The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course teaches you the fundamentals of particle processing technology and characterisation, including measurement of particle characteristics, particle packing, segregation and sampling, storage and transporting of particles. You will also be exposed to some more advanced topics in particle engineering such as colloidal suspension stability and rheology. You will also learn the unit operations associated with resources engineering which include comminution and grinding, flocculation, agglomeration and granulation and particle separations.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE2940. Students who have successfully completed CHEE2940 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE2945.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of particle technology

2. Demonstrate an awareness of unit operations involving particulate processing

3. Apply the fundamental particle processing concepts and unit operations to a range of industrially important processes in the fields of mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing, and pharmaceuticals

4. Apply mathematics and science basic principles in the solution of problems associated with mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing and pharmaceuticals

5. Apply a proficient use of mathematics and science skills in solving chemical engineering problems associated with particulate and resources processes

6. Demonstrate an understanding of unit operations and processes relating to the utilisation of resources

7. Show familiarity with advanced particle processing topics


Topics to be covered in this course include:Part A

  • Particle Processing Fundamentals
  • Particle characterisation, including particle size, shape and surface charge.
  • Particle packing, segregation and sampling.
  • Colloidal suspension stability, including surfactant adsorption.
  • Emulsion formation and stability.

Part B

  • Resources Engineering
  • Comminution and grinding.
  • Particle transport and storage.
  • Particle separation.
  • Flocculation and agglomeration.


This course has similarities to CHEE2940. If you have successfully completed CHEE2940, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CHEE1000 and ENGG1500.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment #1

Written Assignment: Assignment #2

Written Assignment: Assignment #3

Written Assignment: Assignment #4

Quiz: Mid-Semester Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term