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Support Our Labs

Lab instruction is critical to the learning and success of our students. The semesters spent in the chemical engineering Unit Operations (UO) lab gives students real-world experiences that prepare them for their future careers. Your support of our UO lab directly impacts the quality of education offered here at USC.

How do UO labs enhance a student's experience?

At the College of Engineering and Computing, chemical engineering students spend at least two full semesters performing experiments in the Unit Operations, or OU, lab. Students learn to harness and modify processes, energy, materials and information.  

Please take a minute to watch the short video on the right of this webpage which discusses the importance of lab instruction, details examples of experiments students might encounter and explains how you can help improve the UO lab.

After watching the video, you'll have a better understanding of the obstacles facing the UO lab. Our students are only as good as the education they receive and that depends a lot on the technology in our lab. We need your help to improve lab instruction for our chemical engineering students. We would like to enhance the experiments preformed in the lab which, in most cases, will require new equipment from reactors to distillation columns.

How to Give

Giving to the Unit Operations Lab fund is easy. Find out how to give here.

Our Goal

Raising $2-million would allow the chemical engineering department to install six new experiments or modules as well as make necessary upgrades to several existing modules.

Our Equipment Needs

Here's a full list of all the needed experiments including their breakdown of costs.

Heat exchange with distributed control network - $67,800
Heat conduction - $14,000
Radiant heat transfer - $29,600
Unsteady state heart transfer - $14,500
Free and forced convection - $17,300

Liquid/Liquid Extraction - $93,000
Crystalization - $44,000
Adsorption-CO2 Pressure Swing Adsorber - $25,000
Gas Permeation - $15,4000
Mixing studies - $21,900
Gas Chromotrography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) - $21,000
Diffusion Coefficient measurement - $14,500
Continuous Distillation Column - $171,000
Evaporator - $347,000
Corrosion Study Apparatus - $32,700
Ion Exchange - $20,600
Wetted Wall Gas Absorption - $54,000
Drying, Tray Dryer with computer control - $32,500
Spray Drier - $54,800
Gas Absorption Column - $55,000
Cooling Tower, computer controlled - $26,500

Othmer Still - Vapor Liquid Equilibrium - $15,000
Temperature Measurement and Calibration - $33,000
Pressure Measurement and Calibration - $16,900
Flow Measurement and Calibration - $21,000
Air conditioning - $120,000

Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) - $123,000
Catalytic Reactors -  Gas Phase - $53,000
Bio Fuel - $37,000
Fermentation - $43,000
Anaerobic Tank Reactor - $81,000

Four-Water Tank Interacting System - $17,600
Multifunction Process Control Teaching System - $81,500


Fluid Friction Measurements - $28,700
Pipe Surge and Water Hammer Apparatus - $16,500
Pipe Network/Component Characterization Apparatus - $31,500
Instrumentation Calibration Station - $31,600
Bernoulli's Principal Apparatus - $14,300
Packed and Fluidized Bed Apparatus - $20,000
Pump Experiment - $44,500


Donations, of any size, could help us purchase the equipment needed to implement this module or a list of other experiments that would enhance a student's lab experience.

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