Chemical Engineering for Scientists - April 2019

Date From: 02 April 2019
Date To: 04 April 2019
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Introduces those with a science background to the core concepts and key features of chemical engineering and how to apply the methods to their day-to-day role.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Rugby, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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Alternative date

20-22 November 2018, Rugby, UK


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.

Not a scientist? Our Chemical Engineering for Other Engineers course may be more helpful.

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

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


  • IChemE member: £1500 + VAT
  • Non-member: £1750 + VAT

Courses presenter

Dr Jamie Cleaver, PhD, CEng, FIChemE, consultant

Jamie is a chemical engineer who specialises in training and facilitation. His main training activities include conveying chemical engineering to non-chemical engineers, and helping technical professionals to develop their key skills of communication, teamwork, leadership, mentoring and creative problem-solving.

Jamie received his first degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, followed by his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He embarked on a successful research career as a Post-Doc, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey. Throughout his academic work, Jamie collaborated closely with industry, gaining experience of the related technical, commercial, and inter-personal challenges. Jamie currently works on a freelance basis for companies, institutions and universities. An Associate Tutor post at the University of Surrey enables him to maintain a contribution to teaching and research.

Duration for CPD recording purposes: up to 20.5 hours.

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