UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with large scale industrial processes which convert, by physical or chemical change, raw materials into products with a higher economic and social value.  Examples of activities that depend on the application of chemical engineering principles include (amongst others), the production of plastic and synthetic fibres, petroleum from coal, paper, fertiliser, cement, food processing, water and effluent treatment and others technologies.

Metallurgy and Materials Engineering comprises the production of minerals and metals from natural resources to meet the diverse needs of various industries, the production of alloys and other materials, their fabrication and shaping, and the development of new materials.  Further, it is concerned with maximising the use of raw materials and energy by controlling and developing more efficient processes in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.