About

Mission & Vision

The department’s mission is to improve the human prospect through the study and practice of chemical engineering by engaging in education, research, economic development, and service to the profession and society. Our vision is to distinguish ourselves through sterling technical and educational endeavors that help us consciously conceive new ways to benefit an increasingly complex and integrated world.

Exceptional Education

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois is known around the world for its outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. A hallmark of our undergraduate experience is an emphasis on design projects, undergraduate research opportunities, and internships/co-ops that lead to job offers. Our alumni include many legendary leaders in academia and industry.

Our department is a unit within the School of Chemical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which evolved from the Department of Chemistry as an applied science. The department has close ties to The Grainger College of Engineering, a top-ranked engineering school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our students get the best of both worlds, taking advantage of opportunities within both colleges. 

Diversity 

We believe that a diverse workforce is more productive, creative, and adept at solving complex challenges. We're training future global leaders and recognize that we as a department should strive to reflect the world we serve. 

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Research

Our faculty and students are investigating sustainable ways to produce fuels and chemicals and opportunities to improve human health through better drug delivery and new biomaterials. 

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History

Our long-held reputation for excellence dates back to 1901 when our discipline was founded by Samuel Parr—making ours one of the oldest chemical engineering programs in the nation.

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