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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, interactive simulations 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

 • Highly-cited
     9 faculty with h-index > 40*
     6 faculty with h-index > 50*
 • 14th among all graduate programs**
 • 8th among public graduate
 • 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:
     Quant GRE=163/170
 • 14 NSF Graduate Fellows
 • 6 NIH Fellows
 • 24 alumni who are university

World-class facilities

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

* Based on Google Scholar data
** U.S. News & World Report (2015)
*** Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Teaching with Impact

ChBE teaching

How does ChBE provide a first-rate education?

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
 • Indep Study, Senior Thesis,
   Discovery Learn, UROP

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

Active student groups


Outreach opportunities

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

John Falconer

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

Balaji Sridhar

Advancing the boundaries of biomedical science requires a broad skillset. To make appreciable advances, medical scientists must have an intimate knowledge of how a body functions and be able to run a mechanism-based research lab.

Chem-E-Car Team

The CU Chem-E-Car team was the double winner of this year’s Chem-E-Car Competition and Chem-E-Car Poster Competition.

Alumni backpacking

ChBE alumni (BS'13) Luke Arlow, Karina Sevcik, Tyler Gleditsch, and Jun Su An backpack in Washington State.

  • Tues, Mar 3 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A115
    Albert Keung, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
  • Tues, Mar 10 - ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A115
    Xiaogjun (Lance) Lian, Department of Medicine, Harvard University/Karolinska Institutet- Sweden
  • Tues, Mar 17- ChBE Patten Seminar Series - 2:30 p.m. in JSCBB A115
    Rob Messinger, LEPMI Laboratory, CNRS-INPGrenoble
  • Mar 19 - Energy Frontiers 2015
    10am-5pminUMC Ballroom

  • Apr 17-19 - 2015 Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference
    Hosted by CU-Boulder

  • May 9 - CU Commencement Ceremony
    8:30amatFolsom Stadium

More alumni events >

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)

NSF Logo

Assistant Joel Kaar received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his proposal, Rational Engineering of an Ionic Liquid Compatible Cellulase Cocktail.

Professor Al Weimer

The research group of Professor Al Weimer was among the recipients of nearly $1.8M from the latest round of Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program.

Kristi Anseth

Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth was recently elected to the 3-year president line of the Materials Research Society (MRS) by its 16,000 global members.

Dan Schwartz

Department Chair and Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor Dan Schwartz was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Research.

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

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.

Garrett Chado at 2015 ACS Conference

Garrett Chado was a winner of the ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division (PMSE) poster competition at the

Brittany Earle

Undergraduate Brittany Earle has been named the Outstanding Graduate of the College. This award is given for overall strength in academics, service, and research.

Tobin Brown and Peter Otoupal

Second-year PhD students Tobin Brown and Peter Otoupal have both won 2015 NSF Awards.

Simon Pang

Simon Pang has received the College’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for his work titled, “Improving Catalytic Selectivity through Control of Adsorption Orientation.”

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!