Research makes many things possible and the synergy of research, business and education energises Chemical Engineering at UCT. Work commissioned by leading chemical, petrochemical, mining and metallurgical companies gives depth and breadth to our postgraduate programme, prepares students for productive employment and supplies industry with well qualified employees who have expertise in areas of real need. Academics remain in close contact with industry, undertaking challenging work at the forefront of their fields and students benefit from teachers whose knowledge base is rooted in real world applications.
Research allows the Department to offer relevant continuing education that upgrades the knowledge and skills of chemical engineers in industry. Through research, national and international collaborations and partnerships are formed that enable us to learn from and contribute to the development of Chemical Engineering internationally, and to prepare our graduates to meet the challenges of globalisation.