About Us

Chemical Engineering is an engineering discipline studying the transformation of materials on a large scale for our living under more comfortable, safer and better conditions and practising in this area. These transformations convert the materials to the more beneficial substances or energy suitable for the intended purposes and occupy an important place in the chemical, petroleum, pharmaceutical and electronics industry.

The most significant difference of Chemical Engineering to Chemistry is that the transformations are performed in large scale. The concept of large scale is a subjective and relative concept, but the large scale can be generally expressed as industrial and value-creating scale. In terms of these definitions, Chemical engineering applications, i.e. the conversion process of the substances to the more useful and the desired substances on an industrial scale, have been carried out for thousands of years. For example, the Romans began to produce cement using lime and calcined calcium carbonate in around 300 B. C. Although each one of this and similar treatments is chemical engineering process, the chemical engineering in the modern sense emerged in the early 20th century.

The chemical engineering is an engineering used in many areas of technology, consequently affecting the areas. In broad sense, chemical engineers design the processes that provide the production and the transformation of substances and fulfil these processes. For this purpose, chemical engineers at first conduct experiments in the laboratory, design the process in large scale and then accomplish these processes on a commercial scale.

Since numerous industrial areas are based on substance or materials synthesis and processing, chemical engineering is a highly demanded and popular engineering branch. In addition to the petroleum, chemical production and energy sector as the conventional application areas of chemical engineering, practices and opportunities concerning electronic device production, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and environment have been increased. Chemical engineers due to the unique education they received are basic engineers required in these industry areas including both physical and chemical conversion processes of materials. For example, a chemical engineer can do research on the production of new polymers with improved electrical, optical and mechanical properties in the chemical industry. The chemical engineer performs not only the chemical synthesis of polymers but also the production, the flow and the processing of these polymer on an industrial scale. Chemical engineers in biotechnology are responsible for the design of the production plants that carry out development of new medicines using microorganisms and enzymes. Many applications on the environment issues are associated with chemical engineering. Chemical engineers can perform the design of catalytic converters or other chemical processes for disposal of environmentally harmful substances.

To achieve this professional applications, chemical engineer must know exactly scientific and engineering principles in the technological production processes. Therefore, applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, separation technologies, chemical reaction kinetics, reactor desing and process design courses are taught after the basic science courses in chemical engineering education program.

Chemistry education in Ottoman Turkey began in western-style modern higher education institutions. Chemistry as an individual course in Turkey has begun to be taught for the first time in the first modern hospital established in 1827 and then in Turkish Military Academy as of 1847.

Teaching chemistry systematically based on a diploma at the İstanbul University, Faculty of Science, Chemistry Institute in Turkey was initiated in 1918. The elapsed time from 1918 to 1933 when the university reform was made is Darülfünun period.

It is guessed that the first chemistry course was taught by head teacher Ishak effendi. In this first period until 1918, chemistry had been being instructed as a supplementary course rather than directly providing academic and technical education. Initiation of chemistry teaching as a profession based on a diploma in Turkey is towards the middle of the First World War. The Ottoman Empire embarked on a radical reform in the Darülfünun. Taking advantage of alliance with Germany, the foreign professors were brought to the different disciplines. They are Professor Dr. Fritz Arndt, Prof. Dr. Von Hösc and Prof. Dr. Gustav Fester. These professors founded a chemistry department. As building, the current regional directorate of Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution in Yerebatan had been used. Education period was three years and diploma in science of chemistry was being awarded. Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Biochemistry courses were being instructed as well as Mathematics, Physics and Geology.

After the first World War, once German professors got back to their homeland, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Biochemistry was instructed by Prof. Ligor Taranakidis, Prof. Ömer Sevket Bey, Suzi Bey and Dr. Mazhar Cevat Bey, respectively. After an education team including Prof. Dr. Michel Faillebin had come to our country depending on a cultural agreement between France and Turkey in 1926, Şimifizik Institute was founded. Prof. Dr. Gabriel Valensi was sent instead of Faillebin in 1930. Thus, chemists that our country needs had been trained by carrying out a modern chemistry education based on three chemical certificates according to the time in Institute of Chemistry consisting of General Chemistry, Physicochemistry and Industrial Chemistry Institutes during Darülfünun period.

