Chemical Engineering

The mission of the program is to prepare students wishing to pursue either Ph.D. programs in chemical or biomedical engineering or to further prepare for industrial careers. Degree course requirements include Transport Phenomena, Engineering Analysis, Unit Operation Laboratory and other graduate level courses offered in the engineering or relevant disciplines. We offer a research-based thesis option and a project-based non-thesis option.


Research Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biosensors
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Molecular Simulation
  • Nanotechnology
  • Paper Physics and Paper Chemistry
  • Solar Cells
  • Tissue Engineering

Research Funding Sources

The department receives research support from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Defense (DoD), Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI), Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Society of Toxicology and various industries including Georgia Pacific and Domtar.

Faculty & Research Areas

  • Dr. Catherine Almquist, Environmental catalysis, photocatalysis
  • Dr. Jason Berberich, Biocatalysis and biotransformations, stabilization and immobilization of biocatalysts, application of biocatalysts in renewable energy, green chemistry, and chemical biological weapons defense
  • Dr. Doug Coffin, Applied solid mechanics, paper mechanics, dimensional stability, stability theory, composite materials, viscoelasticity, theoretical and experimental mechanics
  • Dr. Steve Keller, Paper chemistry, paper physics • Dr. Lei Kerr, Solar cells, nanotechnology, drug delivery and nanotoxicity
  • Dr. Shashi Lalvani, Electrochemical engineering, energy and environmental materials
  • Dr. Andrew Paluch, Molecular simulation
  • Dr. Justin Saul, Therapeutic agents, small molecule/peptide therapeutics, antibiotics and nucleotides, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, drug delivery systems

For More Information

Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering