Chemical and process engineers transform bulk raw materials into processed, marketable products by chemical, physical or biological means. They take the experiments that a scientist performs in the laboratory and operate them on a commercial scale taking into account economics, safety and sustainability. Some may also be involved in the research and development of new products and processes, such as those in nanotechnology, biotechnology or advanced materials.
The profession combines chemistry and engineering concepts to help solve problems related to the pollution of our environment, meeting demands for energy and food, and creating new materials.
Chemical and process engineers design, operate and optimise processes for adding value to raw materials. They work in areas such as oil and gas, renewable energy, biofuel production, environmental control, fermentation, waste treatment, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.