Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical engineering or process engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering science that has evolved in the field of tension between mechanical engineering, technical physics, mathematics, and physical and technical chemistry. The task of chemical engineers is to convert naturally occurring substances into products with new, specific properties using physical, chemical and biological processes.

Study Contents:
  • Mathematics and natural sciences (chemistry, physics)

  • Engineering (design, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics)

Unit operations and processes in process  engineering
  • Mechanical process engineering (crushing, separating, mixing, etc.)

  • Thermal process engineering (distillation, extraction, drying, etc.)

  • Chemical process engineering (chemical reactions, catalysis, etc.)

Bachelor curriculum

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What does a chemical engineer do?
  • plans and designs apparatuses such as heat exchangers, furnaces, dryers, distillation columns, grinders, and dust separators
  • plans and designs plants for material conversion, for example for ammonia synthesis, for the processing of crude oil, for the production of foods and pharmaceuticals, for keeping air and water clean, etc.
  • manages production plants
  • works in the sales department of apparatus and plant engineering or in the administration and organisation of relevant companies or with relevant trade associations
  • assumes control and monitoring tasks concerning technical safety, disposal and environmental protection
  • develops new methods and works on problems of applied and basic research