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What Is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering occupies a unique position at the interface between molecular sciences and engineering. Intimately linked with the fundamental subjects of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics — and in close collaboration with fellow engineering disciplines like materials science, computer science, and mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering — chemical engineering offers unparalleled opportunities to do great things.

Unlimited possibilities as Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers are making a difference in the quality of life every day for everyone. These videos will give you an introduction to Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. 

The Tarpeh Lab develops and evaluates novel approaches to resource recovery from “waste” waters to increase the sustainability of engineered processes in terms of energy, environmental impact, and cost.

Zhenan Bao’s research group is focused on the synthesis of functional organic and polymer materials, organic electronic device design and fabrication, and application development for organic electronics.

Matteo Cargnello’s research group is focused on the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles.

Chemical Engineering Degrees & Programs

Stanford Chemical Engineering academic degree programs leverage masterful teaching expertise in producing and manipulating chemicals and materials with new properties for energy, medicine, and electronics. Our curriculum centers around three key areas: Chemistry of Life. Chemistry of Energy. Chemistry of Environment.

Graduate: Ph.D., Master’s and More

At the graduate level, the Stanford Chemical Engineering department offers dynamic continuing education opportunities. Choose from our renowned Honors Cooperative Program, a terminal master’s available completely online; a traditional doctoral program in chemical engineering; the focused PhD-level NeuroTech training program; or online graduate certificates for in-industry students.

HCP Master’s Admissions
The Department of Chemical Engineering will only offer external applicants admission into our HCP MS Program.   

Ph.D. Admissions
Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is open to all applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or will have completed one before matriculating as a graduate student at Stanford. 

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Ph.D. NeuroTech Training
The NeuroTech training program accepts applications from Stanford students in the first or second years of their Ph.D. program. 

Non-Degree Online Certificates
Our graduate certificate, delivered online by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, is specially designed for students in the industry.

Distance Learning Programs

Made for today’s busy professionals and career-focused engineering students, Chemical Engineering’s distance learning programs give you options. Earn Stanford credits, graduate certificates, or an MS degree from the comfort of your computer.

A Master’s All Online
The Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) is a Master of Science (MS) terminal degree for those who want to gain advanced knowledge in a focused area of chemical engineering, to pursue a career in industry or professional degrees.

Non-Degree Options
Our graduate certificates, delivered online by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, are specifically designed for students already in the industry.

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