Clients will ask about the difference between chemistry and chemical engineering because they mean different things on other occasions. For this reason, we must explain the two terms to avoid any confusion.
Chemistry is a branch of physical science that involves the scientific study of the composition of matter, its properties, reactions and interactions. The scope of chemistry ranges from simple molecules to energy organisation on a planetary scale.
For example, chemistry deals with metals and non-metals, their properties and reactions, and the changes they undergo during a chemical reaction.
Chemical engineering is a discipline that applies principles of physical science (such as chemistry) to solve practical problems related to chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. Chemical engineers can design large-scale processes that convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms.
For example, chemical engineering deals with the industrial production of chemicals and their reactions to produce a product.
However, chemistry and chemical engineering are closely related, and there is a blurring of the differences between the two fields. For instance, chemical engineers use chemistry and chemical engineering knowledge to solve practical problems such as understanding what produces soot when burning coal.