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Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and ChE?

  1. Sep 4, 2010 #1
    I love to know how electrcity is usefuel for us, electric cars, lighting and refrigeration, i love physics but i also like to know what the universe is made of, how is that a bunch of cells and we think!! dam! i love chemistry. I also like solar panels and would like to really know how they work. Based on this should ill go Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering or both?!!
     
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  3. Sep 4, 2010 #2
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Based on your interests, neither Electrical or Chemical engineering would suit you very well.

    EE and ChE have very little to do with the applications and sciences you described. Cars and refrigeration would fall under the domain of Mechanical Engineering. Chemical engineering deals mainly with industrial processes; it is not very similar to what is covered in standard university Chemistry classes.

    The standard topics that EE deals with are:
    Electrical Power distribution
    Electromagnetic Signals & Communication
    Control Engineering
    VLSI & Embedded Computing

    I am not sure what ChE deals with specifically, but I know that it is mainly focused on industrial processes; getting optimum yield out of a reaction, efficiency, etc. It is very much macroscopic. Chemical engineers don't deal with atoms and molecules like chemists do; they may deal with bonding but only just.


    My suggestion is to go for Physics or Chemistry, based on your stated interests.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2010 #3
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    You actually sound like a good candidate for microelectronics and semiconductor device engineering. These fields are properly sub-disciplines of electrical engineering, however, they also make substantial use of materials science and are thus rightly also a sub-discipline of materials science.

    Not to confuse you, but materials science is also another field that you might be interested in. Whereas chemical engineering (in very general terms and not always the rule) deals with large-scale chemical processes, materials science deals with fundamental properties of materials.

    The reason I'm telling you about microelectronics and semiconductor devices is that they are ultimately electrical devices but fabricating them deals with almost all topics of applied materials processing (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfabrication), which in turn has its origins in applied chemistry. Note that conventional (i.e. inorganic) LEDs and solar cells are semiconductor devices and that their fabrication technologies have largely benefited from the breakthroughs that occur in the behemoth microelectronics industry. Also, I do know some chemical engineers that specialize in semiconductor processing, so that is not entirely out of the question.

    Are you currently in college or are you in the process of looking? If it is the latter, then my suggestion would be to look at the concentrations/specializations that the EE, ChemE, and MatSci departments offer. It will give you an idea of what is better suited for yourself.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2010 #4
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    My country doesnt have MatSci xD. Lets put this way i dont want to work with any carcinogen or toxic in EE. Would you spend a lot of time touching toxic substances as EE?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2010 #5
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Im kinda paranoid when it comes to toxic substances, thats why i dont want to be touching one of those.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2010 #6
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Well as an EE you're liable to electrocute yourself. As any engineer, you're liable to develop carpel tunnel syndrome from being on the computer too much; maybe even back problems from not sitting at the desk properly. I actually had to buy a special pen because my hand was camping from working on problem sets so much.

    All kidding aside, there are dangers from working in all areas of experimental science. That is why it is important to always adhere to safety protocols and to take them seriously.

    If playing with chemicals bothers you, then chemical engineering is definitely not something you want to go into. I'm sure you can get away with not touching a single chemical once to get to industry, but you'll definitely be playing with chemicals in your laboratory courses.

    If you really want to be safe, you could always become a mathematician! :tongue2:
    Although, you might go crazy after a while....
     
  8. Sep 5, 2010 #7
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Wow but i like to know what things are made off.

    If you want to go to the electrical veichule industry EE or Chemistry
     
  9. Sep 12, 2010 #8
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Double major in Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering?

    What career is more realted with the nergy we use for our moder society

    What career is more like energy engineering?

    Some answers please
     
  10. Sep 12, 2010 #9
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    What career is more related to the devolping of solar cells?

    Chemistry or Electrical Engineering?
     
  11. Sep 13, 2010 #10
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Both really. Im in a ChE program, its all about energy.

    As for solar cells and electric vehicles the answer is also both. Improving these technologies is a chemical problem just as much as it is an electrical problem.

