• Professor Anushree Chatterjee

    Research with Impact

    Learn more about the research being done in ChBE.
  • Active Student Groups

    Get involved with student groups such as OXE, the CU Energy Club and AIChE (shown winning the regional Chem-E-Car Competition).
  • 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.
  • Learn ChemE Website

    Innovative Teaching

    Our faculty are pioneering active learning tools like screencasts, interactive simulations and ConcepTests.
  • Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

    Mentor Programs

    Join the Alumni-Student or Peer Mentor Program!
  • ChBE Start-Ups

    ChBE is fueling the economy with start-ups!

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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

 • Highly-cited
     9 faculty with h-index > 40*
     6 faculty with h-index > 50*
 • 16th among all graduate programs**
 • 10th among public graduate
   programs**
 • 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***
 • 2013 research expenditures
   per faculty = $572K
 • 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

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

Award-winning faculty

 • 18/22 TTT faculty have won ≥1
   national research awards

Student excellence

 • Average incoming grad student
   for 2014-15:
     GPA=3.86/4.0
     Quant GRE=163/170
 • 14 NSF Graduate Fellows
 • 6 NIH Fellows
 • 24 alumni who are university
   professors

World-class facilities

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

* Based on Google Scholar data
** U.S. News & World Report (2016)
*** Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Teaching with Impact

Hrenya teaching

How does ChBE provide a first-rate education?
 
Highly ranked

 • Undergrad program ranked 18th
    by US News (2015)
 • Only undergrad ChemE program in
    Mountain Time Zone to make the list

Innovative teaching

 • Screencasts (over 7 million views)
 • ConcepTests and peer instruction
 • Interactive simulations
 • 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

ChBE Mentor Programs

 • Peer Mentor Program
 • Alumni-Student Mentor Program

Special programs

 • 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
 • Biomedical minor

Active student groups

 • AIChE, OXE, SWE, BMES

Outreach opportunities

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


Christine Hrenya

ChBE Professor Christine Hrenya and co-PI Thomas Hauser of research computing received an 18-month award of $686K from the Department of Energy for “AOI [4B] MFIX DEM Enhancement for Industry-Relevant Flows.”

Hendrik Heinz

Professor Hendrik Heinz has been appointed an Associate Editor of the journal RSC Advances.

Hendrik Heinz

For experimental and modeling studies of new commercial organic additive for the grinding of inorganic solids, ChBE Professor Hendrik Heinz and his colleagues recently rece

Keesha Erickson

PhD candidate Keesha Erickson won a competitive 2016 Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Award for her proposal, “Discovery of novel drug

Jace Blackburn

The winner of the Genentech Outstanding Student Award is CBEN junior Jace Blackburn.

Professor Christine Hrenya has been appointed an Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal.

Bowman CNA research

In nature, sequence controls function; differences between you and another person – or organism – primarily arise not from different average DNA compositions, but from different DNA sequences.

Vanessa Witte

Vanessa Witte was awarded 3rd place in the 2015 Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City last week.

  • Tues, Sept 8 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Zhenan Bao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
    Skin-Inspired Electronic Materials and Devices
     
  • Tues, Sept 15 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor William J. Koros, Department of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Why and How Membranes Can Transform Large Scale Gas Separation Processes
     
  • Tues, Sept 22 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Michael J. Janik, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
    Computational Catalyst Design: Examining Active Sites of Transition Metal/ceria Surfaces
     
  • Tues, Sept 29 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Fanxing Li, Department of Chemical and Molecular Bioengineering, North Carolina State University
    Tailored Transition Metal Oxides for Sustainable Carbonaceous Fuel Conversion
     
  • Tues, Oct 6 - StARS
     
  • Tues, Oct 6 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Jennifer Wilcox, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
     
  • Tues, Oct 13 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Andrea Armani, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California
    Portable Sensors based on Integrated Photonics and Functional Materials
     
  • Tues, Oct 20 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 4:00 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Jeffrey A. Hubbell (Patten Distinguished Lecturer), Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
    Materials and Protein Engineering for Manipulating Immunological Tolerance
     
  • Tues, Oct 27 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor David Schaffer, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
    Molecular Elucidation and Engineering of Stem Cell Fate Decisions
     
  • Tues, Nov 3 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Huimin Zhao, Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Building a Biological Foundry for Next-Generation Synthetic Biology
     
  • Tues, Nov 17 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A108
    Professor Samir Mitragotri, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
     

More alumni events >


Christine Hrenya

ChBE Professor Christine Hrenya and co-PI Thomas Hauser of research computing received an 18-month award of $686K from the Department of Energy for “AOI [4B] MFIX DEM Enhancement for Industry-Relevant Flows.”

Hendrik Heinz

For experimental and modeling studies of new commercial organic additive for the grinding of inorganic solids, ChBE Professor Hendrik Heinz and his colleagues recently rece

Professor Christine Hrenya has been appointed an Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal.

Al Weimer

As recognition of his transformational contributions to the production of renewable/ sustainable hydrogen by splitting water using concentrated sunlight, Professor Al Weimer

Will Medlin

The 2015 Dean’s Outstanding Research Award, based on excellence in research as assessed by annual evaluations, was bestowed upon Associate Professor Will Medlin

Jennifer Cha

Norviel Associate Professor Jennifer Cha has been honored as a 2015 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award winner.

Alan Weimer

Professor Alan Weimer has received the 2015 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Award for his innovative nanoengineering work.

John Falconer

Professor John Falconer is the recipient of the 2015 Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

Congratulations to all the honorees at the 2015 ChBE Awards Banquet!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence (CHEN)

Keesha Erickson

PhD candidate Keesha Erickson won a competitive 2016 Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Award for her proposal, “Discovery of novel drug

Jace Blackburn

The winner of the Genentech Outstanding Student Award is CBEN junior Jace Blackburn.

Vanessa Witte

Vanessa Witte was awarded 3rd place in the 2015 Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City last week.

Tariq Jamil

PhD student Tariq Jamil received a travel grant from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) to present multiple talks at the fall 2015 Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Weidner

Senior chemical engineering student Andrew Weidner was the recipient of a prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

Brady Worrell

Postdoctoral Research Associate Brady Worrell has received a prestigious Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award.

Congratulations to all the honorees at the 2015 ChBE Awards Banquet!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence (CHEN)

Glenn Hafenstine

The Ryland Graduate Fellowship was recently awarded to graduate student Glenn Hafenstine to continue his research on catalytic upgrading of cellular products into high value hydrocarbons.

DLA Symposium Winner Tessa Melli

Tessa Melli took 1st place at the recent DLA symposium in the category Deviceful Da Vinci's. Her poster was titled, "A dual-cure polymeric material with thermally-induced self-healing capabilities."

Vanessa Witte

Congratulations to Vanessa Witte who took 1st Place in her research area at the College of Engineering Discovery Learning Apprentice Poster Presentations.