Chemical engineering contributes to various aspects of human life, ranging from the production of food and energy; to the provision of clean water and sanitation; to the provision of shelter and health care; and other value-added commodities using chemical, biological and physico-chemical processes. Sadly, unintended by-products of these processes have caused significant damage to human lives and the ecosystem. The training provided in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria equip our graduates with the required skills that could be directed at eliminating or minimising the negative ecological footprints of unsustainable chemical engineering activities by closing the material cycles and creating value-added commodities from the waste products of these processes using green and sustainable processes as illustrated below.
Furthermore, the training is interdisciplinary aiming at developing and producing graduates with critical thinking ability to provide solutions to the societal problems confronting South Africa, Africa and the world at large. Our lecturers and researchers have excellent academic credentials alloyed with a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide sustainable training to our graduates. The Department is equally equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support our academic and research programmes.