NUS Chemical Engineering Postgraduate Curriculum

As a Department that is ranked 6th in the world, 1st in Asia, and as part of a distinguished University that is ranked 25th in the world and 2nd in Asia (Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings 2012/2013), we offer a comprehensive selection of courses and activities for a distinctive and enriching learning experience. You will benefit from the opportunity to work with our diverse faculty in a cosmopolitan environment. Join us at NUS – Singapore’s Global University, and be a part of the future today!

Strategic Research Thrusts

  • Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering Sciences
  • Chemical & BioSystems Engineering
  • Environmentally Benign Processing & Sustainability
  • Functionalized and Nanostructured Materials & Devices

Graduate Modules

Module Code Module Title
CN5010 Mathematical Methods in Chemical and Environmental Engineering
CN5020/6020 Advanced Reaction Engineering
CN5030 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CN5040 Advanced Transport Phenomena
CN5050 Advanced Separation Processes
CN5172 Biochemical Engineering
Module Code Module Title
CN5111 Optimisation of Chemical Processes
CN5131 Colloids and Surfaces
CN5161 Polymer Processing Engineering
CN5162 / 6162 Advanced Polymeric Materials
CN5173 Downstream Processing of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Products
CN5192 Future Fuel Options: Prospects and Technologies
CN5193 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
CN5222 Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
CN5251 / 6251 Membrane Science and Technology
CN5391/ 5392 Selected Topics in Advanced Chemical Engineering I/II
CN5555 Chemical Engineering Project
CN6163 Inorganic Nanomaterials for Sustainability


Safety Specialization Modules

Module Code Module Title
SH5002 Fundamentals in Industrial Safety
SH5003 Fundamentals in Environmental Protection
SH5101 Industrial Toxicology
SH5108 Chemical Hazard Management
Module Code Module Title
SH5102 Occupational Ergonomics
SH5103 Advanced Industrial Hygiene
SH5104 Occupational Health
SH5105 Noise and Other Physical Hazards
SH5106 Radiation
SH5107 Industrial Ventilation
SH5109 Biostatistics and Epidemiology
SH5110 Chemical Hazard Evaluation
SH5201 Hazard Identification and Evaluation
SH5202 Quantified Risk Analysis
SH5203 Emergency Planning
SH5204 Safety Engineering
SH5205 Incident Management
SH5206 Human Factors in Process Safety
SH5401 SHE and Quality Management Systems
SH5402 Advanced SHE Management
SH5403 Independent Study
SH5404 Safety Health and Environmental Project
SH5880 Topics in Industrial Hygiene
SH5881 Topics in Process Safety
SH5882 Topics in Environment Protection

The above information was taken from the NUS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Website. Find out more here.

NUS Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is Asia’s Top Chemical Engineering Department and in the Top 10 in the World. As one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the world and the oldest chemical engineering department in Singapore, we enjoy the luxury of being strong in both classical domains and emerging areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering. We have more than 5000 alumni, with some in top-level positions in industry and government.

The four-year B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering) programme at NUS educates budding engineers to design, develop, and operate chemical processes by which chemicals, petroleum products, food, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods can be produced economically and safely with minimal environmental impact. In addition, Chemical Engineering students acquire the necessary background and skills to design and develop functional products that benefit society in many ways. Chemical processes involve reactions, heat transfer, separations and biological phenomena to produce useful and valuable products. Accordingly, they study changes in the composition, energy content and/or state of aggregation of materials taking into consideration the nature of matter and its properties (chemistry), the forces that act on matter (physics), similar aspects of biological materials (biology), and the relationships between them (mathematics). Chemical engineering differs from chemistry and applied chemistry programmes, with its emphasis on industrial applications of chemical reactions, separations and techniques for designing and operating economical, safe and environmentally benign processes.


Unlimited Opportunities @ NUS

  • Minor Programmes: Technopreneurship, Management, Management of Technology, Mathematics, Economics, Life Sciences, Bioengineering, and many more.
  • Enhancement Programmes: Industrial Attachment Programme, Innovation Programme, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme etc.
  • Special Programmes: University Scholars Programme, NUS Overseas Colleges, Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) with many US, European and Asian universities.
  • Double Degree Programmes: Engineering and Business Administration, Engineering and Economics, and French Grandes Écoles,
  • Double Major: Pursue a second major alongside the primary major (i.e., chemical engineering programme).



