What is chemical engineering


Chemical and Process Engineering in a broad definition, is design and development of processes to produce, transform, and transport materials — beginning with experimentation in the laboratory followed by the implementation of the technology in full-scale production. Chemical and process engineers are in great demand within the numerous industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. Traditionally linked to chemical manufacturing, fuel and energy related industries, today’s chemical and process engineers are spearheading new developments in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions. The unique training of the chemical and process engineer becomes essential in these areas when processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter, as it is necessary to have a complete and quantitative understanding of both the engineering and scientific principles underlying these technological processes. This is reflected in the curriculum of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Moratuwa, which includes the study of applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy and mass transfer, separations technologies, chemical reaction kinetics, and reactor design, and process design. These courses are built on a foundation in the sciences of chemistry, physics, and biology. The breadth and depth of training in chemical and process engineering allows graduates to work in manufacturing industries, academia, consulting, law, medicine, finance, IT, and many other fields.