Scholarship in the department is focused around the application of chemical engineering and materials science to five primary application domains: biotechnology, energy, environment, microstructured materials, and nanotechnology. The department has 31 affiliated research active faculty, 16 with primary appointments in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and 15 with primary appointments in other units on campus. There are also 43 Chemical and Biochemical Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. students and 41 Materials Science and Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. students.
Schematic of a new method for the assembly of patterned colloidal nanoparticles for integration with polymer microsystems, as described in an article recently published in Nanotechnology and authored by Assistant Professor Regina Ragan, Ph.D., and her students. In the first quarter of publication, it was in the top 10 percent of accessed publications in the Institute of Physics journals.