Chemical Engineering

The following description is aimed at people who don't know much about Chemical Engineering. My link collection, however, mainly targets Chemical Engineers and Chemical Engineering students.

The most obvious thing Chemical Engineers do, is designing and sometimes building chemical plants. The products from such plants include fuels, fertilizers, paints, pharmaceuticals, adhesives and cosmetics, and a lot more.

As a precondition to design plants, Chemical Engineers investigate the chemical and physical processes which should take place in the plants. These processes, in turn, depend on the properties of the substances which will be involved. Both the substances and the processes which are applied to them interact, sometimes in very surprising ways.

Properties of substances are their capacity to absorb heat or their potential to interact with other substances. Depending on the purpose, important properties can also be the color or the hardness of a substance. Again, these are examples.

Processes may involve heat transfer or the flow of substances through pipes, or separations like filtration and distillation. Probably most interesting, especially for Chemical Engineers, are chemical reactions. Here, substances interact with each other in order to form new substances.

Apart from understanding the chemical and physical processes and combine them in a useful way, Chemical Engineers must be able to communicate, not only with each other or their employers, but also, at least indirectly, with those who are affected by a process or a factory where this process is carried out.

Here's a much longer description of what a Chemical Engineer is and what he/she does.

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