Research Objectives Dissertation Examples Chemical Engineering

The dissertation involves an extensive research study, commencing with a research report (semester 1) followed by a poster presentation (part 2) and a final formal report (the dissertation, part 3) on the work undertaken.  Students choose a research topic from a selection of laboratory-based and computational projects offered by different academic supervisors, and often work closely with a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher or industry.

 

For this 40 credit unit, a student must describe the project in the form of full dissertation report, with a maximum of 40 pages in length (excluding appendices and list of contents). This will be assessed by the supervisor and a second marker. The final mark will be an average of the two marks, if the difference between them is less than 5%. Otherwise the two markers will agree the final mark between them.

 

This report must contain an abstract, an introduction to the project which motivates the research, a brief critical literature survey, a description of the practical work, a critical analysis of the results and their relationship to previous work and a suitable conclusion and suggestions for future work. More guidance is given elsewhere. Note that there should be no duplication of the Semester 1 report.

 

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of specialised lectures (e.g. on library skills), regular meetings arranged with the supervisor, self-directed learning and hands-on practical experience.

 

Learning outcomes

 

Category of outcome

Students should/will (please delete as appropriate) be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Undertake and report on a substantial piece of project work.
  • Formulate objectives for the work, logically relating these to previous work and its context.
  • Analyse a scientific or technological problem and develop or select and apply appropriate methods to investigate the problem.

 

Intellectual skills

  • Describe the methods and procedures by which the objectives of the problem were addressed.
  • Produce, report and analyse results, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Discuss the significance of the work and its outcomes in the context of previous work.
  • Summarise a complex piece of work and its subcomponents.

Practical skills

  • Carry out a literature search using library and IT facilities.
  • Perform the necessary practical work to achieve the aims of the project.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Structure the presentation of a complex written report appropriately, including appropriate use of summaries and linkages.
  • Be able to work independently on a complex project.
  • Be able to show initiative and originality
  • To develop time-management skills

 

Knowledge and understanding

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Undertake and report on a substantial piece of project work.
  • Formulate objectives for the work, logically relating these to previous work and its context.
  • Analyse a scientific or technological problem and develop or select and apply appropriate methods to investigate the problem.

 

 

Intellectual skills

 

Intellectual skills

  • Describe the methods and procedures by which the objectives of the problem were addressed.
  • Produce, report and analyse results, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Discuss the significance of the work and its outcomes in the context of previous work.
  • Summarise a complex piece of work and its subcomponents.

 

Practical skills

 

Practical skills

  • Carry out a literature search using library and IT facilities.
  • Perform the necessary practical work to achieve the aims of the project.

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Structure the presentation of a complex written report appropriately, including appropriate use of summaries and linkages.
  • Be able to work independently on a complex project.
  • Be able to show initiative and originality
  • To develop time-management skills

 

Assessment Further Information

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Dissertation report

 

Maximum of 40 pages (excluding appendices and list of contents)

 

100%

 

 

Syllabus

 

 

Recommended reading

As given by the project supervisor to help direct the research.

 

Feedback methods

Feedback within 20 working days from submission

Study hours

  • Tutorials - 15 hours
  • Independent study hours - 385 hours

Teaching staff

Andrew Masters - Unit coordinator

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Synthesis of Biopolymer Materials Tailored for Biological Applications, Nathan P. Birch

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Interactions at the Aqueous Interface of Large-Area Graphene: Colloidal-Scale and Protein Adsorption, Aaron Chen

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Metabolic Modeling and Engineering of Gas Fermentation in Bubble Column Reactors, Jin Chen

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Nanoporous Solid Acid Materials for Biomass Conversion into Value-Added Chemicals: Synthesis, Catalysis, and Chemistry, Hong Je Cho

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Fabrication of Functional Nano-Structured Materials and Devices Using Supercritical Fluids, Shengkai Li

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MODELING OF NANOSCALE TRANSPORT IN MESOPOROUS MEMBRANES, Ashutosh Rathi

