Chemical Engineering Science publishes papers on the fundamentals of chemical engineering, including the development of chemical engineering knowledge and process into and from other disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, and applied mathematics. We welcome manuscripts describing original research, with significant results based on experiments and/or developments in theory. Such results may be the outcome of studies that range from the molecular level to the plant level. Increasingly, published research addresses and impacts global issues. We also will consider critical reviews of cutting-edge developments, and prospective authors are encouraged to contact an Executive Editor prior to submission.
Industrial areas covered by the journal include biotechnology, chemicals, energy, food, materials, microelectronics, nanotechnology, specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
The journal classifies research into the following main fields within chemical engineering:
Biomolecular and biological engineering - the chemical engineering of molecular and cellular products or systems, including through the use of modern tools such as protein and enzyme engineering and directed evolution; all fields at the intersection of chemical engineering and biology, including systems biotechnology, tissue engineering, drug and therapeutic delivery and bioassay development;
Biochemical and bioprocess engineering - the chemical engineering of (bio-)processes where biology or biochemical approaches are used to effect a transformation of material including, but not limited to, studies in waste treatment, bioreaction engineering, high-throughput process development, molecular simulation of process performance, downstream processing and bioreactor modeling;
Energy, water, environment, and sustainability - chemical energy generation, conversion, storage, distribution and utilisation; water quality, water treatment and water analysis; green processes, waste minimization, environmental remediation and environmental impact;
Materials engineering - chemical engineering of materials synthesis, characterization, design and scale up of nanomaterials synthesis, multiphase phenomena, reverse materials engineering (i.e. process-informed definition of materials properties); materials including particles, thin films, membranes, multifunctional materials, hierarchical porous structures etc.; synthesis methods including chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition, hydrothermal synthesis, colloidal synthesis, etc; nucleation and growth mechanisms and control for nanomaterials;
Particle technology - the chemical engineering of particulate systems, including studies on the fundamental phenomena of nucleation, growth, breakage, and aggregation; modeling of particle population dynamics; fluid dynamics of particulate systems in chemical processes; all process steps to manipulate the properties of particulate systems;
Process systems engineering - simulation, analysis, synthesis, optimization, and control of (bio-)chemical production systems based on mathematical modeling approaches; advanced modeling strategies for all process levels (molecular level, phase level, process unit level, plant level); advanced methods for model parameter identification and design of experiments;
Reaction engineering and catalysis - simulation and experiments on reaction kinetics, catalyst synthesis and characterization, reactor design, process intensification, multifunctional reactors, microreactors, multiphase reactors, molecular and quantum scale phenomena, density functional theory, multiscale modeling, transport phenomena related to multiphase reactors;
Separations science and technology - general principles: phase equilibria, mass transfer, mixing and phase segregation; processes and unit operations: distillation, absorption, liquid-liquid extraction, membrane processes, adsorption separation processes, ion-exchange, preparative chromatography, crystallization and precipitation, supercritical fluid separation processes, biochemical separation processes; equipment design.
Submissions from other fields of chemical engineering, and from other areas within the fields above, are welcome. Papers are assessed only with regard to quality and their potential for fundamental and generic contribution to chemical engineering.
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