JOB DESCRIPTION: A chemical engineer is a person who worksChemicals.jpg in the production of chemicals and many other products that require chemical processing. They use the theories and laws of chemistry to develop industrial chemical processes. Chemical Engineers not only produce chemicals but they also carry out a variety of different tasks, like testing the safety and efficiency of a chemical product. They have to work very carefully and make no mistakes that can harm the public. Chemical Engineering is a very demanding job and is highly craved by many in the national community of the United States of America.


Qualifications:There is one degree held by a Chemical Engineer that is needed. It is a Bachelers of Science in Chemical Engineering. you can obtain one of these degrees by going to one of the many colleges in the U.S or studying the subject abroad. Another degree that can be helpful is a Masters of Chemical Engineering, that degree can get you a higher pay and better oppertunities in the future, and can be obtained as an extension of the B.S in Chemical Engineering.. More requirements to being a successful Chemical Engineer are experience and a knowledge of the field of work. You can gain both of these when you intern at a major chemical production/processing plant under the Engineer Manager or any of the other Chemical Engineers. Chemical Engineers are very educated.
pros-and-cons.jpgPROS AND CONS:
Some of the great apects of Chemical Engineering are:
1) A steady pay with oppertunities for bonuses
2) Many different work environments (it won't get boring)
3) My hours are based on how fast I get my work done
4) If I move on to another job, I can find many others that require the same education
5) The work is always intellectually stimulating

Some of the bad parts of Chemical engineering are:
1) There is a possibility of working with dangerous chemicals
2) There isn't always an easy solution to a problem, you may have to work hours on end to fix it
3) There are some of degrees needed that can be stressful to obtain
4) The pay is not outstanding (no retiring early)
5) The hours of work during the week are not definite, you may not be able to see your family often



Uptake of a gas into the bulk of a liquid. Gas absorption takes place for example in the liquid of a scrubber tower where an up-streaming gas is washed by a down-going flow of a scrubber solution.


Attachment of a molecule or atom to a solid surface. Adsorption involves a chemical bond between the adsorbed species and the surface.

Arrhenius rate equation

Expression that relates the rate constant of a chemical reaction to the exponential of the temperature.

Brinkman equations

Extension of Darcy’s law in order to include the transport of momentum through shear in porous media flow.

Butler-Volmer equation

Expression that relates the reaction rate of an electron transfer reaction on an electrode surface to the exponential of the overpotential. The equation can be derived from the Arrhenius rate equation by accounting for the contribution of the electric potential to the activation energy.

boundary layer

Region in a fluid close to a solid surface. This region is characterized by large gradients in velocity and is often treated with approximative methods, because it is difficult to geometrically resolve the large gradients found there.

diffusion layer

Fictitious layer in a fluid close to a solid surface where a chemical reaction takes place. The flux of species perpendicular to the surface in this layer is dominated by diffusion.

Darcy’s law

Equation that gives the velocity vector as proportional to the pressure gradient. Often used to describe flow in porous media.


Migration of charged electrolyte ions in an electric field.


Onset of a flow due to the application of an external electric field or due to the formation of an electric field created by ion transport in membranes, for example.

Euler flow

Flow at high velocities, where incompressibility of the fluid is of importance whereas the influence of viscous momentum transport is negligible.

Fick’s law

The first law relates the concentration gradients to the diffusive flux of a solute infinitely diluted in a solvent. The second law introduces the first law into a differential material balance for the solute.

fully developed laminar flow

Laminar flow along a channel or pipe that only has velocity components in the main direction of the flow. The velocity profile perpendicular to the flow does not change downstream in the flow.

Maxwell-Stefan equations

Set of equations that describe the diffusion of solutes and solvent in a concentrated solution. In such a solution, the solutes interact with each other and with the solvent.

Navier-Stokes equations

Equations for the momentum balances coupled to the equation of continuity for a Newtonian incompressible fluid.

Nernst-Planck equation

Equation that describes the flux of an ion through diffusion, convection, and migration in an electric field. The equation is valid for diluted electrolytes.

Newtonian flow

Flow characterized by a constant viscosity or a viscosity that is independent of the shear rate in the fluid.

Poiseuille’s law

Equation that relates the mass rate of flow in a tube as proportional to the pressure difference per unit length and to the fourth power of the tube radius. The law is valid for fully developed laminar flow.


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About The Author:
Grant is a thirteen-year-old eighth grade boy who is currently attending Rye Middle School. This is his last year at that school and is currently achieving A+’s in Honors Science (Earth Science) and Language Arts, an A- in Social Studies and a B+ in Integrated Algebra (A ninth grade honors Regents course that succeeds the knowledge requirements for the Regents Test within the first semester). He will be attending Rye High School next year and hopes to be as successful there. Grant likes to play sports like football and basketball and is currently on three basketball teams (Tri-County, AAU and the school team). He hopes to be a Chemical Engineer when he grows up and has an interest in that field. He follows the quote by Jacob Riis for his work ethic, “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” He recently said, “My interpretation of that quote is simple. If you give something your best and put all of the hard work you can into it, you will succeed. Hard work is the rock hard foundation for the glorifying house of success.”