Research & Impact
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.
"I’m a biopolymer engineer, which means I tinker with molecules that are..."
Read Danielle's story
Why Stanford ChemE?
Many resources are available for you.
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.
Zhenan Bao: A fitness tracker for the brain
A new string-like implant can monitor fluctuations in brain chemicals central to Parkinson’s, depression, and gut disease.
Roseanna Zia: The physics of gel-like substances
Most things aren’t liquid, solid, or gas. They’re gel-like — and understanding how they work can improve our understanding of biology and human health.