Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

The University of Michigan Department of Chemical Engineering faculty and students are working at the edge of new frontiers in chemical engineering–in polymers, statistical thermodynamics, and fluids, as well as emerging research areas, like gene therapy, bioinformatics, and DNA sequencing on a chip. This work requires exactly the kind of collaborative, innovative, silo-breaking research facilitated by NCRC, where many chemical engineering projects have found a home.

Chemical Engineering Research Areas

 

Numbers

  • Faculty: 22 tenured or tenure-track, 8 joint-appointed
  • National Academy of Engineering Members: 4
  • National Science Foundation Career Awards: 14
  • Named Professorships: 19
  • Internal Awards (since 2004): 24 U-M and College of Engineering awards for teaching, research and service–
  • and 21 faculty members have received recognition from U-M or the College of Engineering during their careers for teaching, research or service.
  • National/International Awards: 13 American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Awards; 39 awards from other national societies and organizations
  • Editorships & Editorial Boards : 7
  • Total Research Expenditures (2013): $13,333,711
  • Total Externally Sponsored Research Expenditures (2013): 10,729,323
  • Papers published (2014): 147
  • Invention Disclosures (since 2005): 87
  • Patents (since 2005): 51
  • Total Lab Space: 9,158 sq. ft.
  • Student and Research Offices: 17,531 sq. ft.
  • Clean Room: 3029 H.H. Dow
  • Confocal Microscope Lab: 3075 H.H. Dow
  • Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL): West basement of Space Research Building
  • Glass Lab: 3240 H. H. Dow
  • Mammalian Cell Culture Lab: 3327 G.G. Brown

Recent Research and Faculty Honors

NCRC’s research environment has supported several Chemical Engineering investigators on their path to honors and awards:

Mark Burns, the T.C. Chang Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, has recently been named the Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Burns also won the 2016 AIChE Food Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award. This annual award honors an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution in the food, pharmaceutical and/or bioengineering field, of fundamental nature and/or of practical significance to industry and industrial practice.

Professor Burns won the 2016 AIChE Food Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award. Burns was recognized for pioneering advances in the field of microfluidics including the development of an integrated DNA analysis device and microfabricated components and the successful licensing of that technology.

Sharon C. Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering.

Prof. Kotov was also the 2016 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Stephanie L. Kwolek Award. The Kwolek Award is to recognize exceptional contributions to the area of materials chemistry from a scientist working outside the United Kingdom. This award, given biennially, is named after Stephanie Louise Kwolek, who invented KevlarTM.

Suljo Linic, Professor and Class of 1938E Faculty Scholar, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Michigan Catalysis Society Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development.

Greg Thurber won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

Sharon C. Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering.
Working at the edges of new knowledge requires exactly the kind of collaborative, innovative, silo-breaking research facilitated by NCRC, where many Chemical Engineering projects have found a home.

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