• ChBE 2013 Highlights

    2013 Highlights

    Revisit some department highlights from the past year.
  • Home of ChBE

    Learn more about our world-class research and teaching facilities in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!
  • Kristi Anseth

    Award-Winning Faculty

    Professor Kristi Anseth is one of only a select few nationally to be elected to all three branches of the National Academies. Learn about more faculty, student and staff awards.
  • ChBE Assistant Professor Joel Kaar in his lab

    Research with Impact

    Assistant Professor Joel Kaar's enzyme research can lead to greener chemistries, improved tissue scaffolds, and biopolymers that sense and destroy toxic agents. Learn more about the research being done in ChBE.
  • Learn ChemE Website

    Innovative Teaching

    Our faculty are pioneering active learning tools like screencasts and ConcepTests.
  • ChBE graduate students
  • ChBE Start-Ups

    ChBE is fueling the economy with start-ups!
  • AIChE students at Rentech, Inc.

    Active Student Groups

    Find out how you can get involved with student groups such as AIChE, OXE and SWE.

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Research with Impact

What makes ChBE one of the top research departments in the country?

Compare us to other depts nationwide

 • 2nd in new grants per faculty*
 • 5th in total value of new grants
   per faculty*
 • 8th in Faculty Scholarly
   Productivity Index*
 • 10th in publications per faculty*
 • 10th in citations per faculty*
 • 10th in citations per paper*
 • 8th among public graduate
 • 14th among all graduate programs**
 • 2012 research expenditures
   per faculty = $620K
 • Read about recent notable papers

Research Centers

 • Biorefining and biofuels (C2B2)
 • Renewable and sustainable
   energy (RASEI)
 • Pharmaceutical biotechnology
 • Membrane separations (MAST)
 • Photopolymerization
 • BioFrontiers Institute

Translation of research to industry

 • 10 successful start-up companies
   based on ChBE research
 • Read about recent notable patents

Award-winning faculty

 • 15/24 research faculty have won
   ≥1 national research awards

Student excellence

 • Average incoming grad student
   for 2013-14:
     Quant GRE=162/170

New facilities

 • ChBE's facilities built in 2012:
   Jennie Smoly Caruthers
   Biotechnology Building

* Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)
** U.S. News & World Report (2015)

Teaching with Impact

ChBE teaching

How does ChBE provide a first-rate education?

Innovative teaching

 • Screencasts (over 2 million views)
 • ConcepTests and peer instruction
 • Thinking aloud pair problem solving
 • Flipped classrooms
 • Interactions with industry
 • In-class worksheets + recitations

Strong emphasis on undergrad research

 • 70% of ChBE undergrads
 • Indep Study, Senior Thesis,
   Discovery Learn, UROP

Special programs

 • Co-op
 • Study Abroad
 • Honors Program
 • BS/MS program
 • Earn-Learn

Award-winning educators

 • 15/28 faculty have won ≥1
   teaching awards

Variety of options

 • 2 degrees
     • Chem Eng
     • Chem & Bio Eng
 • 4 options
     • Bioengineering
     • Energy
     • Materials
     • Environmental
 • Pre-med curriculum

Active student groups


Outreach opportunities

 • Engineers Without Borders
 • Earth Explorers
 • AP Prep Tutoring Program
 • Many other high school
    outreach efforts

Stephanie Bryant

Associate Professor Stephanie Bryant received $1.5M from NIH's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for "Personalizing Matrix Assisted Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation." Additionally, Bryant was

Jonathan Scheffe

Jonathan Scheffe, a former graduate student in the research group of Professor Al Weimer, has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida.

Chris Bowman

Distinguished Professor Chris Bowman has received two five-year awards from NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for a total of $4.55M: "CU-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Reactions for Novel Dental Composite Materi

Picture from Anseth's Nature article

The question of whether or not stem cells remember past physical signals was addressed in a recent Nature Materials paper by Disting

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

CU-Boulder's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) has moved to 14th out of 126 chemical engineering programs in the recent

Prashant Nagpal

A recent Nagpal Group paper on enhancing upconversion of infrared photons (“heat”) to ultraviolet-visible photons has been

See what's new with the department in our Spring 2014 Newsletter!

