Chemical Engineering: Is it Right for me? - How it Started, Where it's Going.

| April 19, 2017

article image
The third discipline is: chemical engineering! In this video I attempt to help students answer the questions: is chemical engineering right for me and is chemical engineering a good major & is it worth it? I start by exploring events where chemical engineering may originate from and end with where I think chemical engineering is going. My hopes are that this video will show potential students what chemical engineering is all about, why it’s important & exciting, what the classes are like, and how it has developed and evolved.

Spotlight

Materia

Materia develops and manufactures catalysts and advanced materials that solve complex problems facing today’s chemical, electronic, energy, industrial, pharmaceutical, and transportation companies. With applications ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to subsea oil & gas production to structural composites, Materia’s Grubbs Catalyst® technology and Proxima® polymer platform create differentiated value for its customers. For more information, visit: www.materia-inc.com. metathesis, catalysis, thermosets, advanced materials, polymer, resin

OTHER ARTICLES

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY IN 2020 & BEYOND

Article | March 3, 2020

Sustainability fervor – which has been building in importance over the past few years – has reached a new height in 2020. Chemical industry leaders made lofty statements at the World Economic Forum in Davos about the importance of engaging in sustainable development. Despite that, the chemicals industry is big, conservative, and typically slow to move. This raises the question: "What factors will really force change in the chemicals industry, and what does that change look like?" In this blog, we examine three possible drivers of change – carbon taxes, investor pressure, and supply chain pressure – and discuss their possible implications. We specifically focus on chemical companies, as highly carbon-intensive industries like cement and steel face a very different picture with respect to sustainability challenges.

Read More

More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises

Article | June 27, 2021

SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmental future. In a follow-up post – which I will publish on Thursday, 1 July – I will offer some suggestions about how we can avoid an outcome that nobody of course wants.Both posts are meant to be provocative, challenging and controversial because only through debate, and sometimes outright argument, will we get to the answers. If you disagree after either or both posts have been published, great, that would be good. In fact, I would love to hear from you whatever your views at john.richardson@icis.com. The petrochemicals industry can do this; we can fix this if we create the right forums for ideas and then solutions. Let me provide the background first. Let me start by examining developments in the refinery industry and the implications for petrochemicals as important background. Then I will look at a sample of ICIS petrochemicals demand growth forecasts for 2020-2040. I will conclude by providing the bleakest of bleak outcomes for the world in 2025

Read More

The pandemic, climate change, plastic waste and the great divide: the world in 2025

Article | June 13, 2021

NOBODY SHOULD be surprised that the developing world has fallen behind in the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as the region is a long way from recovering from the pandemic.Evidence to this effect emerged last week in comments made by Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). “In many emerging and developing economies, emissions are heading upwards while clean energy investments are faltering, creating a dangerous fault line in global efforts to reach climate and sustainable energy goals,” said Birol. At the current rate, carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries largely in Asia, Africa and Latin America are set to increase by 5bn tonnes/year over the next two decades, according to the IEA, as access to power increases.At present, around 785m people worldwide have no access to electricity. There are also 2.6bn people without access to clean cooking options.

Read More

Global polyolefins for the rest of 2021: supply to lengthen as demand muddle continues

Article | May 2, 2021

SOMEHOW, despite the still very serious container freight shortages that have limited imports, buying sentiment seems to have weakened in the European polyolefins market, according to my outstanding ICIS colleague, Linda Naylor.

Read More

Spotlight

Materia

Materia develops and manufactures catalysts and advanced materials that solve complex problems facing today’s chemical, electronic, energy, industrial, pharmaceutical, and transportation companies. With applications ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to subsea oil & gas production to structural composites, Materia’s Grubbs Catalyst® technology and Proxima® polymer platform create differentiated value for its customers. For more information, visit: www.materia-inc.com. metathesis, catalysis, thermosets, advanced materials, polymer, resin

Events