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Research Overview

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Chemical engineering education is at the threshold of significant changes, which have been brought about by recent advances in the life sciences, nanotechnology, and the energy challenge. As a result, we have targeted three fundamental research areas for emphasis in the next five years: Advanced Materials, Sustainable Energy, and Biomolecular Engineering.

» View these research thrusts and the associated faculty in a schematic diagram.

The Sustainable Energy Education and Research Center plays an important role in our overall research portfolio, and was targeted and funded based upon the department’s strategic plan. In addition, we have initiated significant interactions with joint institutes (UT-ORNL) in the areas of advanced materials, computational sciences, biological sciences, and neutron scattering.

Research Thrusts

Advanced Materials



Biomolecular Engineering



Sustainable Energy


Research Partners



» View a full list of partners that work with CBE.

Additional Information

» Students seeking research opportunities: Go to our Faculty Page to find a professor that specializes in your research interests. Email the faculty member(s) that you would like to do research for. Attach a resume that includes your current GPA. If you don’t hear back from them within a week, feel free to stop by their office.

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