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Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Due to the changing relationship between human society, the economy and the natural environment, chemical and environmental engineers have many opportunities to make a meaningful and long-lasting contribution to their field. Students in this department work together to create multidisciplinary solutions that address today and tomorrow’s most pressing global problems. 

Our Programs

Here in the ChEE department, we offer a unique, first two-year curriculum for the undergraduates in our programs through the integration of basic math, chemistry, physics, materials, transport phenomena, statistics and systems analysis, which also allows students to seamlessly transfer from one program to another if they so desire. When students graduate from our department, they are prepared to make a difference in the chemical and environmental engineering field with have satisfying careers in private research firms, testing laboratories and government agencies, and in a wide array of industries in the chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing fields.

Chemical Engineering

Students gain knowledge to apply chemical reactions and separations to the development and production of new materials. Students learn how to design and optimize largescale processes to produce petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, fuel cells, pharmaceuticals and microelectronics.

Environmental Engineering

Students gain knowledge in green engineering design to explore sustainable solutions for controlling pollution and preserving resources. Common applications for environmental engineering include the analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems, solid waste substance management, air pollution control and sustainability.

Our Faculty

All of our faculty members have extensive and impressive research backgrounds, conducting many government- and industry-sponsored research that address topics from nanotechnology and robotics to tissue engineering and fuel cell research. Faculty work closely with students in their research activities.

Contact Us

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UC adds master's degree in sustainable energy engineering

August 7, 2023

The University of Cincinnati launched a new Master of Engineering degree program in Sustainable Energy, designed to equip future leaders with the expertise and skills needed to tackle the pressing global challenges of climate change and sustainable energy supply.


What if PCR testing could be done at home?

April 14, 2023

Aashish Priye, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, is using microfluidics to make infectious disease testing faster, more cost-effective and easily accessible. He received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2023 to continue this research for the next five years.

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