Chemistry is the study of the physical
atoms within compounds and molecules including
both the synthesis and physical properties of the
compounds. Chemical Engineering is the study of
applying chemical and physical processes to
perform real-world tasks. For example, the Haber
Bosch process for making ammonia was invented by
two chemists. However, a practical ammonia
manufacturing factory is designed in concert with
a chemical engineer. The engineer determines the
efficiency, waste products procedure and
techniques against the cost of the process and its
sustainability and reliability as well as other
objective measures. In a sense, the engineer takes
a raw process or reaction and proceeds to make a
practical application from it. (Chemical
engineers, not chemists design batteries...
although chemists typically find new anode/cathode
reactants for potential storage battery
systems. This is necessarily a bit a
generalization, chemists and chemical engineers
overlap in several areas.
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