School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemists discover and create new compounds, but it’s chemical engineers who turn them into products that people need and use.

Chemical and biomolecular engineers are developing frontier technologies in drug design and delivery, biotechnology, nanotechnology, alternate energy resources, and environmentally neutral manufacturing. In these fields and many others, chemical engineers provide the intellectual capital that powers today’s global enterprises.

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, founded in 1901, offers some of the country's largest and highest ranked programs in these fields. 

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Treat diseases, create a cleaner future, and spark new ideas, processes, and products.

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Three people in a lab look at a laptop screen in front of a direct air capture system

Postdoctoral fellow Poorandokht Kashkouli, seated, discusses test data from their direct air capture rig with Ryan Lively, left, and Chris Jones. The system pulls air across filter materials to remove carbon dioxide.

Martha Grover works with a student in the lab

Martha Grover and a student working in the lab.

A flow battery configuration

Nian Liu’s lab developed a more compact flow battery cell configuration, reducing size and cost of the battery.