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Our Department

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering leads research for both traditional chemical and energy industries as well as new areas of application and innovation, such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, advanced materials, and sustainable energy.

Our primary mission is to educate future leaders and innovators through the creation of fundamental knowledge and technologies in the chemical and biomolecular sciences and engineering. We prioritize fostering creativity, nurturing and recognizing excellence, and promoting a collegial and cohesive research and educational environment while emphasizing the value of diversity and inclusivity.

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Undergraduate Programs

The department is a vibrant community for our students with a diverse student body and state-of-the-art facilities.

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Cutting-Edge Research

CBE conducts research in chemical and energy industries as well as new areas of application and innovation.

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Graduate Programs

Join CBE for graduate studies and research in one of our nine research thrusts led by dedicated faculty.

Recent News

Lab Partners: Eastman, UT Share History of Success

The partnership between CBE and Eastman Chemical Co. over the past decade has positively impacted faculty, students, and spaces on campus.

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Advincula’s Hire Latest Sign of CBE’s Relationship with ORNL

Rigoberto Advincula has joined the department as UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced and Nanostructured Materials, further strengthening the relationship with ORNL.

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McKinley Award Encourages Hao

Naijia Hao (PhD ’20) received the 2020 Jim and Sändra McKinley Outstanding Graduate Student Award for demonstrating a high degree of effort in the classroom and excellent leadership in the lab.

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Important Interactions

Associate Professor Steven Abel is teaching students to use mathematical and computational tools to study cell biology in his new first-year seminar, Exploring COVID-19.

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