Istanbul University was founded on July 31, 1933 thanks to the University reform which is one of the important reforms that Atatürk made to improve The Turkish Nation in material and moral areas and to bring to the level of contemporary civilization. Besides foreign professors, young Turkish teachers who completed their studies in Europe took part in this reorganization. They are as follows: General Chemistry: Distinguished Prof. Dr. Fritz Arndt, Remziye Hisar, Tahsin Rustu Beyler, Turhan Şeşbeş and Tarik Artel. Physical Chemistry: Distinguished Prof. Dr. Gabriel Valensi, Ali Reza Berkem. Industrial Chemistry: Distinguished Prof. Dr. Reginald Oliver Herzog, Saffet Reza Alpar, Haldun Nüzhet Terem.

The students, who were graduated from the Institute of Chemistry at the Istanbul University prior to 1937, were awarded chemistry diploma receiving three-year education. Making additions on syllabus as of 1937, education period was increased to four years and chemical engineering diploma was begun to be awarded. In order to qualify for this diploma, to take General Chemistry, Physicochemistry and Industrial Chemistry certificates was required as well as FRMK certificate and Mechanical, Electrical, Technical Drawing courses. Then Professional Chemical Engineering Diploma was turned out.

In the time period from 1918 when the chemistry diploma was granted, to 1950, chemists necessary for scientific community, lore army and industry of our country were being trained by Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Institute of Chemistry as the sole chemistry educational institute. In this regard, the institute is of great importance for our country. The College of Chemistry and the Faculty of Chemistry founded in 1964 and 1967, respectively, have carried on successfully this historic task of the Institute of Chemistry. Organizing and revising programs with the establishment of this school, chemistry education was classified into three different parts as Chemistry Undergraduate, Chemistry and Professional Chemical Engineering. As from this year, education of Professional Chemical Engineering was increased to five years. Thus, a chemical engineering program oriented to engineering has emerged.

Also some changes were made in the Chemical Engineering Program with the establishment of Faculty of Chemistry. Universities have entered a new era by the higher education law which came into force on 4 November 1981. However, the Engineering Faculty of the Istanbul University was founded by combining the Chemistry Faculty with the Earth Sciences Faculty. Chemical Engineering Department has still continued its education and training as a department of this Faculty.

The vision of our department is to be respected and ever-advancing educational and research institution at national and international level.

 The mission of our department is to upskill the students to meet the needs of the industry providing national and international qualified education for them and to educate free-thinking, competent students agreeable to teamwork who can find solution to the problems encountered, devise using the knowledges acquired, thus contributing to R&D efforts and science.

Our Educational Objective 1: To find solutions to industrial problems, to devise, to adapt to teamwork and to think freely by using the knowledge acquired in undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering.

Our Educational Objective 2: To access information from different disciplines and be able to use this knowledge sources.

Our Educational Objective 3: To have the awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning and the ability to constantly self-renew.

Our Educational Objective 4: To communicate in Turkish and English, to have sense of professional and ethical liability.

Division of Chemical Technologies
Prof. Dr. Ünal Sanıgök
Prof. Dr. Murat Orbay
Prof. Dr. Mualla Tuğtepe
Yard. Doç. Dr. Zerrin Baban

Division of Process and Reactor Design
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Gülensoy
Prof. Dr. İsmet Gürgey
Prof. Dr. İlker Kayadeniz
Prof. Dr. Sevgi Tanın
Prof. Dr. Celalettin Ustaer
Doç. Dr. Tercan Bonçe
Dr. Gülçin Benli
Dr. Gökhan Aktepe

Temel İşlemler ve Termodinamik Anabilim Dalı
Prof. Dr. Umur Dramur
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Aydın
Prof. Dr. Beşir Tatlı
Prof. Dr. Emin Ulusoy
Dr. İrfan Ünlüsayın
Uzman Emel Keskinocak