Student using pipette in the lab.


Chemical engineering encompasses a broad range of cutting-edge research. The diverse education that chemical engineers receive allows them to work at the intersection of a variety of different fields, including biology, chemistry, energy, physics, materials science, and other engineering disciplines.

Chemical engineering research at Northeastern is supported by multiple areas: Biomolecular & Biomedical Systems, Complex & Computational Systems, Energy & Sustainability, Engineering Education & Pedagogy, and Materials & Nanotechnology.

The College of Engineering is also home to a National Science Foundation Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, as well as numerous other research centers and institutes and multidisciplinary research initiatives to push the boundaries of research.

With a premier location in downtown Boston, the department is perfectly located to take advantage of a wealth of collaborations with other universities, as well as local hospitals, medical centers, and industry.

Quick Facts 2022


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Recent News

Using Spark Fund Award to Fight Atherosclerosis

ChE/BioE Associate Professor Eno Ebong is using the Spark Funds she received earlier this year to develop a novel therapeutic that targets the glycocalyx to prevent atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease that can lead to secondary cardiovascular events such as strokes or heart attacks.

New Methods to Improve Phosphorus Recovery

ChE/COS Assistant Professor Damilola Daramola’s research on “Considerations for Electrochemical Phosphorus Precipitation: A Figures of Merit Approach” was published by The Electrochemical Society.

Studying the Impact of Comics as Visual Learning Tools

ChE Distinguished Teaching Professor Luke Landherr was awarded a $300K NSF grant for “Conservation Principles, Illustrated: Analyzing the Impact of Informal Visual Learning Tools on Educational Engineering Through Comics.”

Landherr Wins Best ChemE Division Paper at Annual ASEE Conference

ChE Teaching Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies Luke Landherr was named to receive the Joseph J. Martin Award, for the most outstanding Chemical Engineering Division paper presented at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference.  Their paper entitled “Teaching Fugacity through Comics and Assessing the Impact on Student Confidence and Understanding” is based on their […]