Biochemical engineering is a sector of both chemical and biological engineering, predominantly dealing with the design and construction of unit processes that involve biological organisms. It can be applied in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, food and water treatment industries.
Biochemical engineers are responsible for taking on many of today’s global challenges. For example, they are tasked with the development of vaccines to protect people against pandemic flu, the development of stem cell therapies, and to use biofuels from algae to provide more sustainable energy sources!
The everyday tasks and activities of a biochemical engineer include things such as designing and constructing chemical and pharmaceutical plants, collaborating with scientists in the design and implementation of new products and production techniques, working in production to modify and optimise production processes and maintaining production lines and machinery.
Food engineers come under biochemical engineering. These specialists concentrate their time on production and food processing systems. They can most often be found working in the conversion of raw food material to be packaged and finished products. Agricultural and food engineers work in a wide range of agencies and organisations, including equipment manufacturers and food and drink producers.
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