Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Message From Chair

Welcome to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at UC Irvine. With 14 faculty, 300 undergraduates and 45 doctoral students, we offer a vibrant academic community for those seeking educational opportunities in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Our faculty expertise is broad, and we have active research programs spanning a wide range of investigation. From the development of novel systems that produce biofuels and commodity chemicals for synthesis of materials and pharmaceuticals; to processes and systems that enable sustainable energy storage and conversion; to the development of nano- and biotechnologies for discovery and design of novel active molecules, materials and devices with applications in sustainable energy, sensing and human health. This breadth of expertise enables us to expose our undergraduates to the full spectrum of opportunities available to chemical engineers. It also provides the basis for a vibrant community of graduate and postdoctoral scholars pursuing lines of inquiry at the cutting edge of discovery in the molecular sciences and engineering.

Our faculty takes great care to ensure that our students get a quality educational experience, and our professors receive among the best teaching evaluations in the school. The faculty also makes research opportunities available to interested and committed undergraduate students.  We have an outstanding student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) that provides opportunities for our undergraduates to network with each other, develop their professional skills and connect with industry. I invite you to explore our website and to visit our campus to interact with our students and faculty. If you are considering undergraduate or graduate study in chemical and biomolecular engineering, please contact us at 949-824-3426 or visit us at 916 Engineering Tower. You may also contact me personally at chems-chair@uci.edu.

Sincerely, 

Vasan Venugopalan
Professor and Chair