Field of study
Chemists and chemical engineers are versatile and their chosen field overlaps significantly with other fields (for example, physics, mathematics, biology, material science, mechanical engineering, earth sciences, aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering).
In the Molecular Science & Technology programme, these specialisms are clearly visible. One focuses on chemical processes and products and the other on making new molecules for medicines, etc. New materials have an important role to play in the development of many innovations.
Chemical Processes and Products
When upscaling from the laboratory to a real factory, we use mathematical models, for which knowledge of multiphase reactors, fluidised beds, fermenters, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics plays an important role. This provides just some indication of how this field combines various disciplines such as chemistry, physics and mathematics, but also biotechnology for the design of fermentation processes.
Making New Molecules
This field focuses on making (synthesising) new compounds, analysing chemicals and understanding how a compound is formed. Fundamental research is important for creating new molecules, which have new functional properties and which we can apply in medicine or use in everyday life.
Knowledge of the structure and properties of materials plays an important role in the field of Molecular Science and Technology. This applies when making new materials for the storage of new energy, semiconductors for solar cells, catalysts (to accelerate reactions), but also for biomedical applications.
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