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Chemical Engineering Research Areas

Stanford’s Department of Chemical Engineering works on technologies to develop chemical transformations and processes, creating useful products and materials that improve society. We turn our expertise in producing and manipulating chemicals to energy, medicine, electronics, and materials with new properties under the umbrella of three thematic research areas: life, energy, and the environment.

Life. Energy. Environment. Our robust thematic research areas and associated groups and centers give students hands-on opportunities to explore, solve, and apply core academic knowledge in real-world scenarios and design impactful careers for the future.

Learn more about our Chemical Engineering Faculty. 

Faculty Spotlight

Danielle
Mai

Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering

"I’m a biopolymer engineer, which means I tinker with molecules that are..."
Read Danielle's story

Joseph
DeSimone

Professor
Chemical Engineering

"As a chemical engineer, I’ve worked on a lot of projects that seem totally different..."
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Why Stanford ChemE?

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ChemE Research Groups

Our collaboration culture drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health, and our intellectual life. Through the development and application of engineering principles, we are tackling the major challenges of the 21st century.

Research & Training Centers

Stanford Chemical Engineering department is associated with a number of experimental facilities and training opportunities. The research groups within our department benefit from the unique research environment at Stanford.

Research & Ideas

Explore the latest ideas coming out of Stanford’s Chemical Engineering department. See the impact of this important research on the world around us.

Two pairs of hands holding the corners of translucent, newly created artificial skin, demonstrating its flexibility

Zhenan Bao: Engineers develop a practical way to make artificial skin

Engineers show how to print dense transistor arrays on skin-like materials to create stretchable circuits that flex with the body to perform applications yet to be imagined.

Gerald Fuller: What makes bubbles pop?

A team of scholars use high-speed cameras to better understand the phenomenon. They expect their findings to have applications in the pharmaceutical, oil and other industries.