Chemical and Biological Engineering Research

With award-winning faculty and graduate students, new facilities built in 2012, multiple research centers, and an emphasis on multidiscipline collaboration, ChBE is a top research department in areas ranging from biological engineering to functional materials to energy.

Professor Rich Noble and studentCompare us to other institutions nationwide.

 • 15th among all graduate programs**
 • 9th among public graduate programs**
 • $650K in research expenditures per faculty (2015)
 • 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***

* Based on Google Scholar data
** U.S. News & World Report (2017)
*** Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Stephanie BryantFaculty Profile

  • Faculty (tenured or tenure-track): 25
  • Number of peer-reviewed publications per faculty per year: 8
  • Highly-cited
      • 10 faculty with h-index > 40
      • 7 faculty with h-index > 50


Faculty Excellence in Research

•  18/22 tenure-track faculty have won ≥1 national research awards
•  Major research awards:
    •  Elected member of National Academy of Engineering (1)
    •  Elected member of the Institute of Medicine (1)
    •  Elected member of National Academy of Sciences (1)
    •  AIChE Professional Progress Award (2)
    •  National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow (1)
    •  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator (1)
    •  AIChE Colburn Award (2)
    •  NSF Presidential Young Investigator (4)
    •  Department of Energy Early Career Award (2)
    •  NSF CAREER Award (7)
    •  Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (3)
    •  Camille-Dreyfus Teacher Scholar (3)
    •  National Institutes of Health (NIH) FIRST Award (2)
    •  MRS Outstanding Young Investigator (2)
    •  Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program Award (1)
    •  NIH New Innovator Award (1)
    •  ASEE Dow Lectureship (1)

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology BuildingNew Facilities

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

Opportunities for Collaboration

  • Numerous Research Centers
  • New facilities also house BioFrontiers Institute and Division of Biochemistry
  • Close proximity to national labs (NREL, NIST, NCAR, NOAA)
  • Successful start-up companies based on ChBE research

Will MedlinEnergy-Related Research

Watch Professors John Falconer, Jennifer Cha, and Will Medlin present on their energy-related research in ChBE's Spring 2013 Research Symposium: Focus on Energy.

Please note that although it is tough to hear host Dan Schwartz introducing everyone, the speakers themselves can all be heard clearly.