What Is a PhD in Chemical Engineering?


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A Ph.D. in chemical engineering is a high-level academic achievement that awards the title of "doctor of philosophy in chemical engineering." Doctoral degrees are awarded when a student has completed an undergraduate degree, a master's degree and the requirements for earning a Ph.D.

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What Is a PhD in Chemical Engineering?
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Students who earn doctorates are expected to initiate new ideas and projects that contribute to the knowledge base of their fields. The doctorate is the highest academic degree that can be earned in the United States.

Chemical engineering joins the study of chemistry and physics with life sciences, including biology and biochemistry, math and economics. The purpose of chemical engineering is to make proper use of energy and materials. Engineers in the field observe and use processes to convert raw materials into other forms.

Individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in chemical engineering sometimes work as process engineers. In this field, engineers design and adjust manufacturing processes involving chemical substances. A process engineer is responsible for designing better ways of manufacturing that increase productivity while producing safe products. Chemical engineers also work in aeronautics, particularly focusing on fuel. They sometimes work in medical fields in areas such as mapping the human gene set. They often are researchers or educators. As of 2014, advancements in the field of computer science have aided chemical engineers by automating some calculations.

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