How can you increase the sustainability of a chemical process? How can you make useful products from biomass waste?
How can you design a catalyst to convert the greenhouse gas CO2 into a biodegradable polymer? How can you use electricity to generate hydrogen from water? How can you recycle used car tyres into a waterproof rubber coating? How can you develop a new polymer that helps oil recovery from underground reservoirs?
These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Groningen. The two-year programme offers a core programme and then the choice between four specialisations: Advanced Process Technology, Bio-based Products, Industrial Catalysis and Polymeric Products.
Your research project will take place in one of our research groups in the field of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Product Technology. The Green Chemical Reaction Engineering group investigates the development of highly intensified catalytic technology for biomass conversion to biofuels and biobased chemicals. The Chemical Product Technology group performs research for the design of new or improved chemical products. Particular attention is devoted to the development of new catalytic systems and of polymeric products for specific applications. These activities are generally framed in a comprehensive sustainability context.
The unique feature of studying this Master programme at the University of Groningen is the combination of a wide range of Chemical Engineering topics with a solid background in Chemistry and a focus on Sustainability, which will allow you to become a modern chemical engineer that is well versed in both Product and Process Technology.
The teaching style at the university far exceeds my expectations
In Groningen I got introduced to a new way of teaching and studying. The teaching style at the university far exceeds my expectations. The Chemical Engineering programme is far more practical and requires more independence, compared to what I'm used to in China. This way we learn things you just can't learn by simply reading study books. Yes, I would certainly recommend studying Chemical Engineering in Groningen to other students in China!
When you get here for the very first times there's a welcoming ceremony for international students. During my welcoming ceremony we had a student-assistant who took us for a walk around the campus, so we could get familiar with the place where we would study. At this point there are 6 international students in our class. We are all friends now, and not only work together in projects but also hang out together in our spare time.