Courses – Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D.

C&EE 155: Unit Operations and Processes in Water and Wastewater Treatment (Fall)
This course teaches the process science and engineering principles for water and wastewater treatment. The course begins with a review of water quality and reactor engineering principles, followed by presentations of the major physical, chemical, and biological processes in water and wastewater treatment. A research project forces students to forge a fundamental link between a specific water quality problem and available/emerging treatment technologies.

C&EE 255A: Physical and Chemical Processes in Water and Wastewater Treatment (Winter)
This course begins with a review of the physical transport and chemical reaction principles used to develop water and wastewater treatment and monitoring processes. Students learn to apply these principles to analyze the kinetics and performance of oxidation, disinfection, precipitation, coagulation, flocculation, filtration, chromatography, electrochemical, adsorption, ion-exchange, and membrane processes. Individual student research projects are designed to stimulate a deeper understanding of selected physical-chemical monitoring and/or treatment technologies.

C&EE 258A: Membrane Separations in Aquatic Systems (Spring)
This course begins with a general introduction to membrane materials, modules, transport phenomena, and process engineering fundamentals, and then focuses on more applied aspects of the most commonly employed membrane processes used for water purification – reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, and electro-dialysis. Individual student research projects extend these concepts to advanced membrane processes such as forward osmosis, membrane bioreactors, pervaporation, membrane distillation, fuel cells, and membrane-based water quality sensors.

ENGR 103: Environmental Nanotechnology (Spring)
The course provides a brief introduction to the unique properties, synthesis, characterization, and behavior of nanoparticles in environmental systems as well as environmental implications (transport, reactivity, toxicity, and removal) and applications (catalysis, sensing, treatment, and remediation) for nanotechnology. The fundamentals are presented in standard lecture format by the instructor, but lectures on environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology are designed and presented by the students enrolled in the course.