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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 18th
    by US News (2017)
 • 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


(L-R) Professor Alan Weimer, CU Boulder alum Karen Buechler, CU Boulder alum Mike Masterson and Professor Steve George are at ALD NanoSolutions in Broomfield, Colorado.

The advanced materials ALD Nano is creating are helping to transform industries like lighting, energy storage, consumer electronics and water purification.

Dragan Mejic

Congratulations to Dragan Mejic, shop manager and instrument fabricator for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, on 15 years of service to the department.

Jeff Sczechowski and Megan Wierzbinski

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Sczechowski as a senior instructor and Megan Wierzbinski as an administrative coordinator.

Mike Wirth

Alumnus Mike Wirth has been named vice chairman of Chevron Corporation effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Charles Musgrave

It is with great pride that I reflect on all the wonderful accomplishments and events of 2016 and look forward to an exciting 2017.

Clare Wise

Recent graduate Clare Wise has won the Pac-12 Leadership Award and a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Chris Bowman

Professor Christopher Bowman has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors for 2016.

Aidan Coffey presenting poster

Several CU Boulder Chemical and Biological Engineering students took home awards for excellence at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop next-generation vaccines that require no refrigeration and defend against infectious diseases with just one shot.

Al Weimer works with a student

A Broomfield company that emerged from University of Colorado Boulder research labs is reporting a “banner year” marked by new patents, an expanded customer base and doubled manufacturing space.

  • 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 >


Chris Bowman

Professor Christopher Bowman has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors for 2016.

Christine Hrenya

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million in additional research funding to Professors Christine Hrenya and Thomas Hauser to advance simulation technologies that are being used to develop next-generation energy systems.

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

Clare Wise

Recent graduate Clare Wise has won the Pac-12 Leadership Award and a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.

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.