Chemical Engineering for Scientists

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours 20.5



This course has been specifically designed for those with a science background, who want to understand more about chemical engineering and how to apply the methods to their day-to-day role. It reveals the mind-set of chemical engineering, examining the core concepts and key features of the discipline.

Particular emphasis will be placed on conveying concepts of practical engineering design and operation.

This is an interactive course, involving problem-based learning techniques to convey key concepts.

You will receive a copy of Data for Chemical Engineering Students, an essential concepts, principles and formulae booklet.

Learning outcomes

The course will help you to take on a professional role that involves aspects of chemical engineering and enable you to communicate and collaborate more effectively with chemical and process engineers.

It will help you to understand:

  • the factors that distinguish chemical engineers from scientists
  • how your scientific knowledge relates to chemical engineering
  • the operating principles for the common unit operations
  • how to demonstrate an engineer's problem-solving approach 
  • the principles of heat, mass, and momentum transfer, and how to solve simple problems
  • basic conceptual process design and flow-sheeting
  • the principles of mass and energy balances and how to solve simple problems
  • the principles of reactor design
  • key aspects of process control
  • the various approaches to process safety
  • the concept of process equipment scale-up and how to apply this to simple problems.

Who will benefit

  • Chemists
  • Physicists
  • Biologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Research scientists
  • Environmental scientists

Course outline

  • What is chemical engineering and what is unique about chemical engineering?
  • Engineering concepts
  • The engineering approach to problem-solving
  • Transport processes – heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid dynamics
  • Essential chemistry – the aspects that are essential to chemical engineers
  • Initial design steps – identifying a process route, basic conceptual process design and flow-sheeting
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Reactor design
  • Separation processes
  • Process control
  • Process safety
  • Scale-up
  • Sustainability

In-company delivery

This course is available for in-company delivery, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. Request a quotation.

Associated course

Chemical Engineering for Other Engineers

An opportunity for engineers from non-chemical backgrounds to learn about the chemical engineering discipline.

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