Chemical Engineering is a discipline concerned with developing processes and designing and operating plants to change materials’ physical or chemical states in order to create added value. It deals with the technology of large-scale chemical production and the manufacture of products through chemical processes in an economical and safe manner.
Chemical engineers have the chance to work in the development of new products, production devices and equipment, in design and installation, investigation of factories’ safety and efficiency, and in sales and marketing departments. They may establish their own enterprises and thereby create high-end technology using the raw materials available in their countries. The products of interest cover a wide range including plastics and resins, paints and electro-coatings, soaps and detergents, half-conductors, integrated circuits, CD and computer chips, ceramics, cement, polymer composites, petrol and petrochemical products, synthetic fibers, textile, cosmetics, catalysts, biomedical devices and systems, gene technology, medicine, enzymes and yeasts, food and other materials used in daily life. In these respects, chemical engineers act as a bridge between chemists and industry.
İYTE Department of Chemical Engineering trains chemical engineers that can fulfill the population’s needs with its computerized laboratories of the latest technology; realize cooperation with the industry by administering project-based, student centered active education.
The Department which offers undergraduate, master`s and Ph. D. programs gives priority to a good education supported by research. Student to faculty ratio is kept low to assure that each student’s progress is being supervised throughout their studies.
The undergraduate curriculum which is built on the basic sciences and other branches of engineering to accomplish these objectives is structured in such a way that students can specialize in one of the four areas:
- Product and Process Engineering
- Biotechnology and Bioprocess engineering
- Environmental and Energy Technologies
- Materials and Surface Science
Besides to the 40-business-day compulsory industry internship, students have been found the opportunity to work in industry on one day a week in a semester by enrolling the COOP program in chemical engineering education at Izmir Institute of Technology.
Emphasis is high on the graduate education in Master of Science and the Doctorate Degree programmes which is one of the major reasons for the foundation of Izmir Institute of Technology. The research efforts are fundamental in nature, that is, each of the faculty focuses on understanding the basic chemical, physical, and biological phenomena that underlie the engineering research problem under consideration. Also research projects on new grounds in engineering science and development of new technologies are investigated for the solution of important industrial problems. Current research topics cover various areas of bioengineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, pollution control, energy technologies, catalyst reaction engineering, chemical technologies, composite materials, microporous materials, polymer science and technology, process control and transport.