Chemical Engineering in Context
Society can associate civil engineers with huge new building complexes and bridges, electronic and electrical engineers with telecommunications and power generation, and mechanical engineers with advanced machinery and automobiles. However, chemical engineers have no obvious monuments which create an immediate awareness of the discipline in the public mind. Nevertheless, the range of products in daily use which are efficiently produced as a result of the application of chemical engineering expertise is enormous. The list given in table 1.1 is not exhaustive, and any reader who grasps the key element, which involves the conversion of raw materials into a useful product, will be able to extend it. Although the products are unglamorous, the creation and operation of cost-effective processes to produce them is often challenging and exciting.
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