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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Corporate Partners

The University of Illinois is a leading public research institution home to talented faculty and students. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has a proud tradition of partnering with a variety of corporations, from small firms to Fortune 500 companies in energy, human health, and consumer products industries.

What we offer

Our faculty are at the forefront of catalysis and surface chemistry, biological and biochemical engineering, soft materials and complex fluids. They conduct experimental and computational research on a campus known for collaboration and innovation and they work in world-class facilities.

We have more than 700 undergraduates and 90 graduate students of diverse backgrounds from around the globe. Our students are highly-engaged on campus, participating in research and community outreach and organizing professional and educational events. Undergraduate students admitted to our program have an average ACT score of 31 and are in the 93rd percentile of their high school graduating class.

Examples of collaborations and ways to engage

Major gifts

In 2011 the Dow Chemical Company pledged more than $13 million to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dow provides support for graduate student fellows, start-up packages for new faculty hires and sponsors research projects.


The department is pleased to collaborate with companies on research projects. Some of the companies our faculty have worked with include AbbVie, ExxonMobil, Toyota North America, Dow Chemical, and AmorePacific.

Scholarships and Fellowships

We are grateful to BP, CITGO, Phillips 66, DuPont, ExxonMobil and Rohm and Haas for supporting scholarships and awards for our undergraduate students. Dow Chemical, DuPont, and 3M and generously support fellowships for our outstanding graduate students.

Undergraduate projects

Sponsorship of undergraduate programs are critically important to educating the next generation of chemical engineers. Such programs include the freshman design experience, Design Across the Curriculum courses, the senior course Unit Operations, where multiple experiments are conducted, and the senior capstone course, Process Design. Thanks to the companies who have contributed to these programs: BP, ChevronPhillips, Dow AgroSciences, LyondellBasell, Phillips 66, and Shell.


Thanks to their sponsorship of lectures, International Paper and the Parr Instrument Company have allowed the department to bring in world-renowned experts for research talks and engagement with students and faculty.

Next steps

To learn more about how your company can partner with Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois, contact Department Head Dr. Paul Kenis. Below is just a partial list of our corporate partners.







Please click here for a list of corporate contributors in recent years.

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