A multi-layered view of chemical and biochemical engineering

Rafiqul Gani*, Jerzy Bałdyga, Béatrice Biscans, Elisabetta Brunazzi, Jean-Claude Charpentier, Enrico Drioli, Hermann Feise, Andrew Furlong, Kevin M Van Geem, Jean-Charles de Hemptinne, Antoon J. B. ten Kate, Georgios M. Kontogeorgis, Flavio Manenti, Guy B. Marin, Seyed Soheil Mansouri, Patrick M. Piccione, Ana Povoa, Manuel Andres Rodrigo, Bent Sarup, Eva SorensenIsuru A. Udugama, John M. Woodley

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The contents of this article are based on the results of discussions the corresponding author has had since 2015 with the co-authors, who are members of academia and industry in Europe, on the scope and significance of chemical and biochemical engineering as a discipline. The result is a multi-layered view of chemical and biochemical engineering where the inner-layer deals with the fundamental principles and their application; the middle-layer deals with consolidation and expansion of the principles through a combination of science and engineering, leading to the development of sustainable technologies; and the outer-layer deals with integration of knowledge and collaboration with other disciplines to achieve a more sustainable society. Through this multi-layered view several important issues with respect to education, research and practice are highlighted together with current and future challenges and opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Pages (from-to)133-145
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Research
  • Education
  • Practice
  • Multi-layered view

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Gani, R., Bałdyga, J., Biscans, B., Brunazzi, E., Charpentier, J-C., Drioli, E., Feise, H., Furlong, A., Geem, K. M. V., Hemptinne, J-C. D., Kate, A. J. B. T., Kontogeorgis, G. M., Manenti, F., Marin, G. B., Mansouri, S. S., Piccione, P. M., Povoa, A., Rodrigo, M. A., Sarup, B., ... Woodley, J. M. (2020). A multi-layered view of chemical and biochemical engineering. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 155, 133-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2020.01.008