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



UA to Honor 8 Faculty for Research, Creativity

Eight faculty members will be recognized with the President’s Faculty Research Award.

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Weinman Named Young Membrane Scientist Award Winner

The North American Membrane Society (NAMS) recently named Dr. Steven Weinman, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, one of its 2023 Young Membrane Scientist Award winners. Weinman was one...

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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 2023 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar Series

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

Theme Date Speaker University/Institute
October 5, 2023 Arthur J. Ragauskas
Dr. Ragauskas’ talk topic is to be announced
October 12, 2023 Sharon Glotzer
Dr. Glotzer’s talk topic is to be announced
October 19, 2023 Paulette Clancy
Dr. Clancy’s talk topic is to be announced
Johns Hopkins
October 26, 2023 Madelyn Ball
Insights into active site structures for multifunctional heterogeneous catalysts
West Virginia
November 2, 2023 Yomaira Pagán Torres
Dr. Torres’ talk topic is to be announced
UPR Mayaguez
November 16, 2023 Zhaohui (Julene) Tong
Dr. Tong’s talk topic is to be announced
Georgia Tech
November 30, 2023 Jean-Philippe Tessonnier
Dr. Tessonnier’s talk topic is to be announced
Iowa State
December 7, 2023 William Mustain
New Materials vs. Reaction Engineering in Electrochemical Systems: Understanding Performance and Durability in Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
South Carolina

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

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