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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