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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


Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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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.

Detail of a modern power plant fueled with coal and biomass

Matteo Cargnello: The future of greenhouse gases

A chemical engineer explains why he thinks a better approach to greenhouse gases in the sky is to turn them into other chemicals.

Image of e-skin sensor with soft integrated circuits.

Zhenan Bao: Soft ‘e-skin’ generates nerve-like impulses that talk to the brain

A single, multilayer, soft, and stretchable material with integrated nerve-like electronics can sense pressure, temperature, strain, and more, just like real skin.