At Illinois, we are advancing the frontiers of catalysis and surface chemistry, biomolecular engineering and soft materials. In our world-class facilities, faculty and students collaborate on experimental and computational research in an environment that fosters innovation. Learn more about our path-breaking work in four research areas.
Energy and Sustainability
Biomolecular engineering and biotechnology have revolutionized the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries and are now playing increasingly important roles in energy, chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.
Soft Matter and Advanced Materials
Soft materials such as foods, biofluids, personal care products, polymers, oils, paints and coatings and cements undergo intervals of fast flow or strong deformation during their formation, processing, handling, or transport.
Several research groups in our department are involved in scientific computing and modeling of complex chemical and biomolecular systems with the goal of elucidating their underlying design principles.