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



lakeshia taite

Faculty Members Fill Ranks in Strategic Areas, From Democracy to Sustainability

Taite received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in bioengineering at Rice University, then conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Washington.

Students stand at a commencement ceremony

UA to Hold Fall 2021 Commencement

The University of Alabama will hold fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10 and 11 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus.

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The University of Alabama Announces Free App Week, Oct. 18-22

The University of Alabama is waiving application fees for domestic and international prospective students from Monday, Oct. 18, through Friday, Oct. 22.

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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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Fall 2021 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar Series

Time: Thursdays, 11am – 12pm
Location: H.M. Comer 1026

Theme Date Title
19-Aug Graduate Program Review
poly sm logo 26-Aug Mary Kathryn Sewell-Loftin, UAB
Investigating the Mechanobiology of the Tumor Microenvironment
2-Sep Connie Roth, Emory University
Local versus Global Measures of Local Property Changes Near Interfaces in Multicomponent Polymer Materials
9-Sep Graduate Student Presentations
16-Sep Eugenia Kharlampieva, UAB
Responsive polymer assemblies for controlled delivery
23-Sep Brenda Helen Prager, University of Mississippi
Surface and Interfacial Studies on Thermal Barrier and Hydrophobic Coatings on Paper Substrates
30-Sep Elizabeth Barker, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Local Drug Delivery for Improving Drug Penetration in Pediatric Brain Tumors
7-Oct Monirosadat (Sanaz) Sadati, University of South Carolina
Liquid Crystals and the Color of Chirality
14-Oct 3MT and Graduate Student Presentations
21-Oct Virginia Davis, Auburn University
28-Oct No Seminar
4-Nov Randy Mrozek, Army Research Laboratory
Polymer Research and Development at DEVCOM’s Army Research Laboratory
11-Nov No Seminar
18-Nov Graduate Student Presentations
25-Nov No Seminar
2-Dec Graduate Student Presentations

poly sm logo Co-sponsored by Polymers and Soft Materials (Poly-SM) Center

Contact: Amanda Koh,, 205-348-8514

ChBE office: (205) 348-1740

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