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



Professor poses in laboratory.

Wang recognized as early-career innovator and selected to join IGNIITE 2024 program

Dr. Zhongyang Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, was selected as an awardee of the Inspiring Generations of New Innovators to Impact Technologies in Energy (IGNIITE) 2024 program....

Innovative UA Research Recognized with NSF CAREER Awards

Four professors at The University of Alabama received one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honors for early-career faculty.

Group photo in front of a blue curtain and sign

Summer Program Faculty Directors and Participants Represent College at Emerging Researchers National Conference

Drs. Steven Weinman and Stephen Ritchie recently represented the College of Engineering at the 2024 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington, D.C....

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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 2024 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar Series

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

Theme Date Speaker University/Institute
August 22, 2024 Dr. Yuping Bao
Graduate Program Overview
August 29, 2024 Dr. Paul Kohl
Dr. Paul Kohl Seminar
Georgia Institute of Technology
September 5, 2024 Dr. Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos
Dr. Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos Seminar
University of Florida
September 12, 2024 Dr. Dilip Gersappe,
Dr. Dilip Gersappe Seminar
SUNY-Stony Brook
September 19, 2024 Dr. Gerri Botte
Dr. Gerri Botte Seminar
Texas Tech University
September 26, 2024 Dr. Megan Robertson
Dr. Megan Robertson Seminar
University of Houston
October 3, 2024 Dr. Karthish Manthiram
Dr. Karthish Manthiram Seminar
California Institute of Technology
October 10, 2024 Dr. Jingguang Chen
Dr. Jingguang Chen Seminar
Columbia University
October 17, 2024 Dr. Feng Jiao
Dr. Feng Jiao Seminar
Washington University in Saint Louis
October 24, 2024 Dr. Bryan Pivovar
Dr. Bryan Pivovar Seminar
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
November 7, 2024 Dr. Paul Kenis
Dr. Paul Kenis Seminar
Paul Kenis, University of Illinois
November 14, 2024 Dr. Umit Ozkan
Dr. Umit Ozkan Seminar
Umit Ozkan, Ohio State University
November 21, 2024 Dr. Yushan Yan
Dr. Yushan Yan Seminar
University of Delaware
December 5, 2024 Dr. Plamen Atanassov
Dr. Plamen Atanassov Seminar
University of California, Irvine

Contact: Zhongyang Wang;
ChBE office: (205) 348-6619

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