Chapter 4The Roles and Responsibilities of Chemical Engineers

byDavid R. Shonnard

4.1 Introduction

Many chemical engineers design and operate large-scale and complex chemical production facilities supplying diverse chemical products to society. In performing these functions, a chemical engineer will likely assume a number of roles during a career. The engineer may become involved in raw materials extraction, intermediate materials processing, or production of pure chemical substances; in each activity, the minimization and management of waste streams will have important economic and environmental consequences. Chemical engineers are involved in the production of bulk and specialty chemicals, petrochemicals, integrated circuits, pulp and paper, ...

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