Profile© Lilian Do Khac
The provision of sustainable energy and materials is clearly one of the major global challenges. This profile area addresses the two most important pathways which have to be followed to achieve this goal: improvements in energy and material efficiency and the transition to renewable sources.
Without doubt, there is still a significant potential for improvements in established technologies for energy and materials conversion and usage which has to be opened up. Breakthrough innovations, however, increasingly require expanding the classical scope of energy and chemical engineering to integrate novel insights from the molecular sciences.
Based upon this common root, the existing division between the energy and chemical disciplines has to be overcome, since an energy- and material-efficient society will be built upon integrated processing and recycling strategies. Thus, the profile area Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering has to be multi-disciplinary and multi-scale in nature, ranging from the plant and corporate levels down to the molecular scale.
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