Current Projects

Current research projects in the department pursue new knowledge and technological advancements in the chemical sciences and engineering. Areas of interest include process safety, process systems engineering, applied thermodynamics, polymers, mineral processing, and biochemical engineering. Many investigations are being driven by University initiatives in sustainability, biotechnology, and alternative energy.

The department’s level of external funding is currently at $3 million. Chemical and materials industries and federal and state agencies—including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Energy—support the department’s research programs.


 

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FeMET Curriculum Development Proposal

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Surendra Kawatra
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

GAANN: Chemical Engineering Doctoral Fellowship Program for Environmentally Benign Chemical Manufacturing

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Surendra Kawatra
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

RET Site: Wood to Wheels - Research Experience for High School Teachers in Sustainable Transportation Technologies

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Shonnard
Co-PI: Bradley Baltensperger
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

RCN:SEES: A Research Coordination Network on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Shonnard
Co-PI: Richard Donovan
Co-PI: Kathleen Halvorsen
Co-PI: Barry Solomon
Co-PI: Samuel Sweitz
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Precipitation and Self-Interaction of Viruses by Preferential Hydration

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Caryn Heldt
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Selective Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Biorenewable Polyols over Bimetal Catalysts

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Wenzhen Li
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in Support of UOP-USDA BRDI Proposal 2011

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Shonnard
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

SEP: Sustainable Forest-Based Biofuel Pathways to Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels: Biomass Production Torrefaction Pyrolysis Catalytic Upgrading and Combustion

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Shonnard
Co-PI: Ezra Bar-Ziv
Co-PI: Andrew Burton
Co-PI: Audrey Mayer
Co-PI: Jeffrey Naber
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Rapid Nutritional Analysis from Infant Tears

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Minerick
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Collaborative Research: Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Small Organic Fuels on Encapsulated Metal Catalysts in Gas Diffusion Electrode Environment

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Wenzhen Li
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Life Cycle Assessment of Hydropyrolysis Integrated with a Petroleum Refinery

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Shonnard
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

PFI-AIR: Technology Translation Blood Typing Device without Reagents: Sensing Electrodes to Replace Optics

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Minerick
Co-PI: Paul Bergstrom
Co-PI: Mary Raber
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering