How can you produce plastics on a large scale? How can you ensure clean, safe and efficient factories? Can you generate electricity with the human body?
Chemical engineers work on the production of chemicals at industrial scale. The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen will prepare you towards this profession. You will learn to deal with chemical processes on a large scale, to develop new chemical products and to 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 processes, 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 programme in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both programmes 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.
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.
The combination of different fields makes it interesting
'When you think of Philips you think of devices, but innovation has a much broader focus nowadays. Chemistry also plays a very important role. We are currently researching ways to improve scanners in hospitals by using molecular imaging.
We make use of modified biomolecules to improve the visibility of abnormalities in the human body, such as cancer cells, which will light up during a scan. This way we hope to find cancer or heart diseases at a much earlier phase. This kind of research hands us starting points for new therapies. The combination of chemical research and medical application makes my work incredibly fascinating. It is a field of work which never bores and includes a lot of challenges, and where I can apply all of the courses which I had during my studies. I also like the fact that my work includes cooperation with people from a lot of different fields.'
Marc Robillard, Senior scientist at Philips Research
Challenging, but interesting!
'I'm loving it here. The pace of study took some time to get used to, because each tutorial discusses a whole chapter of our study book. But you'll be fine as long as you attend all the lectures, which deal with all the material for the exam.
I especially enjoyed Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecules, which are all about reactions and how they work. I find subjects like Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy challenging, but very interesting. Alongside my studies I am a member of the rowing club Aegir, where I also stop in occasionally for drinks. I’m sharing a flat with two friends from secondary school, which is fantastic! We often eat together or go out to play sports.’