Chemical Engineering

Chemical products and processes discovered in the lab have to be scaled up for the industrial plant in order to give them commercial importance. Scaling up was traditionally carried out by chemists—often industrial chemists specially trained in the chemistry of industrial processes—working with mechanical engineers. The notion of a new kind of engineer, one who understood both chemical processes and mechanical equipment, was first broached in England around 1880. The idea first took firm root, however, in the United States in the 1890s.

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