Clemson University offers both the MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. Students may specialize in research areas including advanced materials, energy, biotechnology, or chemical processing. The department offers strong research programs in biotechnology, polymer processing, rheology, fiber and film formation, supercritical fluids, separation processes, and kinetics and catalysis. The research activities of these groups encompass most of the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as several of the newer areas such as advanced materials, biosensors, bioresource conversion and molecular simulation.
Students may be accepted with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, or branches of engineering other than chemical engineering. Special programs are available for nonchemical engineering graduates.
The graduatestudent body in the department consists of approximately 40 PhD students and 0-5 MS students. In addition to US citizens, there are students from Asia, Africa and South America, which helps to create an excellent, diverse learning environment.
The department offers strong research programs in advanced materials, biotechnology, energy and reaction engineering. The research activities of these groups encompass the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as several of the newer areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Advanced Materials: Advanced materials is a very active area of research in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Clemson University. Major areas of research within advanced materials areBiomaterials, Chemical Sensors, Composites, Conducting Polymers, Directed Assembly, Interfacial Engineering, Membranes, Molecular Modeling and Simulation, Nanomaterials, Nanoscale Design of Catalysts, Polymer Fibers and Films, and Self Assembly. Professors Bruce, Getman, Guiseppi-Elie, Hirt, Husson, Kitchens, Ogale, Roberts, Sarupria and Thies all study advanced materials.
Biotechnology: Within biotechnology, a variety of more specific areas can be studied including Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips, Biocatalysis, Biological Self-assembly, Biopolymers, Biorefining, Bioseparations,Protein & Metabolic Engineering, and Renewable Resources. Professors Blenner, Guiseppi-Elie, Hirt, Husson and Sarupria all study biotechnology.
Energy: As energy becomes a global issue, a number of ChBE faculty are focusing their research on improving current energy sources while also looking to alternative energy sources. Major areas of research include Biofuels Synthesis, Biorefining, Carbon Capture, Energy Storage, Gas Hydrates, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Hydrogen Production and Storage, Quantum and Molecular Modeling, Nanotechnology Reaction Engineering, Sustainable Engineering, and Water Purification. Professors Blenner, Bruce, Getman, Gooding, Husson, Kitchens, Ogale, Roberts, Sarupria and Thies all study energy issues.
Process and Reaction Engineering: Although a more traditional area of chemical engineering, chemical processing is an essential part of much of the research that takes place in the department. The main areas of interest are separations, kinetics and catalysis, process design and analysis and product design. Professors Bruce, Gooding, Husson and Thies all utilize chemical processing in their daily research.