Can biobased plastics be produced on a large scale? Can we convert CO2 into useful chemical products? How can you ensure that factories operate in a clean, safe, and efficient way?
Chemical engineers work on the production of chemicals at an industrial scale. The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen will prepare you for this profession. You will learn to deal with chemical processes on a large scale, develop new chemical products, and design improved catalysts for the targeted reactions. At the same time, you will learn to evaluate and improve the safety and sustainability of chemical processes. Along the way, you will be also stimulated to develop your critical thinking skills and your problem-solving attitude.
The fascinating thing about Chemical Engineering is that you will be involved in the development of new products but you will also think about the production process and about the catalyst that is needed to promote the reaction. A Chemical Engineer is concerned with the entire development of a new product or process, from A to Z. This means you will learn much more than just how chemical reactions work. Chemical Engineers at the University of Groningen, for example, have developed a new process for the production of biodiesels as well as new polymeric products for the oil industry and for high-tech applications.
Choose Groningen and you can't go wrong!
Groningen is the only University where you can study both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you find it hard to choose between a Bachelor's degree program in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both programs is identical so you don't have to make a definite choice until your second year. It's very likely that you don't yet know which specialization to choose, so you won't have to decide until the second year.
Why study this program in Groningen?
The Chemical Engineering program in Groningen is unique due to the close connection with the Chemistry program. The first year of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is common and you can switch between the two in the entire first year.
Our research is among the finest in the world. The University's materials research institute ranks in the top-10 worldwide.
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Groningen are the home of 2016 Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, who has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor.