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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Collecting Mine Dust Particles with Liquid-Coated Vibrating Meshes

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Lei Pan
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

SusChEM: Integrated Studies on Interactions between Lignocellulosic Fine Structure and Hydrolytic Enzymes toward Efficient Hydrolysis

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

Center/Institute: Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)

IRES: US-Denmark Collaboration to Create Next Generation Biosensors

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Caryn Heldt
Co-PI: Julia King
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)

GOALI: Graphene Paper Sensor for Disease Detection

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Caryn Heldt
Co-PI: Julia King
Co-PI: Adrienne Minerick
Co-PI: Warren Perger
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Chemical Engineering

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)

CAREER: Surface and Interparticle Forces for Improved Virus Removal

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

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)

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

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)