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WHAT IS CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING?

WHAT IS CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

The Chemical & Biochemical Engineering is the subject studying the development, design, operation and management of chemical, physical and biological processes to produce necessary substances required in cultural living of human from natural and biological resources. The integration of chemical engineering and biological engineering fields produced the Chemical & Biological Engineering. It is the new name of a study reflecting the trend of emerging fusion technologies in 21st century.

Conventional chemical engineering and biological engineering deal with the tasks of crude oil processing, plastic and synthetic fiber, synthetic rubber, separation of a gas from air, environmental problems, fertilizers and foods, isolation of isotopes and development of medicines and antibiotics, and these works provided us more wealthy and comfortable life. The current and future chemical &biological engineering prepares for a new momentum through the fusion of technologies. The chemical & biological engineering takes a major role in leading the future development through the nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy/environmental technology and fusion of these technologies, and the study will open the way to substantiate the future technologies in our actual living.

Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is focused as the advanced technology to lead the 21st century, and the studies of chemical & biological engineers are currently directed in various fields including semiconductor, display, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and advanced materials. The technology leads the development of very large scale integrated circuit by using the most important nano patterning technology.

In the age of information society, the development of new semiconductor technology as single molecular transistor, and development and commercialization of new display technology of organic electroluminescence (organic EL). Also, the technology of measuring and controlling of information by atomic level manipulation is developed into the level that could be utilized to provide medical diagnosis and treatment.

technologies, and the study will open the way to substantiate the future technologies in our actual living.

Biotechnology
Nanotechnology

Based upon the genome map that was completed at the end of 20th century, the technology took a pioneering role in revealing the structure of gene and the mystery of life to be used in the treatment of human diseases and to produce the useful materials. As its study fields, the most basic bioscience that reveals the mechanisms of life, artificial tissues as like artificial organs and skins, development of biomaterials as like alternative blood, bioinformatics, genetic manipulation technology to develop functional microorganisms and the enzyme technology for the large scale production of desired materials.

Information Technology
Nanotechnology

In the field of information technology, the design of electronic material is mainly the field of electronic engineering, but the important role of chemical & biochemical engineers is required in the circuit manufacturing process. In the manufacturing process of semiconductors, display, and sensors, the chemical engineering concepts of rheology, thermodynamics and chemical reaction engineering are utilized, and the design of chemical processes has to be achieved to acquire materials with desired rheology. The development of semiconductors, electronic paper, display, optical cables, and development of Optoelectronic materials which is important in the information age is currently studied.

Energy / Environmental Technology
Nanotechnology

In the field of information technology, the design of electronic material is mainly the field of electronic engineering, but the important role of chemical & biochemical engineers is required in the circuit manufacturing process. In the manufacturing process of semiconductors, display, and sensors, the chemical engineering concepts of rheology, thermodynamics and chemical reaction engineering are utilized, and the design of chemical processes has to be achieved to acquire materials with desired rheology. The development of semiconductors, electronic paper, display, optical cables, and development of Optoelectronic materials which is important in the information age is currently studied.

Fusion Technology
Nanotechnology

As an important paradigm of the 21st century, the fusion technology has been rapidly progressed in the field of chemical & biochemical engineering, and the fusion of NT, BT, IT and ET technologies creates the new technological field. Various fields including bioelectronics, nanobiosensors and bioinformatics have been emerged as new technologies. The technology in this field is expected to provide a large scale renovation unlike the conventional methods in the various fields including medicine, energy, communication, electronics, foods and environment.