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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Life Cycle Assessment and Technoeconomic Analyses of Ligin Processing: (Ligin Fractionation and Valorization: Focusing on both Value and Quality- DE-FOA-0001916)
Dense Phase Electrolytes to Thermally Stabilize Viral Vaccines
Collecting Mine Dust Particles With Liquid-Coated Vibrating Meshes. Phase 2
Collaborative Research: bubble impacting a curved surface: a sustainable way to sanitize produce
Temporal and spatial characterization of respirable coal mine dust (RCMP)
Investigation to Separate Lithium-ion Battery Active Cathode Materials by Chemistry Using Froth Flotation
Continuous Manufacturing of Virus-Like Particles
Disjoining Pressures and Film Instability in Oil-Brine-Mineral Systems
Direct-Recycle-Reuse (DR2) Process: Recycling of Spent Li-ion Batteries
Driving Forces in Aqueous Two-Phase Systems for Vaccine Development
SusChEM: Integrated Studies on Interactions between Lignocellulosic Fine Structure and Hydrolytic Enzymes toward Efficient Hydrolysis
CAREER: Surface and Interparticle Forces for Improved Virus Removal