Unit Operations Lab SUMMER COURSE 2017

Department of Chemical Engineering

July 9th - August 8th, 2017

The Unit Operations Lab Summer Course is designed to engage international junior or senior students in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science engineering, in the theory and practice of advanced chemical engineering and semiconductor processing techniques through a hands-on four-credit-hour course.

Course Information

  • This is a 4-credit course.
  • Students will be led on tours to various companies.
Past tours have included: Arizona Chemical, Ascend, Axogen, Ch2MHill, Mosaic, RTI Surgical and Nanotherapeutics
  • The course has 4 instructors and 36 students. There will be 12 groups, and each group will have an experienced teaching assistant.

Course Modules:

Module 1. Lab Safety, Orientation and Ethics (1 session)

Module 2. Fluid Flow in Pipes and Pump System (2 sessions)

Module 3. Filtration (3 sessions)

Module 4. Fluidized Bed (1 sessions)

Module 5. Distillation Pilot-Plant (3 sessions)

Module 6. Polymer Extrusion (1 sessions)

Module 7. Liquid-Liquid Extraction (2 sessions)

Module 8. Cooling Tower (2 sessions)

Module 9. Semiconductor Manufacturing Process: Photolithography, Metal Deposition, Oxide Growth, Wet and Dry Etching (4 sessions)

Module 10. Thin Film Evaporator (2 sessions)

Module 11. Heat Exchanger (2 sessions)

Module 12. Poster Presentation (1 session)

Thin Film Evaporator
Continuous Filtration System
Distillation Columns

Course Fee

The $7933 course fee includes: all lab fees, room and board on campus, company tours and trip tickets for the cultural program.

Course Schedule

Check-In Date: July 9, 2017

Orientation: July 10, 2017

Lab Course: July 11, 2017 – August 7, 2017

Check-Out Date: August 8, 2017

Room & Board

Included in your fees are:

  • Double occupancy room (pillow, pillowcase, light blanket, sheets and towels are included). Linens are serviced once a week.
  • Internet & IT Support
  • Three meals provided daily on campus

Cultural Experience

Planned trips for the summer course's cultural program include trips to the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, FL), Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park (Orlando, FL), The Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), and the Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville, FL)

Kennedy Space Center

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center is the world’s most authentic space attraction and the gateway to exploring, discovering and understanding our universe.

Walt Disney World

is an entertainment complex and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually. The property has housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues.

Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History is the State of Florida's official state-sponsored and chartered natural history museum. It is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing natural history museums

Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is an 112,800-square-foot-facility, which includes 40,400 square foot of exhibition space, 5 garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, study center, museum store, café and classroom spaces. The Harn’s collection totals more than 9,000 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography with significant representations of Ancient American and oceanic art, as well as a growing collection of natural history works on paper.


Our renowned faculty includes several Distinguished Professors, Fellows of professional societies including: The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, The American Physical Society, The Electrochemical Society and The American Vacuum Society and recipients of the highest teaching awards bestowed by the University of Florida: the Teacher-of-the-Year Award and the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Our faculty either lead or are active members of multidisciplinary centers, such as the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, the Institute of Cellular Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and the Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology.

Fan Ren

Fan Ren is a Distinguished Professor and Fred & Bonnie Edie Professor. Dr. Ren has 2 years of experience in petrochemicals and 13 years in the semiconductor field. He has published more than 880 journal papers, edited 4 books and 21 Conference Proceedings Volumes, contributed to 40 book chapters, and holds 37 US and European patents. He is a recipient of: the Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science and Technology from ECS; the Albert Nerken Award from AVS; the Electronics and Photonics Division Award from ECS; the NASA Tech Brief Initial Award; the NASA Patent Application Initial Award; the University of Florida Teaching and Scholar Award; and the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award and Research Foundation Professor Award from UF. He is a Fellow of the APS, AVS, ECS, IEEE, MRS and SPIE.

Dmitry Kopelevich

Dmitry Kopelevich is an Associate Professor and the director of the Undergraduate Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He holds a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics. His current research interests include molecular and multi-scale modeling of molecular self-assembly and Engineering Education, with an emphasis on integration of lecture and laboratory learning experience.

Jason E. Butler

Jason E. Butler is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and is a research and education specialist on the dynamics of complex fluids, with applications in rheology, slurry flows, microfluidics, nanotechnology, and basic science. He has had two years of experience in the petrochemical industry, has consulted for industry, and has authored over 50 articles that appear in leading publications in fluid mechanics and physics. Dr. Butler has served frequently as Visiting Professor at Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France), received the NSF CAREER Award in 2002, and was a Chateaubriand Fellow.

Peng Jiang

Peng Jiang is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and his current research focuses on developing scalable nano-manufacturing technologies based on various material self-assembly platforms for a spectrum of applications ranging from highly sensitive infrared spectroscopy for space exploration to ultrasensitive chemical and biological sensors for homeland security and biomedical diagnosis. He has had more than three years of industrial R&D experience at Corning and GE, has consulted for industry, and has authored over 80 articles in prestigious journals including Science, Nature Photonics and Nature Communications. Dr. Jiang is a recipient of the prestigious 2008 NSF CAREER Award.


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