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Chemical Engineering Specializations

  1. Jan 25, 2013 #1
    I am planning on doing a Masters degree, and my current options are:

    Process Systems Engineering, Advanced Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Nanotech, Biotech/Bioprocess Engineering, Catalysis, Chemistry or Nuclear Engineering (Very unlikely).

    So I am wondering...

    If I am not yet sure if i want to keep working in industry or to go pursue a Phd, and then eventually get into research.

    Which of them are the most useful?
    Which could lead to more and better opportunities?
    Are there some other better options for a Chemical Engineer?

    I find all of them very interesting, and I can not decide....
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  3. Mar 24, 2013 #2
    I'm working on my undergrad for chemical engineering/materials science and engineering, and working on a specialty in nano/molecular engineering. I am equally interested in polymers, catalysts, and therapeutic drugs.

    I took a leadership seminar featuring alumni who had found successful careers, but almost all of them ended with the BSchE. I don't know if that has any significance to you, but it is implied that bachelor's opens the doorway, and if you want to increase your expertise, to return later and specialize.

    Aside from that, the best prospects on your list are (in order):
    Process systems E, Materials science (complements the chemical concepts very nicely), and advanced chem E (better if focused in a proven field). More novel are biotech/bioprocess which is still on the horizon as far as economic viability, and similarly nanotech (but is a very promising field from what I've experienced).
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