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CME3036 : Process and Product Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Dr Katarina Novakovic, Professor Jarka Glassey
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces the techniques used to select an appropriate route to the scaled-up synthesis of a (bio)chemical product. It highlights the fact that such products may be target molecules, formulated mixtures or solids and can be selected in terms of chemistry or performance. The importance of clean, sustainable processing routes is illustrated with case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Process/route selection (4-5 lectures) – product selection, route selection, retrosynthesis, decision making, constraints, optioneering, whole life analysis. Illustrated by two case studies delivered by industry (e.g.chemical route/retrosynthesis and downstream biopharmaceutical process development, bioprocess route selection, including formulation)

Performance chemicals (4-5 lectures) – performance targets compared to composition/chemistry targets, blending and formulation. Examples from petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Case study on developing high performance lubricants for engines/gearboxes.

Bioprocess design (4-5 lectures) – bioprocessing PFD and unit operations, design of production strain, sterilisation and downstream processing.

Case study in product engineering (4-5 lectures)
Principles of polymerisation, manufacturing of plastics and plastics recycling

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00PiP, can revert to online teaching if needed
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion146:0046:00Formative tests and assimilating notes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation and completion of Case Study Assignment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00PiP tutorials and case study seminars, or online, synchronous if needed
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This will be taught with a mixture of PiP lectures and seminars, reinforced by online delivery. If the circumstances require it then we will revert to the online delivery mode.

The aim is to introduce sufficient new material on practical product engineering which, in combination with what has been learned in other modules, provides the basis for selection of a process route for a given product. Material introduced in lectures is reinforced in tutorials. Seminars are used to allow industrial lecturers to deliver case studies to the class to further reinforce learning.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Case study assignment to highlight formulation and manufacturing issues in a given application (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Process selection involves the synthesis of data from a lot of sources and is best assessed by an assignment where a range of factors can be brought together in a single report on a well-defined case study report.

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