Engineering Chemistry Design Pillars

Quantifying trace amounts of organic and inorganic compounds is essential technology for environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics, forensic, and security applications.

Engineering Chemists learn contemporary analytical chemistry techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and chromatography that are at the heart of a modern chemistry degree. 

As part of their engineering training, students combine knowledge of analytical chemistry with core concepts in fluid mechanics and microelectronics to design devices for consumer and industrial use.  This includes microfluidic systems, lab-on-a-chip technologies, and portable devices for field applications.

Courses that contribute to this design pillar include:

  • ENCH 213   Introduction to Chemical Analysis
  • ENCH 222  Methods of Structure Determination
  • CHEE 270   ChemEtronics
  • ENCH 399  Experimental Chemistry II 
  • CHEE 460  Surface and Colloid Chemistry
  • ENCH 411  Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Diagnostics

Engineering Chemists have held a wide range of positions in technology start up companies. Look up Spectra Plasmonics and ENDETEC for examples of analytical device manufacturing companies launched by Queen’s University professors with the support of our graduates.


Satisfying the energy needs of an expanding global population is one of the most important challenges of this generation’s engineers. Electrochemical technology for energy conversion and storage is needed to shift from non-renewables to more sustainable, distributed energy systems. This includes batteries, electrolyzers, fuel cells and supercapacitors, all of which are constructed using electrochemistry.

Situated at the interface of applied chemistry and engineering design, the Engineering Chemistry program is uniquely positioned in the field of alternative energy. The curriculum combines fundamental electrochemistry with chemical thermodynamics and transport phenomena, producing graduates capable of creating, testing and manufacturing energy systems for consumer and industrial applications.

Courses that contribute to this design pillar include:

  • CHEE 210 Thermodynamics of Engergy Consumption
  • CHEE 270  ChemEtronics
  • CHEE 461   Electrochemical Engineering
  • ENCH 451  Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis
Chemical Diagnostics

How do you store excess energy generated by solar/wind farms for later use? What are the efficiencies of different energy storage technologies, and how does their performance relate to their cost? These are some of the energy-related questions that Engineering Chemists answer in their laboratory and project-based work.

Complex organic molecules such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and polymeric materials are essential to human health. Engineering Chemists study the fundamentals of organic reactions as well as modern methods of synthesizing these molecules on laboratory and commercial scales.

The application of Green Chemistry, wherein chemical manufacturing processes are (re)designed to minimize material and process hazards, is a central concept. The goal is to improve the efficiency of fine chemical syntheses while reducing health and safety risks to workers and the environment.

Courses that contribute to this design pillar include:

  • ENCH 245 Applied Organic Chemistry
  • CHEE 311  Fluid Organic Chemistry
  • CHEE 324   Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria
  • CHEE 323  Organic Process Development
  • CHEE 470  Design of Manufacturing Processes
Chemical Diagnostics

The role of an Engineering Chemist in process design ranges from early-stage innovation, when knowledge of basic principles is needed to create and/or advance new technology, to late-stage design, when detailed equipment specification and financial analyses are required.  This broad design scope is a distinguishing feature of the Engineering Chemistry program.