Research in chemical engineering is critical to the development of safer, more sustainable, more effective solutions to the world’s energy, health, and environmental challenges. Through more than $5 million in sponsored research each year, our faculty explore creating for good in biochemical engineering, polymer processing, advanced energy storage, corrosion, atmospheric chemistry, and clean coal technology.
Our Research Units
Four research centers and institutes are associated with the Russ College’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, reflecting the broad reach of our discipline into everyday life and today’s societal challenges.
Center for Air Quality
Air quality is vital to the health and sustainability of our world. We collaborate with our regional industries, universities, and government agencies to conduct interdisciplinary applied research in air quality modeling, ambient monitoring, and health risk and emissions data to help improve air quality— and quality of life — for the Midwest region and beyond.
Ohio Coal Research Center
The OCRC is one of the nation's leading academic energy research organizations developing innovative and responsible engineering solutions to issues surrounding domestic energy sources. From clean coal technology to alternative biofuels development, our energy research supports the long-term viability of both our energy resources and our natural environment.
Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology
Researchers at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) have the unique capability to tackle one of today’s biggest challenges: preserving the integrity of major energy supply lines. Corrosion in oil and gas production and transportation infrastructure can cause catastrophic failure, environmental devastation and has large economic consequences.
Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
At Ohio University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE), we conduct applied research to develop innovative process technologies that enable the sustainable and economic use of natural and renewable energy resources for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials that our society depends on.
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Student Research Opportunities
Gaining hands-on experience is critical to understanding the larger context of the technical concepts we teach at the Russ College. As a student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to work on research with our renowned faculty in a host of fields with access to state-of-the-art equipment, even at the undergraduate level.
For advice on approaching individual faculty members about pursuing undergraduate research in their groups, speak to your academic advisor. For information about earning technical elective credit for undergraduate research, speak to Dr. Darin Ridgway. To apply for funding to support undergraduate research opportunities, speak to Dr. Deb McAvoy.
For graduate research questions, contact the department graduate chair Tingyue Gu.