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Chemical and Biochemical Research

Research Areas of Focus

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering generates research in several areas that involve the study of biological processes, materials structure, and manufacturing within the parameters of chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering.

Biomolecular Engineering

Our biomolecular engineering research is helping to address some of the world’s most critical challenges by enabling advances in healthcare, food, and the environment. They are using advanced, molecular-level methods, including protein, glycan and metabolic engineering along with synthetic biology and data science to develop new medicines, materials, and therapies.  


Ioannis (Yannis) Androulakis, Shishir Chundawat, Gregory Dignon, Meenakshi Dutt, Ashley Guo, Prabhas Moghe, Charles Roth, Benjamin Schuster, Haoran Zhang 

Nanomaterial simulation

Pharmaceutical Engineering 

The chemical engineering department at Rutgers has been at the forefront of the pharmaceutical engineering field for three decades, developing and applying cutting-edge engineering methodologies for the design and optimization of pharmaceutical products and processes. Our work spans from fundamental understanding of new materials, formulations, and technologies for drug delivery to pilot scale design, control, and automation of continuous manufacturing processes for pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals.  


Shishir Chundawat, Gregory Dignon, Benjamin Glasser, Fernando Muzzio, Rohit Ramachandran, Sonia Razavi, Charles Roth, Benjamin Schuster, James Scicolone, Ravendra Singh, Silvina Tomassone, George Tsilomelekis, Haoran Zhang 

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Clean Energy and Sustainability

Chemical engineers have a critical role to play in addressing climate change and providing sustainable sources of clean energy, food, and water for a growing world. Rutgers chemical engineers are developing new materials and technologies to enable renewable and alternative energy sources, optimizing systems to reduce carbon emissions, and devising novel method to upcycle waste and remove contaminants from water.


Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa, Fuat Celik, Shishir Chundawat, Gregory Dignon, Ashley Guo, Diane Hildebrandt, Alexander NeimarkNina ShapleyGeorge Tsilomelekis

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Soft Matter and Advanced Materials

Rutgers CBE researchers work on a wide range of advanced materials and soft matter, designing new materials at the molecular level that offer needed capabilities for applications spanning from biomedicine and biotechnology, alternative and renewable energy, sustainability, nanoelectronics, sensing, and imaging, to personal care, pharmaceuticals and biosafety.  


Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa, Fuat Celik, Shishir Chundawat, Gregory Dignon, Meenakshi Dutt, Ashley Guo, Alexander Neimark, Benjamin Schuster, Nina Shapley, Silvina TomassoneGeorge Tsilomelekis


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Computing and Data Science

CBE researchers apply computational methods to problems across all length scales, including quantum mechanical modeling of catalytic reactions, bio-inspired and data-driven materials design, interfacial behavior of nanomaterials, and design and optimization of complex systems. Rutgers provides a rich environment for computational research via cross-disciplinary collaborations and high performance computing resources.


Ioannis (Yannis) Androulakis, Fuat Celik, Gregory Dignon, Meenakshi Dutt, Benjamin Glasser, Ashley Guo, Diane Hildebrandt, Alexander Neimark, Rohit Ramachandran, Silvina Tomassone

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