Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Message From Chair

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine.

The mission of the department is to create and apply new knowledge in chemical engineering and materials science to meet current national and global needs and to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers. Our diverse research portfolio addresses current challenges in areas of biotechnology, health care, energy, and the environment. These problems demand a multi-disciplinary approach and our department has expertise in areas spanning biotechnology & molecular engineering, chemical separations & extraction, molecular modeling & computation, transport phenomena, interfacial science, nanostructures & nanoelectronics, and advanced materials characterization.

Chemical engineering and materials sciences are the twin engines of technological innovation, and hence an ideal starting point to launch a successful engineering career. At UCI, our department provides personalized educational experience, high-level training, and a strong support network for achieving career goals. The department benefits from support from national funding agencies and the surrounding high-tech industry, which offers opportunities for joint industry/university collaborations, undergraduate and graduate internships, and job placement.

I invite you to review the descriptions of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and contact us directly if you have any questions.


Vasan Venugopalan, Professor and Chair