Professor Hammond’s courses try to provide students with a rigorous, challenging learning environment by emphasizing the mathematics, physics, and chemistry of the phenomena they are studying, while simultaneously giving them an appreciation for some of the applications of the models they study.

Subjects Taught

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

While chemical engineering thermodynamics is universally described as extremely challenging, it is nonetheless one of the most important subjects for chemical engineers. In addition, the subject of phase equilibrium—the primary topic of the second course in thermodynamics—is a topic that differentiates chemical engineers from nearly all other majors (engineering or otherwise), in that chemical engineering is typically the only discipline to emphasize or require it in any level of detail.

Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

While this course title sounds like it would be pure academic torture, most agreed that it was both interesting and enjoyable. The topic is statistical mechanics, specifically how concepts like momentum, position, kinetic and potential energy, and so forth—atomic-level concepts—connect to things like internal energy, enthalpy, Gibbs free energy, diffusion, Fourier’s Law, and so on—macroscopic, empirically-derived phenomena. If you’ve ever asked why the Second Law of Thermodynamics exists, you might find this course interesting. If you’ve ever wondered how Newton’s Laws—which are perfectly time-reversible—can lead to irreversible behavior, this class will discuss that very question. If you’ve ever wondered why we associate infrared radiation with heat, then you might learn why by taking this course.


MU Chemical Engineering

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