The Department of Chemical Engineering across various universities globally have the following concentration/thrust areas for research which are listed below.
Colloid and Interface Science
Colloid and interface science deals with multi-phase systems in which one or more phases are dispersed in a continuous phase of different composition or state. Classical colloid science deals with dispersions for which at least one dimension of a dispersed phase falls within about 1 and 1000 nm. In applied colloid science the upper size limit is commonly extended to at least 10,000 to 100,000 nm. Interface science deals with dispersions in which there is an extremely large interfacial area between two of the phases. The dispersed phases may be particles, droplets, or bubbles.This area China Tribological Coating Machine Manufacturersholds a lot of importance in industrials, environmental, biomedical and biotech applications.
The applications include applications include detergency, emulsification, and wetting; adhesives, coatings, and thin films; petrochemical processes; food, paint, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and photographic technologies; controlled-release of active ingredients in pharmaceuticals and consumer products; removal of trace contaminants from water sources; bioseparations; and biomedical applications including skin irritation and mitigation, and transdermal and oral drug delivery.
Some of the systems that can be studied are micellar solutions (surfactant-water systems), solutions of nanoparticles and surfactants, polymer-surfactant systems,pharmaceutical drugs, aerosols etc.
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
So we know chemical reactions occur. But how can a reactionChina Stainless Steel Sheet And Furniture Pvd Coating Machine Suppliers yield maximum product? How does it occur in an industry? The answer by all means lies in studying reactor design and reaction kinetics.
Chemical reactions lie in the heart of processes where molecules are transformed from raw materials to useful products. For the efficient and economic utilisation of such chemical transformations the domain where they are performed (the reactor) needs to be carefully designed accounting for kinetics, hydrodynamics, mass and heat transfer. Catalysis plays a significant role in many of these transformations, leading to more efficient, greener and more sustainable processing routes.
Often this area is integrated with a Surface Chemistry group too. This helps to study how reactions occur on the surface of catalysts.
Quite a lot is being studied about reactions in microreactors these days.
Some of the other interest areas include photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, catalytic pyrolysis etc.
Polymers and materials
Polymers are versatile because their properties are so wide-ranging. The versatility becomes more profound in the copolymers made from multiple precursors, and polymers compounded with filler materials. Research in polymers encompasses the chemical reactions of their formation, methods of processing them into products, means of modifying their physical properties, and the relationship between the properties and the underlying molecular and solid phase structure.
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