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COMPUTATIONAL STUDIES OF STRUCTURE–FUNCTION RELATIONSHIPS OF SUPPORTED AND UNSUPPORTED METAL NANOCLUSTERS, Hongbo Shi

Dissertations from 2016

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Extracellular Matrix Control of Breast Cancer Metastasis and Dormancy, Lauren Barney

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Rational Development of Solid Lewis Acid Catalysts for Biomass Conversion, Chun-Chih Chang

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Analysis of External-Field-Driven Surface Stabilization and Patterning, Dwaipayan Dasgupta

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Theoretical Studies of Atomic Transport in Ternary Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Charge Transport in Organic Photovoltaic Active Layers, Xu Han

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Study of the Self-Assembly Process of Microporous Materials Using Molecular Modeling, Mohammad Navaid Khan

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Thermodynamic and Dynamic Models for Directed Assembly of Small Ensembles of Colloidal Particles, Raghuram Thyagarajan

Dissertations from 2015

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Modeling the Self-Assembly of Ordered Nanoporous Materials, Szu-Chia Chien

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Mimicking the Arterial Microenvironment with PEG-PC to Investigate the Roles of Physicochemical Stimuli in SMC Phenotype and Behavior, William G. Herrick

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Cell Adhesion Biophysics on Dynamic Polymer Constructs, Andreas Kourouklis

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Prediction of Emulsion Drop Size Distributions with Population Balance Equation Models to Enable Emulsified Product Design, Shashank Maindarkar

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Engineering Novel Detection and Treatment Strategies for Bacterial Therapy of Cancer, Jan T. Panteli

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Synthesis and Biological Applications of Heavy-Metal-Free Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Ying Qi

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Transport Limitations in Zeolites and Biomass Pyrolysis, Andrew Robert Teixeira

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Multi-scale characterization and engineering of Taxus suspension cultures, Sarah A. Wilson

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EXPERIMENTAL AND MODELING STUDIES ON THE FORMULATION OF STABLE LIPID NANOPARTICLE DISPERSIONS, Yihui Yang

Dissertations from 2014

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Production of renewable chemicals and energy from waste biomass, Sheng Chu

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Production of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass-Dervied Furan Compounds, Sara K. Green

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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY REACTIONS OF CELLULOSE MELT PYROLYSIS, Alex D. Paulsen

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Coarse-Grained Modeling of the Phase Behavior of Thermodynamically Small Particle Assemblies, Ray Mohan Sehgal

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Mechanical and Transport Properties of 3- Dimensional Alginate Hydrogels For Cell Encapsulation, Whitney L Stoppel

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Strategies for Improving Oxygen Transport and Mechanical Strength in Alginate-Based Hydrogels, Joseph C. White

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Production of Sustainable Aromatics from Biorenewable Furans, Christopher Luke Williams

Dissertations from 2013

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Effect of Colloidal Interactions on Formation of Glasses, Gels, Stable Clusters and Structured Films, Anand Kumar Atmuri

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Particle-Collector Interactions In Nanoscale Heterogeneous Systems, Marina Bendersky

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Discriminatory Bio-Adhesion Over Nano-Patterned Polymer Brushes, Saugata Gon

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Determining Structure and Function In Nanomaterial Biocomposites, David M Griffin

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Dynamic Modeling of Synthetic Microbial Consortia to Optimize the Co-fermentation of Glucose and Xylose, Timothy Joseph Hanly

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Determining Detailed Reaction Kinetics for Nitrogen-and Oxygen-Containing Fuels, Nicole Jeanne Labbe

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Stability Of Thin Liquid Films Flowing Over Heterogeneous Surfaces And Gas-Solid Flow Of Decomposing Particles With Applications To Biomass Pyrolysis, Yenhan Lin

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Molecular and Population Level Approaches to Understand Taxus Metabolism in Cell Suspension Cultures, Rohan Anil Patil

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Process Development for Scalable Templated Synthesis of Compund Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Ryan D Reeves

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Experimental and Computational Studies of Aqueous-Phase Hydrogenation of Biorenewable Aromatic Chemicals, Jin Yang

