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Chemical Engineering Faculty Research

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Stanford Nano Shared Facility staffer Xiaoqing Xu works on the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system.

Major Achievements

The following achievements have been made in the field of Chemical Engineering by researchers at Stanford and beyond:

  • Development of materials for green energy technologies, including solar cells, batteries, and catalysts for chemical conversion.
  • Design and synthesis of next generation flexible and stretchable electronics for wearable and implantable electronics, chemical sensors, and robotics.
  • Production of life-saving antibiotics such as penicillin and vaccines for diseases from polio to COVID-19.
  • Establishment of mass-production technologies (including cell-free and plant-based synthesis) of protein therapeutics such as insulin, human growth-hormone, and monoclonal antibodies.
  • Discovery of nitrogen-fixing fertilizers and water-purification technologies that revolutionize food production and stem world hunger.
  • Revolutionized manufacturing by developing 3D printing materials and technologies.
  • Engineering plants to make them more nutritious, weather resistance or to produce useful chemicals.
  • Characterization of the physical properties of living systems, providing targeted treatment of bacterial infection in cancer tissue and implanted devices, chronic dry eye, and COVID-19.
  • Waste water treatment and recovery of valuable products.

Faculty Research Topics

Our Chemical Engineering research groups are currently focusing on:

Monther Abu-Remaileh | Metabolism, Biotechnology, Neurodegeneration
Zhenan Bao | Flexible Electronics, Bioelectronics, Batteries
Stacey Bent | Surface, Catalysis, Batteries, Microelectronics
Matteo Cargnello | Nanocrystals, Catalysis, Sustainability
Joseph DeSimone | Polymer Science, Additive Manufacturing
Alexander Dunn | Protein Engineering, Mechanobiology
Gerald Fuller | Complex Liquids, Emulsions, Biofilms
Xiaojing Gao | Synthetic Biology
Thomas Jaramillo | Catalysis, Sustainability, Energy
Chaitan Khosla | Enzymology, Metabolism
Danielle Mai | Biopolymers, Soft Materials
Jian Qin | Theory/Modeling, Charged Polymers
Elizabeth Sattely | Plant Chemistry for Plant & Human Health
Eric Shaqfeh | Complex Fluids, Computational Modeling
Andrew Spakowitz | Modeling, Polymers, Biomaterials
Alfred Spormann | Microorganisms, Energy Health
James Swartz | Biotechnology, Protein Engineering, Vaccines
William Tarpeh | Catalysis, Separations, Water Treatment

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Research & Training Centers

The research groups within our department benefit from the unique research environment at Stanford University. Our faculty are associated with a number of Research and Training Centers at Stanford University that provide experimental facilities as well as training opportunities.

Bio-X | Institute for Biosciences
Cancer Institute | SoM
Cardiovascular Institute | SoM
ChEM-H | Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health
Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute
ICME | Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering
Maternal & Child Health Research Institute | SoM
NIH Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology
Precourt Institute for Energy
Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR)
SUNCAT | Center for Interface Science and Catalysis
TomKat | Center for Sustainable Energy
Woods Institute for the Environment
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute