Research Institutes and Collaborations

Our department is highly collaborative. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty and students are involved in numerous cross-campus collaborations and work closely with industry partners, national labs, and other universities.

Major Research Initiatives

Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation

CABBI is a $125 million Department of Energy center focused on developing sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts. Illinois leads a team of 20 institutions and more than 200 scientists and engineers.

Energy Biosciences Institute

A collaboration between Illinois, Shell, and the University of California, Berkeley, the EBI is helping the world transition into a carbon-neutral future.

Dow University Partnership Initiative

This initiative involves investigations of catalysis and reaction engineering, synthesis of electronic materials, and new methods to produce soft materials.

Research Institutes

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

IGB is dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences. It is home to 11 research themes, including Biosystems Design and Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering.

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

We have a strong presence in the Molecular Design and Engineering group in the Beckman Institute, an interdisciplinary research center. Research aims to design and engineer precision materials from molecular building blocks.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

NCSA is home to Blue Waters, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

Materials Research Laboratory

MRL is a U.S. Department of Energy facility on campus that fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science.

Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

MNTL is one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research.

More information about Illinois research initiatives and facilities can be found at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.