The Chemical Engineering Department offers a vibrant research program that balances chemical engineering fundamentals and industrial technology. From its foundation in the 1950s, the department has educated distinguished scholars and technical leaders. The wide-ranging research taking place within the department is broadly divided into the following areas:

  • bioengineering
  • catalysis and renewable energy
  • materials science and nanotechnology
  • molecular, multi-scale, and system-level modeling

Students who are accepted in the Chemical Engineering department's PhD program are offered a full graduate research assistantship that includes health-care coverage, tuition waiver, and a stipend for living expenses.

Each year, this highly selective program typically receives over 300 applications for a class size of 10–15 students. We accept students from all majors, and you do not need to have a master's degree to apply for a PhD.