toxic organic compounds in air and wastewater
- Antimicrobial activity of photosensitizers enclosed in liposomes
- Models based on molecular theory
- Equations of state
- Polymer supported ligands and their application to separation of polluting metal cations
- Iron nanoparticles and application in organic and inorganic pollutant removal processes
Graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering participate take part in research and teaching in a wide range of topics in chemical engineering, biotechnology, materials, water and the environment.
Students benefit from close supervision of their research work and guidance in basic research and advanced applications. Research topics are selected in response to contemporary requirements in chemical engineering the latest developments in the field. Through their work, students help introduce innovative approaches and findings to scientific and technological problems.