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Institution of Chemical Engineers



The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is an international professional engineering institution with members in over 113 countries worldwide, founded in 1922, and awarded a Royal Charter in 1957. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers. It is licensed by the Science Council to grant the status of Chartered Scientist. It is licensed by the Society for the Environment to grant the status of Chartered Environmentalist. It is a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. It accredits chemical engineering degree courses in 25 countries worldwide.

The Institution's Headquarters address is 165-189 Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3HQ, United Kingdom. It has offices in London, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.

Membership Grades and Post-nominals

The following are memebrship grades with post-nominals :

  • Affiliate: (no post-nominal) The grade for students and those involved in chemical engineering who do not meet the requirements for the following grades.
  • AMIChemE: Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers: this is the grade for chemical engineering graduates who have not yet met the requirements for full membership.
  • MIChemE: Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Entry to this level requires an education of (or equivalent to) a Master's level qualification plus 5 years professional experience and a position of responsibility. A training and experience report is required plus a technical interview with two senior members of the IChemE. Members normally have Chartered status by one of the routes above.
  • FIChemE: Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. This is the highest grade for members who have the requirements for MIChemE and have achieved a position of some seniority or eminence.

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms is a shield with two figures. On the left a helmeted woman, Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom, and on the right, a bearded man with a large hammer, Hephaestus the god of technology and of fire. The shield itself shows a salamander as the symbol of chemistry, and a corn grinding mill as a symbol of continuous processes. Between these is a diagonal stripe in red and blue in steps to indicate the cascade nature of many chemical engineering processes. The shield is surmounted by helmet on which is a dolphin, which is in heraldry associated with intellectual activity, and also represents the importance of fluid mechanics. Just below the dolphin are two Integral signs to illustrate the necessity of mathematics and in particular calculus.

The Latin motto is "Findendo Fingere Disco" or "I learn to make by separating".


Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • Process Safety and Environmental Protection
  • Food and Bioproducts Processing
  • Education for Chemical Engineers

Other Periodicals

  • The Chemical Engineer
  • Loss Prevention Bulletin


  • Conference Proceedings
  • Technical Guides
  • Safety Books
  • Forms of Contract

Noted members and their achievements

  • Roland Clift[1] Developer of Life cycle assessment and broadcaster on environmental issues
  • John Coulson (1910 - 1990) Co-writer of classic UK textbooks
  • Sir Arthur Duckham (1879-1932) First President of the IChemE, knighted for his services to the Ministry of Munitions in the First World War
  • Ian Fells Noted energy expert and popular science broadcaster
  • Trevor Kletz Noted safety expert
  • Ashok Kumar UK Member of Parliament
  • Frank Lees (1931-1999) author of major safety encyclopedia
  • Bodo Linnhoff His 1979 PhD thesis led to Pinch Technology which has enabled companies to save large amounts of energy
  • K. B. Quinan (1878 - 1958) An American who, according to Lloyd George "did more than any other single individual to win the (First World) War" (Freshwater, page 14)
  • Jack Richardson Co-writer of classic UK textbooks
  • Meredith Thring (1915-2006) prolific inventor, futurologist and early proponent of sustainability


  • Don Freshwater, 1997 People, pipes and processes; a short history of chemical engineering and the Institution of Chemical Engineers ISBN 0 85295 390 9
  • Colin Duvall and Sean F. Johnston, 2000 Scaling Up - The Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Rise of a New Profession Kluwer Academic Publishers ISBN 0-7923-6692-1
  • College of Arms, London, 1964 The Armorial Bearings of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Royal Charter and Byelaws

See also

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