Department of Chemical Engineering
What is Chemical Engineering?
The basis of this course is “Chemical Engineering”. What is chemical engineering like?
All materials are in one of three states: gas, liquid, or solid. Chemical engineering has been developing and improving manufacturing processes where gases, liquids and solids are mixed, reacted, and separated.
Structure of Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineering is composed of physical chemistry, reaction engineering, biochemical engineering, mass transfer engineering, thermal engineering, fluid engineering, equipment design engineering, and process system engineering. When you handle materials, first you have to know their characteristics. Physical chemistry is the study of the properties of materials. It is easy to mix, react, or separate materials in a test tube or flask, but it becomes very difficult under high temperature or pressure, or in large equipment. Reaction engineering is the study of reactions within industrial equipment, and biochemical engineering is the study of production of useful materials with biotechnology. Finally, mass transfer engineering is the study of the mixture and separation of materials.
It is necessary to heat, cool, and transport materials for the purposes of mixture, separation and reaction. The study of heat energy is called thermal engineering, while the study of the motion of materials is called fluid engineering.
Additionally, the actual manufacturing of products requires technologies to design the shape and size of the equipment and the material for mixture, separation and reaction (a science known as equipment design engineering), and technologies to manufacture products in the factory (a science known as process system engineering).
Development of Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering has been developing new materials such as biochemical materials, electronic materials, new catalysts, etc., and their production technologies and highly advanced separation technologies. Further, its coverage is going to become wider from designing of equipment to the development of computer science including artificial intelligence and simulation technologies. For example, research and development on biotechnology and bioengineering including solutions of energy and environment problems and artificial organs by considering the earth or biochemical body as a factory where materials are mixed, reacted and separated. As described above, Chemical Engineering has become a key technology for technological innovation and problem solving.
In the Chemical Engineering course, seniors with a basis in chemical engineering have already achieved much success in research regarding these fields. We are expecting more developments to be made in future eras.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kyushu University Ito Campus West 4 building
744 Motooka Nishi-ku Fukuoka 819-0395 JAPAN
Fukuoka Airport →(Subway Kuko Line)→Meinohama Station (Transfer JR Chikuhi Line) →Kyudai-Gakkentoshi Station→Showa Bus→Ito Campus
*Alternatively, board a train bound for NishiKaratsu or Chikuzen-Maebaru, which eliminates the need to transfer at Meinohama Station.
Fukuoka Airport →(Subway Kuko Line)→Hakata Station→Nishitetsu Bus→Ito Campus
JR Hakata Station→(Subway Kuko Line)→Meinohama Station (*Please see “Airplane” above.)
JR Hakata Station→Nishitetsu Bus→Ito Campus
Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Station →(Subway Kuko Line) →Meinohama Station(*Please see “Airplane” above.)
Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Station →Nishitetsu Bus →Ito Campus