In 1921, shortly after the arrival of A. J.Â Hartsook,Â hired asÂ instructorÂ of industrial chemistry, Chemical Engineering became an independent program. Over the years, the department has grown in strength, vitalityÂ andÂ scope, and now has 26 faculty members. Eleven faculty members have their primary appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Biosciences, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Materials Science and NanoEngineering.
Our facultyÂ areÂ dedicated to excellence in research and education. They are educators, scholars, counselorsÂ andÂ friends. State-of-the-art equipment, modern laboratoriesÂ andÂ support facilities help maintain Riceâ€™s nationally and internationally recognized position of excellence in the chemical engineering community.
To provide direction to its growth and to foster an interdisciplinary research environment, Rice has formed several institutes and centers. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a major participant in these research endeavors. Several of our faculty members play active roles inÂ theÂ Smalley Curl Institute,Â theÂ TheÂ Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS), theÂ Institute of Biosciences and BioengineeringÂ (IBB)Â and theÂ Energy and Environment Initiative. The department also has strong interactions with theÂ Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I).