On 1 August 2008, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology merged to become the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
The Department of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1948. With the enormous advances in
theory and practice since then, chemical engineering has developed from its initial base
around the reaction and processing of liquids and gases to include the processing of
biological materials and solid or solid-like materials of all kinds. Chemical engineering
is thus relevant to food, pharmaceuticals, water, energy and polymers (i.e. most aspects of
our everyday life) and is centrally concerned with sustainable development and the related
issues of safety, health and the environment.