Discipline-specific Modules:

CN1111 Chemical Engineering Principles CN3124 Fluid-Solid Systems
CN2108 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I CN3121 Process Dynamics and Control
CN2116 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design CN3132 Separation Processes
CN2121 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics CN3421 Process Modelling and Numerical Simulation
CN2122 Fluid Mechanics CN3135 Process Safety, Health & Environment
CN2125 Heat and Mass Transfer CN4122 Process Synthesis and Simulation
CN3108 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II CN4123R Final Year Design Project
CN3109 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III




Biomolecular Engineering
Module Code Module Title
CN4233R Good Manufacturing Practices in Pharmaceutical Industry
CN4241R Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
CN4246R Chemical and Bio-Catalysis
CN4247R Enzyme Technology
CN4249 Engineering Design in Molecular Biotechnology
CN5172 Biochemical Engineering
CN5173 Downstream Processing of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Products


Microelectronics Processing
Module Code Module Title
BN4404 Bioelectromechanicals systems – BioMEMs
CN4216R Electronics Materials Science
CN4217R Processing of Microelectronic Materials
CN4223R Microelectronic Thin Films


Process Engineering
Module Code Module Title
CN4205R Pinch Analysis and Process Integration
CN4227R Advanced Process Control
CN4238R Chemical & Biochemical Process Modelling
CN4245R Data Based Process Characterisation
CN4248 Sustainable Process Development
CN4250 Chemical Product Design
CN5111 Optimisation of Chemical Processes
CN5181 Computer Aided Chemical Engineering
CN5185 Batch Process Engineering
CN5186 Design and Operation of Process Networks
CN5191 Project Engineering
ESP4402 Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems


Process Technology
Module Code Module Title
CN4201R Petroleum Refining
CN4203R Polymer Engineering
CN4211R Petrochemicals and Processing Technologies
CN4215R Food Technology and Engineering
CN4240R Unit Operations and Processes for Effluent Treatment
CN5251 Membrane Science and Engineering


Module Code Module Title
CN4291 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
CN5222 Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals



The above information was taken from our Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Website which you visit to find out more here.

Letter From NUS

Hi fellow chemical engineers at the Purdue student chapter!

On behalf of the whole committee of NUS Student Chapter, I would like to take this opportunity to write this letter as an introduction to our student chapter, as well as give all of you a better understanding of our brief history.

Our overall committee consists of the main executive committee: which comprises one president (Tri), two vice presidents in charge of marketing and sponsorships (Bowen) and Overseas Liaison (Annabelle) as well as a secretary cum treasurer (Heng Perng). Alongside, we all have 3 subcommittees managing our flagship projects, namely our Student Mentorship Programme, Industry 7 Series and finally Publicity.

The student mentorship programme subcommittee, headed by Erdong, oversees a flagship program initiated by the Chemical Engineering department of NUS in conjunction with us, the NUS AIChE Student Chapter. The program aims to create a platform for students of different years to interact and share experiences involving academic or special programmes that our school offers. Currently, we are in the midst of preparing for an Industrial Attachment program panel sharing, which is a panel discussion about one of our most hotly discussed programmes in NUS Chemical Engineering. This programme allows students get to be attached to a company in the industry for 6 months, and is similar to an internship.

The Industry 7 series, which is headed by Sophie, on the other hand focuses on planning industrial site visits and inviting speakers from key industry players to our school to enable our students to be better informed. In the past, we have had site visits to ExxonMobil, Mitsui Chemicals and more; and we hope to enable as many students as possible to go on these educational trips!

Finally, the publicity team headed by Jervis and Marion takes charge of all our publicity materials related to any events that we run and they also manage our website and Facebook group. The publicity team also decorates our very own notice board in the school which is a vital communication channel to the students.

Our student chapter is very newly established, being only in its second year and we hope that with the support of an established chapter, such as yours, both our chapters will continue to flourish from each other’s experiences and partnership.

We look forward to hearing more from you!



On behalf of the NUS AIChE Student Chapter

Greetings From Purdue

Hello NUS!

On behalf of the committee members of the Purdue AIChE Chapter we would like say that we are all very excited for the opportunity to be sister chapters with you!

As you probably know by now, our chapter is organized and structured a little differently than yours. So we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves and give you a little bit of information about what each of our committees does. Each of our committees has written a short letter with introductions and a summary of their main goal.

Our organization is divided into 8 committees: Marketing, Industrial Relations, Student Relations, Faculty Relations, Philanthropy, Undergraduate Research, Finance, and Outreach


Hi! We are the marketing committee. We do all of the advertising and promotion for Purdue AIChE, so essentially most things that you read about us were written by our committee. All of our social media (Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) is run by members of the committee, and if you saw our latest newsletter, the Reboiler, that was written by us as well! On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we advertise our events and updates throughout the semester, while our Snapchat has exciting stories, which you all should check out! Our members include a student in every year; Paul is a freshman, Nick and Ana are sophomores, Michelle is a junior, and Vaughn is a senior. We’re excited to hear from you!

