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Research

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. 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.


Since 2017, the department has had 54 Visiting Scholars from all over the world learning, sharing, and collaborating on research.
International research collaborations have been established with the International Materials Research Center with Soochow University, China, and the Center for Nano and Pico Medicine with Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering, China.

Research Areas

Chemical engineering research at Northeastern is supported by two pillars of excellence: Advanced Materials Research and Biological Engineering. Not only will you find any number of fascinating projects in these areas with which you can become involved, but Northeastern is also pushing the limits of possibility at the integration of biological and physical systems by combining expertise from both of our pillars of excellence.

Want to figure out how to grow new cartilage cells that you can use to help eliminate osteoarthritis? How about working on making plant cells produce tough-to-synthesize anti-cancer drugs? Or using fluid mechanics and mass transport theory to develop better ways of dispersing those drugs in the body? Or how to develop materials to meet unprecedented needs in energy without damaging the environment ? All of that is happening now in the department.

Quantum-sized wires to make ultra-small circuitry? Stem cells to heal numerous diseases ? We’re working on that too, as well as new multifunctional materials that will help usher in the next generation of faster, smaller, more capable electronic devices. And ultra-thin polymer coatings that can be functionalized for every purpose, ranging from biocompatible surfaces, to semiconductor applications, to advanced radiation shielding.


Research Centers and Institutes

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.

Additionally, the Chemical Engineering department has established international research collaborations and centers, including:

  • The International Materials Research Center with Soochow University, China
  • Center for Nano and Pico Medicine with Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering, China (learn more)
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Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering

Recent News

Niedre and Amiji Receive National Cancer Institute Award

Bioengineering Professor and Associate Chair Mark Niedre and Bouve/ChE Distinguished Professor Mansoor Amiji received a 2-year, $400K grant titled “Fluorescence Molecular In Vivo Liquid Biopsy of Circulating Tumor Cells” from the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health.

Willey published in Processed Safety Progress

ChE Professor Ronald Willey published “The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions” in Process Safety Progress which focuses on a thermodynamic understanding of why ammonium nitrate is considered nonhazardous by some groups, and extremely hazardous by other groups.

Bencherif Nominated as Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator 2021

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif and his team published their work on “Engineering a macroporous fibrin-based sequential interpenetrating polymer network for dermal tissue engineering” in Biomaterials Science as part of their Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigators 2021.

Abigail Koppes Receives the 2020 CMBE Young Innovator Award

ChE Assistant Professor Abigail Koppes received the 2020 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Young Innovator Award, in which CMBE publishes the most innovative and impactful bioengineering studies carried out by junior faculty in the field.