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:

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

A Case Western Reserve University proposal for a low-cost, energy-efficient method to extract the strategic metal titanium from ore, led by Prof. Rohan Akolkar, was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for contract negotiations... read more

Last year, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar held free, peaceful elections—the first since its military government took hold in 1962. Now, as leaders rebuild and restructure the country and its education system, Daniel Lacks, the C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering, is there to help... read more

Vaccinations are critical to good health, but to be effective, the vaccines must be refrigerated. In developing countries with little access to electricity to keep the vaccines cold or automobiles to quickly transport them, simply getting vaccines to individuals in need can be a major challenge. That all could change, with the help of a few Case Western Reserve University students ... read more

A Department of Energy agency that funds high-risk, high-payoff research, has awarded engineers at Case Western Reserve University $567,805 to develop a “rustbelt” battery with unprecedented flexibility and utility... read more.

After decades of underinvestment and isolation, the Iraqi higher education system suffered even further during the Iraq War. Now, eight Iraqi engineering faculty members have come to Case Western Reserve University to learn first-hand how they can reshape their universities and contribute to rebuilding their country... read more

Jeffrey M. Halpern, an alum of the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to help develop a breath test that would identify early cancers.  His scholarship will bring him to the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, beginning January 2013... read more

As the school year came to a close, two rising juniors prepared for a three-week trip to Africa to study thermodynamics at the University of Botswana. Once they arrived, they learned plenty about engineering and also helped make the sport of tennis accessible to children in African villages... read more

Just days before the start of spring semester, as many students were already back on campus or packing up in their hometowns, five seniors were halfway across the world in Africa, learning how residents of a remote village live daily without electricity or running water—and how the students could use their engineering knowledge to help... read more

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are mixing cheap and plentiful iron in benign solutions to create a flow battery – essentially an unwrapped battery that can be scaled up to hold and supply electricity to a home or an entire community...  read more