Chemical engineering

Definition

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the processes (production, transformation, transportation and usage) necessary to produce useful materials and energy. Chemical engineers apply knowledge from the physical and biological sciences as well as mathematics and economics.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Andrew Livingston (Imperial College London) and Richard Baker (Membrane Technology and Research) talk to Nature Materials about the perks and pitfalls of membrane research and development, and how activities at the new Barrer Centre might lead to next-generation separation technologies.

    Nature Materials 16, 280–282
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Membrane materials provide economical means to achieve various separation processes — and their capabilities for processing organic fluids look set to expand significantly.

    • Ryan P. Lively
    •  & David S. Sholl
    Nature Materials 16, 276–279
  • Editorial |

    The development of new membrane materials for chemical separations is progressing rapidly, and their commercial success will require a more concerted effort from academia and industry.

  • Editorial |

    Nanomaterials research must overcome the issue of scalability if it is to make a tangible impact in the real world.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Climate change mitigation requires gigatonne-scale CO2 removal technologies, yet few examples exist beyond niche markets. The flexibility of thermochemical conversion of biomass and fossil energy, coupled with carbon capture and storage, offers a route to commercializing carbon-negative energy.

    • Daniel L. Sanchez
    •  & Daniel M. Kammen
    Nature Energy 1, 15002