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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.

   Faculty Spotlight

Joseph DeSimone
“As a chemical engineer, I’ve worked on a lot of projects that ...”
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Gerald Fuller
Fletcher Jones II Professor
“He was the first person in...”
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Stories & Voices

Danielle Mai
Assistant Professor
“I’m a biopolymer engineer, which means I tinker with molecules...”
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Monther Abu-Remaileh
Assistant Professor
“I study the biochemistry...”
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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.

a closeup of a metal sink with water going down the drain
Once the bathwater is drained, the toilet flushed or the laundry done, few give a passing thought to the wastewater that leaves our homes. Tarpeh says that that water is a literal mine of valuable chemicals.

How to take the waste out of wastewater

James Swartz
James Swartz has spent a dozen years refining an underappreciated biotech technique into a radical new vaccine approach that could quickly protect billions of people from the next COVID-19-level pandemic.

Stanford researcher proposes a rapid-response technology