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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
     10 faculty with h-index > 40*
     7 faculty with h-index > 50*
 • 15th among all graduate programs**
 • 9th 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***
 • 2015 research expenditures
   per faculty = $650K
 • 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 (2017)
*** Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Teaching with Impact

Hrenya teaching

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

 • Undergrad program ranked 20th
    by US News (2016)
 • Only undergrad ChemE program in
    Mountain Time Zone to make the list

Innovative teaching

 • Screencasts (over 10 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
 • 2 options
     • Energy
     • Materials
 • Pre-med curriculum
 • Biomedical minor

Active student groups

 • AIChE, OXE, SWE, BMES, ISPE
    Energy Club

Outreach opportunities

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


Stephanie Bryant and Joel Kaar

Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephanie Bryant and Assistant Professor Joel Kaar, winners of the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Awards for 2016.

Cover of the August 2016 ACS Catalysis journal

Research from PhD candidate Garrett Chado and Professors Mark Stoykovich and Joel Kaar has been highlighted on the August 2016 cover of ACS Catalysis.

Professor Christine Hrenya’s research on concentrating solar power plants has been featured in the August edition of ASCRDiscovery.

Amy Kramer

Kramer earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and a J.D. from CU Boulder and works for Greenberg Traurig in Denver.

Kristi Anseth works in the lab

Professor Kristi Anseth is among the most highly cited researchers worldwide in materials science, according to a 2016 list released this month.

Tariq Jamil accepts his award for Best Poster.

PhD student Tariq Jamil earned the "Best Poster" award at the 5th World Congress on Materials Science & Engineering, held June 13-15 in Alicante, Spain.

Michael Detamore in the lab

Michael Detamore (ChemEngr ’00) has been named founding director of the new Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

Chris Bowman and Dan Schwartz

Two faculty members have won performance awards bestowed by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Adrienne Rosales

Adrianne Rosales, a postdoctoral researcher in the Anseth research group, was selected for the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface program.

Four men with CU connections stand at the top of snow-covered Denali.

A group of CU Boulder affiliates climbed 20,310-foot Denali, the highest peak in North America, earlier this month.

  • Aug. 30, 2016: Grad Student Science Playlist Party | 4 p.m. | Gemmill Library
    The Gemmill Library of Engineering, Math & Physics (1st floor, Math Building) is hosting a Graduate Student Welcome Playlist Party. We’ll provide the speakers, snacks and Spotify; you provide 2-3 songs that get you pumped in the lab, in the library or anytime. We’ll add them to our playlist and play your songs during the night. We’ll even email you the playlist when we’re done! Come talk music and science, make new friends and meet your friendly librarians.
  • Sept. 6, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Marie Pierre Krafft, CNRS research director at the University of Strasbourg. Event hosted by Andrew Goodwin.

  • Sept. 15, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Chinedum Osuji, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Event hosted by Rich Noble and Doug Gin.
  • Sept. 22, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from C. Daniel Frisbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and head of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Event hosted by Prashant Nagpal.
  • Oct. 4, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Gregg Beckham, senior engineering at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will present a seminar on "Breaking Down Plant Cell Walls: A few short stories in improving biofuelds production processes." Event hosted by Will Medlin.
  • Oct. 5, 2016: StARS (Student Annual Research Symposium)
    Learn from ChBE graduate students about research happening in our labs through short presentations.
    Location: JSCBB
    Contact: StARSatCU@gmail.com
  • Oct. 18, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Ravi Kane, the Garry Betty/V Foundation Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Cancer Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech, will present a seminar on "The Design of Nanoscale Therapeutics and Nanostructured Materials." Event hosted by Joel Kaar.
  • Oct. 25, 2016: Distinguished Patten Seminar | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, will present the Distinguished Patten Seminar. Event hosted by Charles Musgrave.
  • Nov. 1, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Mark Brynildsen, assistant professor in chemical and biological engineering at Princeton. Event hosted by Anushree Chatterjee.
  • Nov. 8, 2016: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Satish Kumar, professor of materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech. Event hosted by Hendrik Heinz.
  • Jan. 26, 2017: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Chad Mirkin, chemistry professor and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern. Event hosted by Jennifer Cha and Marvin Caruthers.
  • Jan. 31, 2017: Patten Seminar Series | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Patrick Stayton, professor and director of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington. Event hosted by Andrew Goodwin.
  • April 25, 2017: Aldrich Lectureship | 2:30 p.m. | JSCBB Room A108
    Hear from Craig Hawker, the Alan and Ruther Heeger Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and director of the Materials Research Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara. Event hosted by Charles Musgrave and Andrew Goodwin.

Events for alumni >


Stephanie Bryant and Joel Kaar

Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephanie Bryant and Assistant Professor Joel Kaar, winners of the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Awards for 2016.

Chris Bowman and Dan Schwartz

Two faculty members have won performance awards bestowed by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Andrew Goodwin

The National Academy of Engineering has invited Assistant Professor Andrew Goodwin to participate in its 2016 U.S.

Congratulations to our 2016 ChBE Awards Ceremony honorees!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence (CHEN)

Kristi Anseth

ChBE Professor Kristi Anseth will receive an honorary doctorate from Purdue University, her undergraduate alma mater, on May 13.

Kristi Anseth inducted into 2015 National Academy of Inventors

Professor Kristi Anseth has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow, a distinction recognizing academic inventors whose innovations make a tangible impact on society.

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

Tariq Jamil accepts his award for Best Poster.

PhD student Tariq Jamil earned the "Best Poster" award at the 5th World Congress on Materials Science & Engineering, held June 13-15 in Alicante, Spain.

Adrienne Rosales

Adrianne Rosales, a postdoctoral researcher in the Anseth research group, was selected for the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface program.

Congratulations to our 2016 ChBE Awards Ceremony honorees!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence (CHEN)

Ben Grote

The department is proud to recognize senior Ben Grote of Littleton, winner of the 2016 Donald Mackison Student Writing Award. The award includes a $1,000 prize and recognition at an upcoming ceremony.

2016 NSF Honorable Mentions - Coan, Coscia, Falatach, McGrath

Congratulations to graduate students Patrick Coan, Benjamin Coscia, Rebecca Falatach, and Mike McGrath for being awarded 2016 NSF Honorable Mentions.

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