Apr 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering

1701A Platt St
1005 Durland Hall

Fax: 785-532-7372

Department Head:

Jennifer L. Anthony, Interim

Director of graduate studies:

John R. Schlup

Graduate faculty:

Richard G. Akins, Emeritus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
*Placidus Amama, Ph.D., Yokohama National University
*Jennifer L. Anthony, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Sigifredo Castro Diaz, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*James H. Edgar, Ph.D., University of Florida
*Larry E. Erickson, Emeritus, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Larry A. Glasgow, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Missouri
*Ryan Hansen, Ph.D., University of Colorado
*Urara Hasegawa, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Benjamin G. Kyle, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Florida
*Bin Liu, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
John C. Matthews, Emeritus, D.Sc., Washington University
*Won Min Park, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
*John R. Schlup, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.


Keith L. Hohn, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Peter Pfromm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Program description

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in chemical engineering and in interdisciplinary areas of bio-based materials science and engineering, food science, environmental engineering, and materials science.

Areas of study and research emphasize sustainable energy, nanotechnology, reaction engineering, materials science and transport phenomena. Specific areas include biomaterials science, biomass conversion, biochemical engineering, biological interfaces, biosensing, bionanotechnology, protein engineering, catalytic conversion of light hydrocarbons, chemical vapor deposition of electronic materials, environmental pollution control, heterogeneous catalysis, polymer science, semiconductor crystal growth, short-contact time reactors, surface science, molecular modeling, and high performance computing.

For more information about the Ph.D. program, see the Engineering section of this catalog

Research facilities

The Department of Chemical Engineering has modern, well-equipped research laboratories for studying transport phenomena, materials science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering and biochemical engineering. Specialized instrumental capabilities include, Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry, catalyst preparation equipment, tubular gas reactors, gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, polymer characterization equipment such as dynamic mechanical analysis, gas adsorption analysis, chemical vapor deposition reactors, ultra-high temperature furnaces, epifluorescent microscopy, patterned illumination system, x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high performance computing cluster, energy storage, heterogeneous catalysis , automated fluorescence microscopes for live-cell microscopy, microfluidic device fabrication facilities, cell culturing facilities, confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscope, dynamic/static light scattering, size exclusion chromatography, microplate reader, free radical analyzer DNA/protein electrophoresis, and more.

Admission procedures

Highly motivated students interested in earning an advanced graduate degree and the research activities of the department are encouraged to apply. All applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of their undergraduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendations, official GRE scores and TOEFL scores if they did not earn their BS degree from an ABET-accredited institution.

Financial support

Graduate research assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students. The base stipend begins at $29,500 plus tuition and fees. Supplemental grants and fellowships are also available to outstanding candidates. Sponsored research work can be used toward thesis credit.



Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


Chemical Engineering