Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Case Western Reserve University has a long history of leadership in chemical engineering.  In 1888, a student named Herbert Dow graduated from Case and founded a small chemical company.  Today the Dow Chemical Company is the largest in the United States. At Case Western Reserve, we continue to develop future leaders through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs that combine technical rigor with experiential learning.  And our cutting-edge research programs in energy systems, advanced materials, and biomolecular engineering are world-renowned. Please contact me if you have questions or would like to learn more about our programs.
Daniel Lacks
Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Departmental News:

For years, CWRU chemical engineering students have traveled to African villages, to see a different way of life and, more recently, aiding those they visited by installing solar panels in their villages. What they didn’t realize, though, was the inherent problem with that model: If the system broke, the villagers didn’t know how to fix it. So when they went to Rwanda recently, they decided to flip the script.

Congratulations to Souvik Ghosh and Liz Stricker!  Souvik won the 2016 John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award in Plasma Science and Technology, and Liz won the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.  Read more below...

Prof. C. C. Liu has been developing low-cost technologies to rapidly screen and monitor a range of medical conditions, including various cancers.  Associated with the medical conditions are particular biomarkers.  Prof. Liu and his team have established detection mechanisms for such biomarkers, and have designed and fabricated biomedical sensor prototypes based on these biomarkers. Read more about it here.

Clean renewable energy from solar or wind sounds great -- but what do you do when its dark out or not windy?  Prof. Savinell and Prof. Wainright are working on solving this problem.  They have been developing technology for cost-effective grid-scale batteries that could store energy from solar or wind for use when its dark out or not windy. Read more about this project here.

A few years ago, a passion for chemistry and intrigue in engineering led Joseph Toth to an African village, where he helped bring electricity to a family for the first time. Now, Toth is going global again. Only this time, that drive and enthusiasm have earned him a spot as a Fulbright Scholar.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering last year and continuing his academic career as a PhD student at CWRU, the Fulbright Scholarship Board recognized Toth with the award to conduct research in Finland...

As part of a U.S. State Department program, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosted 15 representatives of higher education and government from seven countries in a cross-disciplinary program to demonstrate how an American research university forms links with industry and other private-sector businesses...  Read more

On the second floor of Case Western Reserve's A.W. Smith Building, a name resonates through fluorescentlit laboratories crammed with jury-rigged assemblages of tubing, dry ice and laptops. To be sure, the names of pioneering scientists such as Curie and Faraday also are invoked here. But this name applies to a presentday chemical engineering professor whose work with students has earned the university's highest honors for mentoring: It's Mohan... read more

When Weatherhead professor Michael Goldberg started his Massive Open Online Course two years ago, he hoped it would empower students around the globe to launch their own businesses.He never imagined that Case Western Reserve undergraduates would travel to another continent to help them.  But that’s precisely what happened when a conversation between Goldberg and engineering professor Daniel Lacks connected students in Cleveland with an aspiring entrepreneur in a Namibian village...

Instead of having to use tons of crushing force and volcanic heat to forge diamonds, researchers at Case Western Reserve University, led by Prof. Mohan Sankaran, have developed a way to cheaply make nanodiamonds on a lab bench at atmospheric pressure and near room temperature... read more