Saving the Environment

Chemical engineers meet environmental challenges. Their unique expertise enables them to develop advanced technologies, monitoring devices, modeling techniques, and operating strategies that

  • Reduce the volume and toxicity of pollutants allowed to enter the air, waterways, and soil;
  • Significantly reduce the negative environmental impact of industrial facilities, power plants, and transportation vehicles; and
  • Allow greater reuse of post-consumer and post-industrial waste streams.

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Many of the technologies that combat pollution were created by chemical engineers. Thanks to new processes, more post-consumer waste is being reused and industrial side products are being reprocessed. The result is cleaner water and air.
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There are many chemical engineers whose ideas and inventions have made a difference in our environment today. Among them are Lawrence K. Cecil, Joseph DeSimone, Enrique Iglesia, Kam Sirkar, Walter Weber, Jr., and Ralph Yang.
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Chemical engineers are helping to foster sustainable development and fight global warming by designing processes that produce biofuels. They are also developing techniques to remove hazardous materials from waste streams.
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