The Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT Prague aims to teach students in contemporary process engineering principles and prepare them for professional and dynamic growth along their life careers. The approach adopted by the Department of Chemical Engineering is to integrate the fundamentals of science and the principles of process engineering into multi-disciplinary teaching and research programs aimed at generating world-class graduates and internationally competitive research. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs stimulate student learning and development, with staff providing a supportive environment. Our programmes are all accredited with the Acreditation Organism of the Czech Republic. Students graduated from our department are very sought and occupy key positions in leading companies. Industrial partners are a part of our team, contributing to bursaries and commissioning research.
The Department of Chemical Engineering has been a central cell of the University of Chemistry since 1950. Education, research and valorization are intimately linked and belong to the main activities of the department.
The Department of Chemical Engineering offers in Czech language two bachelor, one master and one doctoral programs. In English, the department offers bachelor programme Chemistry and Technology (specialization - Engineering) and master programme Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. With these programs the department provides education to approximately 300 students. Since education and research are intimately connected, students contribute directly to the research of the department. Students and staff are satisfied with the education programs and facilities.
The teaching at the Department of Chemical Engineering is focused on the following knowledge pillars:
- Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
- Mass and Heat transfer
- Hydrodynamic fluids
- Process design
- Separation Processes
- Bioengineering methods
The scientific staff of the department (including more than 50 PhD students and post-docs) is active in several research groups. The department gives freedom for interdisciplinary research, research within these groups. This distinguishes the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT Prague from other Departments of UCT Prague.
The role of the Department of Chemical Engineering is to conduct long-term, broad, world-class research and education on numerous carefully selected subjects that fall within the research profile of UCT Prague. The research matches the technological needs of the industry, which is especially present in the Czech Republic. This makes the faculty not only an incubator for leading research, but also permits for close collaboration with the industry.
Chemical engineering began to be taught as a subject since 1950 at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague "UCT Prague" (former Institute of Chemical Technology), during Czechoslovakia republic period. In 1951 the Department of Operational Engineering which later became the Department of Processes and Apparatus and finally the Department of Chemical Engineering (ÚCHI) was founded. The credit for the establishment of this progressive field goes to prof. G.L. Standart and Prof. H. Steidl. Chemical Engineering has therefore a long tradition at the UCT Prague and is currently an integral part of the so-called Common Foundation for all study fields at the university.