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What is Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering?

The 21st century Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The survival, health and affluent life of mankind for the 21st century's future require much more diverse materials and energy generation than now. So far, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has contributed a great deal to the health and prosperity of mankind, and will continue to contribute greatly.

This is because chemical biomolecular engineering applies the principles of physics and chemistry to design systems for material and energy conversion, and it is also the study of establishing a chemical process in harmony with the environment, devoting to the improvement of human life.
Recently, Chemical Biomolecular Engineering and Chemical Engineering have expanded to many areas. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has contributed greatly to the petrochemistry, polymer and energy production, and also the development of advanced technology toward new material synthesis process, new energy, environment, molecular biology, and etc.

The status of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineers

The importance of science and engineering to the Korean industries has been highlighted. In 1996, 54.3 percent of the new directors of thirties in Korea war majoring in science and engineering, and this trend has gradually increased.
In particular, among engineering majors, activities of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineers in the industries are very high. This reflects the importance and development of Chemical and Biomoleuclar Engineering in Korea. In the United States, for example, the salary of Chemical and Biomoleuclar Engineering majors is far higher than that of other engineering majors, and it also represents the importance of Chemical and Biomoleuclar Engineering in the industries internationally.








The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Yonsei University

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
As a leading national industry, chemical biotechnology has contributed to a wide range of fields such as precision chemical industry, petrochemical industry, polymer and energy production, and is effectively utilized in the development of high technology, new energy, and environmental technology. It is also being applied to clean technologies, including bioengineering and molecular engineering, and research is being led to minimizing, retrieving and recycling waste or byproduct generation.
In this department, five honorary professors, seven adjunct professors, one research professor and 20 full-time professors are striving to analyze qualitative phenomena, organize the principles through theory, and to use new technologies and leading techniques. 
Current representative areas of research in this department are clean technology, new energy, new materials, new industrial development, separation technology, biotechnology, and research is actively conducted and supported by industry and national institutions.
Status of the Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering of Yonsei University
Yonsei University's chemistry and biomolecular engineering department, which produced more than 3,000 graduates with 60 years of tradition since it first introduced modern chemical engineering in Korea in 1950, has played a senior role in this engineering college. Until now, the emission of excellent graduates has contributed to modernization and advancement of the domestic indusrty. Among the alumni of chemistry and biomelocular engineering, in the mid 1970s, CEO of chemical engineering, SK, GS-Caltex, and Kung In Energy Development contributed greatly to the development of the country's heavy and chemical industries. Currently, a number of alumni, including GS-Caltex president, Dongyang Chemical CEO and Lotte Engineering & Construction Co, contribute to the develoment of the national industry in various field.