The department of Chemical Engineering was established in the year 2004. The department offers B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) from the academic year 2004–2005, and M.Tech (Environmental Science and Technology) from the academic year 2014–2015. In 2011, the Department had been recognized as a Centre for Research, by Anna University to offer Ph.D. and M.S.(by Research) programmes in collaboration with Anna University.
Chemical Engineering is one of the most popular branches of engineering which deals with the large-scale production of chemicals. Chemical Engineers apply both the knowledge of chemistry and the principles of engineering in the chemical industry and thus forming a bridge between science and manufacturing. They are involved in a wide variety of activities like equipment designing, process development for chemical manufacturing on a large scale, planning, testing various ways of production and treatment of by-products as well as the supervision of manufacturing activities.
The Chemical Engineers (also called as Process Engineers) work in the various aspects of varieties of industries such as: chemicals, petroleum and petrochemicals, bio-chemicals, food preservation, pharmaceuticals, electronic materials, materials of every day life, energy, environment, etc.
The education of the chemical engineer includes a strong sequence of chemistry courses in addition to mathematics, physics, and the engineering sciences. Students also study subjects relating to processes, machinery, and plants used in chemical industries. This intensive study of both engineering and science provides a basis for the graduating student to conduct research, improve processes or materials, develop and design plants, or direct operations of industrial plants involving chemical methods.Chemical Engineering curriculum consists of the following core courses: Chemical Technology, Process Calculations, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Operations, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Reaction Engineering, Process Control, Economics, Equipment design.
The department has highly qualified faculty, many of them are with Ph.D degree. Faculty are doing research (besides teaching) in the areas of nano materials, preparation of chemicals from waste materials, natural product extraction, photocatalysis, ionic compounds, etc. The research works are published in reputed journals and conferences. The department has the state-of-art laboratory equipments, modern analytical instruments (GC, HPLC, AAS, UV-Vis, etc) and chemical engineering softwares (ChemCAD, AspenPlus) for carrying out research programme.
The department periodically organizes workshops, training programmes, and conferences in many emerging areas. Industrial visits and tours are arranged periodically to help the students. Students are encouraged to undergo in-plant training. Personality development training programmes are conducted in third and final year of study so as to equip the students for placement. Guidance is given for competitive exams such as GATE, GRE, etc.