Specialty chemicals are produced by a complex, interlinked industry. In the strictest sense, specialty chemicals are chemical products that are sold on the basis of their performance or function, rather than their composition. They can be single-chemical entities or formulations whose composition sharply influences the performance and processing of the customer’s product. Products and services in the specialty chemicals industry require intensive knowledge and ongoing innovation.
Globally,several specialty chemicals segments are projected to grow faster than the average annual growth forecast for all specialty chemicals during 2015–20. Growth prospects for some of these segments—notably nutraceutical ingredients, specialty polymers (high-performance and engineering thermoplastics), and electronic chemicals—are favorable because of the positive outlook for the corresponding end-use industries. Segments such as nutraceuticals, cosmetic chemicals, and flavors and fragrances owe their auspicious prospects to rising levels of disposable income in the developing world and renewed (if less-than-robust) consumer spending in North America, Western Europe, and Japan.
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Specialty Chemicals involves the application of several principles. Several specialty chemicals segments are projected to grow faster than the average annual growth forecast for all specialty chemicals —notably nutraceutical ingredients, specialty polymers (high-performance and engineering thermoplastics), and electronic chemicals—are favorable because of the positive outlook for the corresponding end-use industries.
Chemical engineering involves managing plant processes and conditions to ensure optimal plant operation. Chemical reaction engineers construct models for reactor analysis and design using laboratory data and physical parameters, such as chemical thermodynamics, to solve problems and predict reactor performance.
Plant construction is coordinated by project engineers and project managers depending on the size of the investment. A chemical engineer may do the job of project engineer full-time or part of the time, which requires additional training and job skills, or act as a consultant to the project group. In USA the education of chemical engineering graduates from the Baccalaureate programs accredited by ABET do not usually stress project engineering education, which can be obtained by specialized training, as electives, or from graduate programs.
A unit operation is a physical step in an individual chemical engineering process. Unit operations (such as crystallization, filtration, drying and evaporation) are used to prepare reactants, purifying and separating its products, recycling unspent reactants, and controlling energy transfer in reactors. On the other hand, a unit process is the chemical equivalent of a unit operation. Along with unit operations, unit processes constitute a process operation.