Industrial Relations

The Industrial Relations Committee is in charge of working with industry representatives to plan events that encourage relationships between students and industry. For example, we are excited about planning three plant tours to various companies this semester! Our members are Cassie Campbell, Evan Bishop, and Elizabeth Krenek. Cassie Campbell is a junior with a concentration in energy and environment. Evan Bishop is a junior who is currently working on a co­op work assignment at Tate & Lyle, a global ingredients company. Elizabeth Krenek is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas. She enjoys swimming, painting and helping the community.

Student Relations

Hello! This is Iris, Luke, and Tyler from AICHE of Purdue University from the other half of the globe. We are Student Relations Committee. What our committee does is to create a better relationship between chemical engineering students and our chapter. This semester, we are thinking about doing events like intramural sports, mini golf, ice­skating, indoor soccer, and other fun things. We have not planned them yet, but once we do, we will keep you updated. We cannot wait to hear back from you!


Faculty Relations

The Faculty Relations committee’s goal is to integrate Chemical Engineering students and the Chemical Engineering professors at Purdue. The committee hosts events such as luncheons, pancake breakfasts, socials, and game nights to allow students and professors to meet and socialize in a relaxed environment. These events provide an opportunity for students to network and build relationships with the university staff outside of a classroom environment. Our committee has five members; Patrick McGuiggan, a second semester senior, Rachel Troscinski, a second semester junior, Tony Tan, a second semester junior, and Maya Jain, a second semester sophomore.


The philanthropy committee is all about getting students to go out of their comfort zones to help out in their communities. With so much work and studying to do during the semester, our job is reminding students that there is a world outside school and giving them opportunities to engage with it. Each semester, we host a variety of events, including bake sales and blood drives. We have four members: Emily Briggs, who is a senior graduating this May, Emily Alcorace and Michael Marino, who are both juniors, and Lindsey Blanshan, who is a freshman!

Undergraduate Research

Hello! We are Deborah, Mike and Anthony, and we’re the undergraduate research committee! We help the undergraduates engage in research opportunities and network with research faculty. We organize lab tours and poster symposiums to help students interested in research!


The Finance Committee manages the means with which Purdue AIChE generates income to pay for events. Our income comes mostly from a corporate sponsorship package that has been developed in cooperation with the Industrial Relations Committee, as well as various grants that have been located, researched, and applied for by members of the Finance Committee. The committee also assists the Treasurer in managing other cash flow to and from the chapter and creating each semester’s budget. The Finance Committee currently has one member: Isaac Vermillion, a sophomore.


Hello! We are the Outreach committee! We have 3 members: Caleb Brown is a junior, Sanjana Patil is a freshman, and Melanie Igel is a sophomore. One of our responsibilities is to recruit freshmen that are interested in chemical engineering. Our school has a first year engineering program that all engineering students take prior to choosing a specific engineering field. We reach out to them to hopefully spark their interest in chemical engineering and get them involved

with AIChE. Our other job is to stay in contact with you guys through your representative, Annabelle! We have meetings with her each month to discuss ideas for different activities. We have a lot of cool ideas for this semester so we are excited to see how it goes!

Executive Board

The executive board oversees the 8 committees and is comprised of the president, internal and external vice presidents, treasurer, and marketing director. The president, currently Zachary Rinaldi, a first semester senior, leads the executive board. The internal vice president, currently Anna Wagner, a second semester junior, handles internal affairs, including relations with chemical engineering faculty and students at Purdue. The internal vice president oversees the Student Relations, Faculty Relations, and Undergraduate Research committees. The external vice president, currently Alex Ambrose, a first semester junior, handles external affairs, including relations with industry and alumni. The external vice president oversees the Industrial Relations, Philanthropy, and Outreach committees. The treasurer, currently Sam Raimann, a second semester senior, manages the chapter’s financial records and assists in obtaining and handling industrial sponsorships. The treasurer oversees the Finance committee. The marketing director, currently Vaughn Persinger, a second semester senior, manages all communications with our members, maintains our website, and administers our newsletter, “The Reboiler”. The marketing director oversees the Marketing committee. During the Spring semester, the executive board includes their prospective elect positions. This includes the president­elect, Anna Wagner, internal vice president­elect, Michelle Spicklemire, external vice president­elect, Miranda Berg, treasurer­elect, Devin Zuck, and marketing director­elect, Ana Carneiro.

We are very excited for the opportunity to get to know more about you and your school and believe that it will be very beneficial to both NUS and Purdue. We are all looking forward to hearing back from you!

Purdue University AIChE