The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) offers an innovative graduate program and emphasizes the doctoral degree. ChBE's outstanding national and international students take advantage of the high level of faculty-student collaboration and benefit from access to three interdisciplinary research centers. Department faculty and students have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally.
General research areas within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering include: biomaterials, biopharmaceutical engineering, catalysis, surface science and reaction engineering, complex fluids and microfluidic devices, computational science; energy and environmental applications, membranes and separations, metabolic engineering and directed evolution, nanostructured films and devices, polymer chemistry and engineering, and tissue engineering.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is one of the top research departments in the nation and maintains sophisticated facilities to support research endeavors. Although research in the department spans many diverse fields, there is a particular emphasis on research in biological engineering, functional materials, and renewable energy.
Biological engineering research includes a broad collection of focal areas spanning from the molecular scale (metabolites, genes, protein) to the cellular and multicellular scales. Biological engineering projects account for a significant portion of the research activity within the ChBE Department. This research is supported in a variety of manners: federal grants (NIH, NSF, DOD, etc.), national foundations (Howard Hughes, Cystic Fibrosis, etc.), and industrial collaborators.
Functional Materials research in the ChBE Department is concentrated in a diverse group of research areas including polymers, nanostructured materials, photovoltaic materials, ultrathin films, catalytic materials, self-assembled monolayers, and liquid crystalline materials. The department has strength in studying materials problems at the nanometer and sub-nanometer length scales. Such fundamental investigations are directed toward technological applications.
Finally, the ChBE Department has an active program in renewable energy research. Studies range from the production and utilization of hydrogen to materials for photovoltaics to biorefining and biofuels research. The latter area has significant support through the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), a large collaborative research center led by faculty in the department and supported by university, state, and industry funding. A number of efforts focus on developing catalysts for converting water to hydrogen and CO2 into fuels such as CO and methanol. Another area of focus is the study of novel photovoltaic materials and structures involving organic, inorganic and hybrid structures for efficient solar energy harvesting.
Master of engineering follows the standards of the MS degree program. A 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA is required for regular admission.
The master of science degree requires 30 hours of approved course work and successful completion of a comprehensive final exam or thesis defense. Students may pursue a thesis or non-thesis plan.
The doctor of philosophy degree requires 30 hours of approved course work and 30 hours of dissertation. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination and dissertation defense.
Please visit http://www.colorado.edu/chbe/graduate-program/prospective-graduate-students for more information on graduate admission procedures for the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.
Minimum Standards for Applicants
Full financial support is available to admitted PhD students in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. No additional forms are needed in order to be considered for this funding. Students admitted to the MS degree are not eligible to receive department financial support. A significant number of students are supported through external fellowships and applicants are highly recommended to apply for relevant external fellowships.
Rolling Admissions (no set deadline) for Spring terms.