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MEng Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Chemical Product Design

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN40472
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • Introduction to formulated products.
  • Introduction to the product design process and product specification
  • Sorting, screening and selection of ideas and routes to market
  • Understanding of rheology and how this links to product uses and microstructure
  • Use concepts of process design to improve product performance
  • Introduction to and modelling key production methods for chemical products
  • Understanding of key mixing methods for both batch and continuous production



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Process Fluid Dynamics CHEN44211 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Science of Formulation CHEN40441 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


Give a broad knowledge of formulated products within the scope of chemical engineering.

Give an understanding of chemical product properties and how they relate to consumer needs.

Give an understanding of mixing and production of chemical products. 

Learning outcomes

ILO 1. Develop new chemical products based on customer needs.

ILO 2. Screen and select ideas for new products/product improvement

ILO 3. Examine real product properties and relate them to product function.

ILO 4. Analyse key mechanisms for the creation of functional product microstructure.

ILO 5. Design of processes to produce key chemical products taking into account concerns of scale-up and cost. 

Teaching and learning methods



Group presentation 

Group literature and research review

Office Hour for general queries

Online formative and summative quizzes 

Feedback methods

Generic feedback provided throught the semester.

Recommended reading

Core Reading

E.L. Cussler and G.D. Moggridge; 2011; Chemical Product Design, Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition.


Recommended Reading

H.A. Barnes, J.F. Hutton, and K. Walters; 1989; An Introduction to Rheology, Elsevier.

E.L. Paul, V.A. Atiemo¿Obeng, and S.M. Kresta; 2003; Handbook of Industrial Mixing: Science and Practice, J. Wiley & Sons.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Thomas Rodgers Unit coordinator
Claudio Pereira da Fonte Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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