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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

Advincula Earns Prestigious NAI Fellow Honor

Rigoberto Advincula has been elected National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, one of the highest honors of his profession.

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What’s It Made Of? Advincula’s 3D-Printing Lab Maintains Material Focus

Rigoberto Advincula’s new 3D printing lab focuses on the polymers used in the printing: How do these materials work together?

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Danquah Recognized with Excellence in Chemical Engineering Award

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Michael Danquah, was awarded the 2023 Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering.

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Ragauskas Named Acting Department Head

UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining Art Ragauskas has been selected to lead the department, where he will serve a two year term as the interim department head.

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