    At my school, the ChE's are required to take an EE course and there's a micro electronics option. Perhaps that would be something you'd be interested in pursuing?

    You really really cant lose with either choice. One of the main reasons I chose ChE is because it really is an all encompassing major. You can get into absolutely any field with it.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2010 #11
    Re: Felling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Thanks for the answer dude =). Ill go for Chemistry.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2010 #12
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Physical chemistry?
    I was reading about this part of chemistry. And i see that the university ill study have this branch, is very related to electrochemistry and maybe this is the part i wich you can a see lot of solar cell tehcnology.

    Or the research in this kind of technology is in electrical engineering?

    I was seeing that the MIT teaches a lot of programing and computer science wich im not interested, i dont like elctronics to.

    And in the chemical engineering part is the development of solar funnel and other interesting stuff.

    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/solar-antenna-0913.html



    I hate my Indecision!!!
     
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  14. Sep 21, 2010 #13
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    1=Wich career has more to do with nanotechnology and nanomachines?

    Electrical Engineering , Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering

    2=Wich career has more to do with Future cancer treatments?

    Electrical Engineering or Chemistry?

    3=Wich career has to more with power generation?

    Electrical Engineering , Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering?

    4=What career has to do more with future technologies

    Electrica/Mechanical Engineering or Chemistry?
     
  15. Sep 21, 2010 #14
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Ok well personally I would say:

    1=Wich career has more to do with nanotechnology and nanomachines?

    Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

    2=Wich career has more to do with Future cancer treatments?

    Chemistry?

    3=Wich career has to more with power generation?

    Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering?

    4=What career has to do more with future technologies

    This is a tough one but generally I would say Electrica/Mechanical Engineering. But I think if you choose chemistry and this was your interest you could use it in that way.

    The fact is that you have a good heart and the strong and noble desire to help and improve the world! No matter which field you choose because this is the purpose you have set up for yourself you will be able to do it! Any of these fields could be applied to the things you listed and because you have such a heart whichever you choose you will use in a way to improve the world! Ultimately I would say just pick whichever you like more, if there is one. If not then I don't know what you should do! Maybe flip a coin or roll a die!
     
  16. Sep 22, 2010 #15
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Hahaha for the last part. Thanks a lot for the answer i really apreciate it.
    But Chemistry has aplications in the fuels for generating power or devolping new materials for solar cells.
     
  17. Sep 23, 2010 #16
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Oh I didn't even think about that! All my selections were just my personal opinion and to be honest i really don't know too much about the fields. But now that i think about it maybe Chemistry is the best choice. Chemisty is such a basic science. If you think about it everything is chemistry! You could probably apply it to almost anything you wanted. And along this line of thought chemistry might be better just because of it's greater possibility of having broader applications. I think it would be probably somewhat easier to be able to do something more closely related to a typically EE application with chemistry than the other way around! I would go with chemistry if i were because you like it and it seems to leave more doors open! Good luck amigo!
     
  18. Sep 23, 2010 #17
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Thanks a lot men. Your answer is very apreciate it. Ill go for chemistry especially physical chemistry, so i can work with batteries to. Buena suerte friend =).
     
  19. Sep 24, 2010 #18
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    Its about even for all of them. You can get into any of those fields with each of those choices.


    Im in the same shoes as you, and the conclusion I've come to is; dont concentrate so much on what you can do with each major. There are hundreds of awesome choices and fields to go into within each discipline and its too overwhelming to choose one.

    Instead, narrow it down to two choices. Which class did you enjoy more? Your intro to electricity and magnetism, or your chemistry classes? Focus on the concepts and coursework rather then what you can do with it.
     
  20. Sep 25, 2010 #19
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    The thing is i enjoyed both xD. But i find chemistry books more interesting and fun.
    But also like physics and aplied mathematics.

    So maybe Physical Chemistry suits me good.
     
  21. Sep 29, 2010 #20
    Re: Falling in love with chemistry but also love electrcity. Should ill be a EE and C

    In general what degree is more related to future development of future solar cells?

    a Chemistry Degree or a Physics Degree?
     
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