Research centers are an important part of the graduate and undergraduate research carried out in the department, and significantly increase the interaction between students and industry.

BioFrontiers Institute

The BioFrontiers Institute, formerly the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology (CIMB), was founded at the University of Colorado to:

  • Advance human health and welfare by exploring critical frontiers of unknown biology and translating new knowledge to practical applications.
  • Educate a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists, empowering them to work together to push the boundaries of human knowledge and reap its benefits.
  • Leverage and expand Colorado’s leadership in biotechnology and its promise for human advancement.

The BioFrontiers Institute is uniquely defined both by its excellent researchers and leadership, and by the scientific and geographical ecosystem that empowers their work.

The Institute is housed in the state-of-the-art Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building on CU-Boulder’s East Campus. This new facility brings together the Initiative’s scientific passion and drive with the resources it takes to explore critical areas of unknown biology and translate that knowledge into applications that will advance human health and welfare.

Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology

The Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering Departments currently have a National Science Foundation Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST) that is funded by NSF, industrial sponsors, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the University of Colorado. In addition to Chemical and Biological Engineering, faculty from Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering and faculty from other Colorado schools have projects with the center.

Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

The Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is jointly run by the Department of Chemical Engineering and the School of Pharmacy and is funded by industrial sponsors. The Center is divided into three research cores: (i) pharmaceutics, covering drug stability and drug delivery research, (ii) molecular biology, where recombinant DNA technology is employed to identify new drug targets, synthesize macromolecular therapeutics, and understand the molecular basis of disease, and (iii) analytical chemistry, where new methods are developed to characterize macromolecular structure, in vivo drug concentrations, and drug purity.

Photopolymerization Center

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fundamentals and Application of Photopolymerization is operated jointly with the University of Iowa. It is currently funded by six companies and NSF. The center strives to increase the understanding of kinetics and mechanics of photopolymerizations and their applications. In addition, the center strives to create an interface between industrial scientists and the academics.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

RASEI reflects a three pronged approach through discovery, transformation, and entrepreneurship in linking the University's research in renewable and sustainable energy with climate and environmental science, behavioral science, and policy analysis, to name a few.

RASEI was developed to solve the energy crisis through research, education and technology. The Institue was launched in 2006 by co-directors Carl Koval of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ray Stutts of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).