The graduate program in chemical engineering offers students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research that tackles pressing challenges facing our society and our planet in areas such as biomedicine, energy, security and sustainability. Meanwhile, students pursuing graduate-level coursework develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and gain expertise in modern topics in the field through select elective courses. The overarching goal of this rich research and educational experience is to mentor and to equip our students to become future leaders in engineering and science, while simultaneously promoting scholarly achievement for both the faculty and students.
Doctoral Candidates are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests, spanning two strategic research foci in Advanced Materials and Biological Engineering. With a premier location in downtown Boston, research in the department leverages the wealth of collaborations with neighboring universities, hospitals, medical centers and industry. New or prospective graduate students can learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty web sites and graduate student seminars. Graduate student seminars, where our students present the results of their research, are held on a regular basis and provide an interactive forum for learning and exchanging ideas.
Students enrolled in the PhD in Chemical Engineering have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. The PhD in Chemical Engineering can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.
The PhD programs' student learning outcomes are:
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
- Ability to formulate a research plan.
- Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
- Ability to conduct independent research.
Associated Faculty & Staff
Development of detailed microkinetic models for complex reacting systems. Automating the discovery and calculation of reaction pathways.
Student Success Stories
A New Way to Fight ‘Superbugs’Ben GeilichPhD, Chemical Engineering 2016
ChE PhD student Ben Geilich is using nanoparticles to improve an antibiotics ability to treat infections.
Academic Involvement and Interdisciplinary ResearchMeryem PehlivanerPhD, Chemical Engineering 2018
Meryem Pehlivaner is a fourth year PhD student in the Ekenseair Group.