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Research Overview

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. We are transitioning to embrace and utilize fully these changes in order to meet global challenges in health care, the environment, renewable energy sources, national security, and economic prosperity. To this end, a firm dedication has been instituted to educate leaders and innovators through creation of fundamental knowledge and technologies in the chemical and biomolecular sciences and engineering. Specifically, we have targeted three fundamental research areas for emphasis in the next five years: Micro and Nano-Structured Materials, Sustainable Energy, and Biomolecular Engineering.

These research thrusts and the associated faculty are displayed in the schematic diagram below. All of our faculty hires in the past three years fill a niche in this strategic plan which spans at least two of these complementary areas. Future hires will be carefully chosen to fill in the missing pieces of the overall departmental research theme.

Picture of CBE research areas.

Each target area contains several components of research that are critical to the overall research theme. Associated faculty members are listed in red, and departmental adjunct faculty are listed in green. These faculty play vital roles in fulfilling the mission of each cog in the overall scheme. 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.

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