Traditionally, chemical engineering design has been focused on designing chemical plants to produce well-known compounds of interest in large amounts. Recently, chemical engineers not only need to design chemical plants but also highly valuable chemical products such as biosurfactants or coatings with remarkable characteristics. If we want to prepare chemical engineering students with the ability for designing chemical plants and chemical products (multiscale products), we need to make significant changes in the curriculum. Some efforts have been made to modify traditional courses of transport phenomena and thermodynamics to include molecular properties. However, providing students with more technical content is not enough to assure their understanding of the new concepts. Moreover, it is not clear if the students will directly apply those concepts in the design of chemical products. I would want to ask the opinion of this community about the educational challenges of the multiscale model. Specifically:
What challenges do you think the CHE students need to overcome or can experience when they deal with designing products at different scales?