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What exactly does a chemical engineer do?

I have a general understanding of a chemical engineer's role. Correct me if I am wrong, but chemical engineers apply scientific principles to develop process related to the production of materials. Could someone please give me a specific example of what this entails? What kinds of materials do chemical engineers produce and what basic scientific principles apply? I am interested in an engineering undergrad, but I'm not sure which field of engineer is best for me. I love math and chemistry, but I don't find physics very interesting.

Asked By: Seasoned-vet'ran - 6/22/2011
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Answered By: m w - 6/22/2011
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Answered By: Leonard - 6/22/2011
 
Take a chemical engineer working at a refinery. A refinery takes crude oil and thermally cracks it into 80 or more products like propane, diesel, gasoline, machine oil, asphalt, grease etc. These products come from knowing where to distill the factions coming off from the heated crude and where to add makeup hydrogen... More
Answered By: biire2u - 6/22/2011
 
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