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Our faculty have been exceptionally successful in their research efforts, garnering many national awards in the past few years. Per-faculty research expenditures are among the highest at the University of Illinois, and more than half of our undergraduate students have a research experience with one more of the faculty.
The department’s research portfolio has recently evolved and now includes substantial efforts in areas related to biofuels — through the Energy Biosciences Institute, housed at the California-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — and human health.
Faculty are doing research in the following areas:
Biocatalysis, bio-surface interface, bioinformatics and systems biology, drug and gene delivery, enabling microfluidic tools for biology, metabolic engineering, protein and enzyme engineering, tissue engineering.
Asymmetric colloids, foams, gels, granular materials, lipid membranes, poly-electrolyte inks, polymer melts and solutions.
Applied mathematics, bioinformatics, control, fluid mechanics and dynamics, global optimization, metabolic pathways, multiscale modeling, systems biology.
Biomass conversion, catalyst design, electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, hydrogen production and storage, microchemical systems and devices.
Bio-inspired materials, catalyst synthesis, colloidal suspensions, corrosion control, nanolithography, nanomaterials, nanoparticle arrays.