• Home of ChBE

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  • 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
   programs**
 • 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:
     GPA=3.86/4.0
     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
   participate
 • 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

 • AIChE, OXE, SWE, BMES

Outreach opportunities

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


Rich Noble and student

The American Chemical Society has named Professor Richard Noble the

Dan Schwartz

The American Chemical Society has named ChBE Department Chair Dan Schwartz a 2014 ACS Fellow.

Kristi Anseth

The 2014 AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering (FPBE) Division Award will be presented to Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth this coming Novemb

Will Medlin

Associate Professor Will Medlin was recently named a Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor.

Hydrogen from sunlight

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced its $20

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Keep up with the department through the summer 2014 ChBE Newsletter.

Stacey Skaalure

Stacey Skaalure, who recently received her Ph.D. under the advisement of Associate Professor Stephanie Bryant, has been named a Whitaker Scholar.

Ana Cleves

We are happy to welcome new ChBE Office Administrator Ana Cleves to the department.

Thurs July 17 - CU Engineering College Picnic - 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at North Boulder Park in Boulder

Wed, Sept 10 - Chevron Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with Mike Wirth

Tues Sept 9 - Meet Buff Employers, focus on Money, Products and Sales - 4:30–6:30 p.m. in S350 and Abrams Lounge in the Center for Community
For those interested in Banking, Insurance, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Retail, and Sales

Tues Sept 23 - Meet Buff Employers, focus on Research, Design & Engineering - 4:30–6:30 p.m. in S350 and Abrams Lounge in the Center for Community
For those interested in Research, Manufacturing, Government, Technology, Startup, Energy, and Engineering (technical jobs)

Tues, Oct 7 - ChBE Patten Distinguished Lecture - 1:00 p.m. in JSCBB A115
Professor Keith P. Johnston, University of Texas at Austin
Reversible Nanoclusters from Nanoparticles: Colloid Science Fundamentals and Applications Including Protein Drug Delivery and Biomedical Imaging

Tues, Oct 7 - Student Annual Research Symposium (StARS) - please contact wendy.young@colorado.edu if you are an alum interested in judging the talks

Wed Oct 8 - Meet Buff Employers, focus on Computers, Electronics and Telecommunications - 4:30–6:30 p.m. in S350 and Abrams Lounge in the Center for Community
For those interested in Software, Hardware, Telecommunications, and Electronics

Tues Oct 14 - Meet Buff Employers, "Help People and Go Green" - 4:30–6:30 p.m. in S350 and Abrams Lounge in the Center for Community
For those interested in Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Nonprofit, Environment and Sustainability

Wed Oct 22 - Meet Buff Employers, "Go Global and Travel" - 4:30–6:30 p.m. in S350 and Abrams Lounge in the Center for Community
For those interested in International, Multinational, Cross-Cultural, and Teaching/Working Abroad

ChBE events >
More alumni events >


Rich Noble and student

The American Chemical Society has named Professor Richard Noble the

Dan Schwartz

The American Chemical Society has named ChBE Department Chair Dan Schwartz a 2014 ACS Fellow.

Kristi Anseth

The 2014 AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering (FPBE) Division Award will be presented to Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth this coming Novemb

Will Medlin

Associate Professor Will Medlin was recently named a Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor.

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.

Stacey Skaalure

Stacey Skaalure, who recently received her Ph.D. under the advisement of Associate Professor Stephanie Bryant, has been named a Whitaker Scholar.

Congratulations to all the honorees at this year's ChBE Awards Banquet!

Duncan Chadly

Undergraduate Duncan Chadly has received the 2014 Genentech Outstanding Student Award. This award includes both a scholarship and an optional summer internship.

Rachel Viger

Chemical engineering student and varsity Cross Country Team member Rachel Viger has been honored with a number of awards as she finishes up her undergraduate career.

Kayla Weston

Kayla Weston has been awarded the Colorado Engineering Council’s 2014 Silver Medal, the top honor given annually to a graduating senior.

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.