Dissertations from 2012

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Modeling Material Transformations in Biorefinement, Vishal Agarwal

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On the Effect of Elasticity on Drag Reduction Due to Polymer Additives Using a Hybrid D.N.S. and Langevin Dynamics Approach, Arnout Boelens

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Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Furan Over Zsm-5 Catalysts: A Model Biomass Conversion Reaction, Yu-Ting Cheng

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Modeling the Relaxation Dynamics of Fluids in Nanoporous Materials, John R. Edison

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Design and construction of novel DNA nanostructures for therapeutic applications, Jung Won Keum

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Modeling Of Growth And Prediction Of Properties Of Electronic Nanomaterials: Silicon Thin Films And Compound Semiconductor Quantum Dots, Sumeet C Pandey

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Enhanced Mechanical Performance of Low Dielectric Constant Thin Films Synthesized in Supercritical Co2, and Sans Studies of Microemulsions Induced or Destabilized by Compressed Co2, Alvin Horatio Romang

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Engineering a bacterial toxin delivery system for the targeted treatment of solid tumors, Adam Thomas St. Jean

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Fabrication of nanostructured metal oxide films with supercritical CO2: Processing and applications, Eunyoung You

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Dissertations from 2011

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Role of Strongly Interacting Additives in Tuning the Structure and Properties of Polymer Systems, Vikram Kumar Daga

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Flow Cytometry of Cultured Plant Cells for Characterization of Culture Heterogeneity and Cell Sorting Applications, Vishal Gaurav

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Development of Plant Cell Culture Processes to Produce Natural Product Pharmaceuticals: Characterization, Analysis, and Modeling of Plant Cell Aggregation, Martin Kolewe

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Modeling and Simulation of Nanoparticle Formation in Microemulsion Droplets, Sreekumar R. Kuriyedath

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Computational Analysis of Structural Transformations in Carbon Nanostructures Induced by Hydrogenation, Andre R. Muniz

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Catalytic hydrogenation reactions for the production of renewable fuels from biomass, Hakan Onder Olcay

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Modeling of growth and prediction of properties of electronic nanomaterials: Silicon thin films and compound semiconductor quantum dots, Sumeet C Pandey

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Atomic-scale Modeling of Transition-metal Doping of Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Tejinder Singh

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Separation of Carboxylic Acids From Aqueous Fraction of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oils Using Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membranes, Achyuta Vara Prasada Rao Teella

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Mathematical Modeling Of Circadian Rhythm Generation And Synchronization In Mammalian Cells, Christina Vasalou

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Mathematical modeling of circadian rhythm generation and synchronization in mammalian cells, Christina Vasalou

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Pyrolysis Oils: Characterization, Stability Analysis, and Catalytic Upgrading to Fuels and Chemicals, Tushar Vispute

Dissertations from 2010

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Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass for the Production of Fuels and Chemicals, Torren Ryan Carlson

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Influence of hydrophobic modification in alginate-based hydrogels for biomedical applications, Soumitra Choudhary

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Influence Of Hydrophobic Modification In Alginate-Based Hydrogels For Biomedical Applications, Soumitra Choudhary

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Rheological Study Of Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites And Optical Linear Rheometer Instrumentation, Fei Li

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Modeling Solid-Fluid Equilibrium Of Chiral Molecules, Monica D Navarro

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Synthesis of doped semiconductor nanostructures using microemulsions and liquid crystals as templates, Tracy Heckler Panzarella

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Synthesis, design and operating strategies for batch reactive distillation, Wei Qi

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Synthesis, Design And Operating Strategies For Batch Reactive Distillation, Wei Qi

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Prediction And Manipulation Of Drop Size Distribution Of Emulsions Using Population Balance Equation Models For High-Pressure Homogenization, Neha B. Raikar

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Engineering of Artificial Cellular Circuits Based on the LuxI-LuxR Quorum-Sensing System, Daniel Jon Sayut

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Development Of Clinically Relevant Models For Tumor Growth, Raja Venkatasubramanian

 

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