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 2021


professional society fellowships


tenured/TT and affiliated faculty


young investigator awards


external research awards (2019-21)

Recent News

Courtney Pfluger

Pfluger wins Best Division Paper and Best PIC 5 Paper at Annual ASEE Conference

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Courtney Pfluger won the best paper in the Design in Engineering Education Division and won the best paper in the Professional Interest Council 5 at the Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference.

Improving Fluidic Devices for Cell Cultures

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes and Associate Professor Abigail Koppes were awarded a patent for designing a “Fluidic device and method of assembling same.”

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Guohao Dai, Abby Koppes, Ryan Koppes

$2M NASA Grant To Build Long Lasting Neurovascular Model

BioE Associate Professor Guohao Dai, ChE Associate Professor Abigail Koppes, and ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes received a $2M grant from NASA titled “Bioengineer Long-lasting 3D Neurovascular Microphysiological System to Model Chronic Inflammation-mediated Neurodegeneration”.