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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.


In 2017, the department was ranked in the top five most impactful biomaterial research programs in the world by the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.
Since 2017, the department has had 36 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, and the Institute for the Chemical Imaging of Living Systems, 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:

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Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering

Recent News

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AHA Grant to Explore the Innervation of Arterial Grafts

Associate Professor Guohao Dai from the Department of Bioengineering, Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes and Abigail Koppes from the Department of Chemical Engineering were awarded $200K from the American Heart Association (AHA) Innovative Project Award for “Bioengineer an autonomic neurovascular system to explore the innervation of arterial grafts”.

David Medina, a doctoral student at Northeastern, is using bacteria to produce nanoparticles that are particularly effective at killing whatever type of cell was used to create them, including strains of bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

ChE Professor Thomas Webster and his colleagues are using bacteria to develop nanoparticles that will combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Bencherif’s Research Featured on Cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials

ChE Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research is featured on the front cover page of the September issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials.

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West to Work on Collaborative NSF Grant to Further Develop Cantera Open-Source Modeling Software

ChE Associate Professor Richard West is part of a $2.5M NSF collaborative effort to further develop and support the successful and popular open-source modeling software Cantera, a suite of tools for problems involving chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes.