Student using pipette in the lab.

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.

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

13

professional society fellowships

34

tenured/TT and affiliated faculty

23

young investigator awards

$14M

external research awards (2019-21)


Recent News

Creating a Device for Early Detection of Disease Using Exhaled Breath

ECE Professor Nian X. Sun and ChE Associate Teaching Professor Adam Ekenseair were awarded a patent for “Molecularly-imprinted electrochemical sensors.”

Qing Zhao

New Faculty Spotlight: Qing Zhao

Qing Zhao joins the Chemical Engineering department in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor.

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]

Developing Advanced Genetic Engineering Methods

ChE Assistant Professor Benjamin Woolston’s proposal for “Development of a Robust Genome Engineering Toolbox for the Model Acetogen Eubacterium limosum” was accepted by the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute’s Community Science Program.