Research Areas

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

Research groups working in catalysis and surface chemistry in our department are addressing societal challenges in the areas of energy conversion, the production of commodity products and chemicals, and environmental protection. 

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Biomolecular Engineering

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.

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Computational Engineering

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.

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