Research activities in the department vary widely, covering most pressing areas in the chemical engineering field today.



Bama Abroad: Chemical and Biological Engineering Faculty Travel to Nigeria for Recruiting Trip

With an enrollment number of more than 5,000, the UA College of Engineering is home to students from countless states and countries across the globe. As such, one of the...

James Sheehan

Sheehan Elected to Leadership Board of Forest Bioproducts Division

Dr. James Sheehan, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, was elected as one of the directors on the leadership board of the Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP) within the American...

University professor works to remove potentially carcinogenic ‘forever chemicals’ from water

Milad Esfahani, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at The University of Alabama, has been leading research into ways to remove potentially carcinogenic “forever chemicals” from drinking water that...

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Research efforts are concentrated in biotechnology; computational; polymers and soft materials; electronic materials and devices; and energy and the environment.


One of the biggest assets to the department is the 25-foot-tall distillation column, located in the high-bay area of Bevill.

One of only a few of its kind, this $105,000 glass tower was donated by alumnus Ralph Lewis, vice president of sales of Texaco, and the Texaco Corp. Students gain first-hand experience with its controls, design and operation. In the 1,200-square-foot high-bay area, students work with a gas chromatograph, reaction vessels, a computer-controlled batch still interfaced to a Camile data acquisition and control system, and a steady-state glass still. Students spend a good portion of their summer Operations Laboratory performing experiments with the distillation column.

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Spring 2024 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar Series

Time: 11am-12pm, Thursdays, Central Time
Location: HM Comer 1026

Theme Date Speaker University/Institute
March 7, 2024 Thomas Dziubla
Designing Biomaterials to take advantage of cellular red/ox systems
March 21, 2024 Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Ab initio-driven machine-learning models for aqueous systems and molten salts
March 28, 2024 Nader Taheri Qazvini
Nader Taheri Qazvini Seminar
South Carolina
April 4, 2024 Sindee Simon
Nanoconfined Polymerizations
NC State
April 11, 2024 Susannah Scott
Valorization of polyolefins via catalytic upcycling, from monomers to higher value molecules
UC Santa Barbara
April 18, 2024 J. Carson Meredith
J. Carson Meredith Seminar
GA Tech
April 25, 2024 Linda J. Broadbelt
Developing Strategies for Polymer Redesign and Recycling Using Reaction Pathway Analysis

Contact: James Sheehan;
ChBE office: (205) 348-6619

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