Editorial Board Insights
Professor Jay H. Lee
"Chemical engineering has become a quintessential discipline of convergence. Developments in chemistry/materials science, life science, and computer science are being fused into new commercial products and large-scale processes to produce them economically and sustainably, based on the traditional chemical engineering principles. It is truly a “melting pot” of modern sciences and technologies. In addition, feedstocks are becoming highly diverse as the industry is amidst the transition from petroleum based feedstocks to bio-based feedstocks and various waste streams (e.g., CO2). Energy sources are also become diverse to include renewable ones. Now the key concerns for chemicals manufacturing include “sustainability” in addition to economics. Emergence of big data and AI-based technologies demand the manufacturing to become “smarter” utilizing more information and optimization. Energy and environment stand as the greatest and most imminent challenges the humanity is facing. These trends present the chemical engineers with new challenges as well as opportunities: It is indeed a golden opportune time for them to move in the frontline and lead the various societal changes needed for our long-term survival."
Professor Jay H. Lee is the founding Section Editor for the 'Plant design, management and control' section of BMC Chemical Engineering.
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