Tues, Jan 21 - Professor Ira Weinstock - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Ben Gurion University, Israel
Metal-oxide Clusters in Nanoparticle Ligand Shells

Tues, Jan 28 - Meagan Mauter - 1:00-2:00pm in JSCBB A115
Carnegie Mellon University
Antecedents and Effects of Company Behavior in Energy Technology Development: Insights from the Solar and Shale Gas Industries

Tues, Jan 28 - Justin Ashworth - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
University of Washington

Tues, Jan 28 - Spring Career and Internship Fair DAY 1 - Starting 9am

Wed Jan 29 - Spring Career and Internship Fair DAY 2 - Starting 9am

Thurs, Jan 30 - Megan McClean - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Princeton University

Tues, Feb 4 - Kara Stowers - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Harvard University
Catalytic Transformations: Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Reactions

Fri, Feb 7 - Negotiation Workshop, Grad Student Prof. Dev. Series - 12:00-1:00pm in JSCBB B115
The Graduate Student Professional Development Series is hosting a workshop on negotiation with Antonio Papuzza, a Leeds Business School Instructor in management & entrepreneurship. Come learn and practice some of the basics involved in successful negotiations! RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/93ZWZZS for free lunch. Contact blake.langdon@colorado.edu for more info.

Tues, Feb 11 - Professor Benny Freeman - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas-Austin

Thurs, Feb 13 - Hailiang Wang - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
University of California-Berkeley
Materials Design for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Catalysis

Tues, Feb 18 - AIChE Rocky Mountain Section Dinner- 6:00pm - 8:45pm in JSCBB A115 and Lobby
Featuring a talk by Al Weimer and a JSCBB Building Tour. Please contact Brian.Olson@ch2m.com or wendy.young@colorado.edu for more information.

Tues, Feb 18 - Yasuo Yoshikuni - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Beche Group

Wed, Feb 19 - Rocky Mountain Medical Technologies Conference - 7:45am - 3:00pm at Folsom Field

Thurs, Feb 20 - Gabriella Schlau-Cohen - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Stanford University

Tues, Feb 25 - Professor Mark Davis - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Department of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Thurs, Feb 27 - Adam Holewinski - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Georgia Tech

Wed, Mar 13 - Spring 2014 ChBE Research Symposium and Networking Event - 5:30pm - 7:30pm in JSCBB A115 and Lobby
The focus this semester is Materials. This event is open to alumni, professionals, graduate researchers, and both CHEN and CBEN undergraduates. Email wendy.young@colorado.edu to RSVP.

Thurs, Apr 17 - Just in Time Hiring and Internship Fair - Starting 9am

Tues, April 22 - Professor Prashant Kamat - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

Tues, April 29 - Professor Kristi Kiick - 2:30-3:30pm in JSCBB A115
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware

ChBE events >
More alumni events >

Prashant Nagpal

Assistant Professor Prashant Nagpal has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for hi

Rich Noble

Professor Rich Noble received the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2013 Innovator of the Year Award this month at the IChemE Awards and Annual Di

John Falconer

ChBE Professor John Falconer was honored with the Michigan State University 2013 Johansen-Crosby Lectureship.

Professor Rich Noble

The 2013 Dean's Faculty Performance Award for Research was awarded to Professor Rich Noble.

Will Medlin and Arthi Jayaraman

Associate Professor Will Medlin and Patten Assistant Professor Arthi Jayaraman were both recipients of a 2013

Arthi Jayaraman

In addition to her recently received 2013 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award, Patten Assistant Professor Arthi Jayaraman has

Arthi Jayaraman

Patten Assistant Professor Arthi Jayaraman has received the 2013 AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) Young Investigator Award

Rich Noble

Congratulations to Professor Rich Noble, who was chosen to receive the 2013 National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Engineering Education Excellence Award!

Undergraduate students Elizabeth Horneber and Brandon Lin were both honored as exceptional graduates by the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Ian Marozas Colleen Courtney and Keesha Erickson

ChBE graduate students Ian Marozas and Colleen Courtney have both been chosen to receive NSF Fellowship Awards, while Keesha Erickson is the recipient of an NSF Honorable Mention. Marozas has also been awarded a Ford Fellowship.

Brennan Coffey

Brennan Coffey, an undergraduate student double majoring in chemical engineering and applied mathematics, is one of only three CU students to be named a 20

Alan Aguirre

Graduate student Alan Aguirre was chosen as the AIChE Featured Young Professional (YP) for the month of November.  Read his interview

ChBE undergraduate student Jhenya Nahreini has been chosen as the College of Engineering's December 2013 Outstanding Graduate of the College.

Robert Elder

Graduate student Robert Elder received a 2013 AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) annual Graduate Student Award.

Kayla Weston took 1st place in the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco for her poster titled ”A Method for Clean H

Staci Van Norman

Staci Van Norman took 2nd place in the Particle Technology Forum Graduate Student Poster Competition at the AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Rachel Viger took 3rd place in the Computing, Simulation and Process Control Division Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.