CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING (CBE)
Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of physical science (e.g., chemistry and physics), and life sciences (e.g., biology, microbiology and biochemistry) with mathematics and economics, to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. In addition to producing useful materials, modern chemical engineering is also concerned with pioneering valuable new materials and techniques – such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and biomedical engineering.
The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering programme at the Nanyang Technological University aims to produce a new generation of chemical and biomolecular engineering graduates with the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the chemical and biomedical sciences industries in Singapore and the world. Our accredited undergraduate programme incorporates biomolecular engineering and physical sciences with chemical engineering principles. Students can choose to major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with Business Minor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering/Economics Double degree. Our students can also take a minor in various fields from other schools in the university. Since found in 2004, we have attracted the best students from Singapore and the region. Our fresh graduates have achieved one of the highest employment rate and gross monthly salary in Singapore. At the post-graduate level, we offer a doctoral degree program in Chemical Engineering.
Our faculties from around the world are conducting vibrant interdisciplinary research on nanotechnology and catalysis, cellular and molecular engineering, bioproduct engineering, as well as basic chemical science and engineering. We have won two 10-million competitive research programmes funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore. Our young chemical engineering programme is ranked 49 in the world on QS chemical engineering ranking (2011).
Our teaching and training objective is to provide educational experiences that challenge the students to:
- Learn the biological and physical science principles and to integrate such knowledge to solve engineering problems encountered in the chemical and life science industries.
- Identify and pursue their personal and professional goals within an innovative and entrepreneurial environment that is sufficiently flexible.
- Use and apply the latest experimental and computational methodologies in solving chemical engineering problems.
- Develop good communication and management skills through team work in the execution of experimental and design projects.
- Explore the synergy of combining chemical and biomolecular engineering principles in solving problems of multi-disciplinary nature.
- Understand the impact of engineering principles and solutions on society and the nation at large, particularly on the safety, economic and environmental impact.
Our research objectives are:
- Be a leading research department in chemical and biomolecular engineering.
- Disseminate research knowledge and outcomes internationally.
- Create healthy networks of international academic and industry collaborators.
"Bioengineering is a fusion between the various disciplines of engineering and Biomedical Sciences."
Engineering plays a key in role in Biomedical Sciences (BMS). The 2 fields are complementary, as core technologies from different Engineering disciplines are applied in several BMS areas. In fact, BMS has led Engineering to evolve further into areas such as Bio computing, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, which can be broadly classified under the spectrum of "Bioengineering". A Bioengineer applies fundamental principals and methods of Engineering to address problems in medical and life sciences. Although the main Bioengineering endeavour is based on Engineering disciplines, a Bioengineer also needs a good background in biological and medical sciences.
How did Bioengineering evolve?
The recent progress made in molecular biological sciences has greatly advanced the fields of genetics, molecular and cell biology. These achievements have opened up new Engineering approaches to develop new technologies and to solve biomedical problems, with the ultimate aim of diagnosing and curing diseases and advancing healthcare.
- Broad Coverage of Areas and Applications in Bioengineering
- Bioinformatics (e.g. decoding genetic data to determine origin of diseases)
- Biosignal Processing (e.g. electrocardiaography to detect irregular hearbeats)
- Biomedical Instrumentation (e.g. pacemaker to regulate heart frequency by electrical stimulation)
- Medical Imaging (e.g. ultra-sound 3D colour image to examine the health and position of an unborn foetus)
- Tissue Engineering (e.g. artificials skin)
- Biomaterials (e.g. bioactive bone substitute)
- Biomechanics (e.g. quantitative diagnosis of injured limbs)
- Artificial Organs (e.g. artificial hearts)
- Orthopaedic Implants (e.g. artificial hip joints)
- Biochemical Processing (e.g. reactors using microbes to produce drugs)
- Nanotechnology (e.g. developing nano-sized devices to aid the eradication of harmful tissues and cells)
The teaching and training objectives are to:
- Nurture a new generation of engineers by providing students with strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, molecular and cell biology as well as in the fundamental principles and methods of engineering.
- Cultivate the entrepreneurship spirit among students by creating opportunities for students to innovate new technologies and develop solutions for biomedical problems, with the ultimate aim of advancing healthcare through better disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
- Inculcate social responsibility with an appreciation of ethics in bioengineering and obligation as professional bioengineers to society.