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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 or more 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.

Research Areas:

Catalysis & Surface Chemistry

  • Catalyst design
  • Electronic materials
  • Energy conversion
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • In situ spectroscopy

Biological & Biochemical Engineering

  • Synthetic biology
  • Gene therapy
  • Systems biology
  • Metabolics
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Imaging

Soft Materials & Complex Fluids

  • Polymer dynamics
  • Soft matter
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Drug delivery
  • Interfacial phenomena

Reaction Engineering


Biofuels & Chemicals