UH Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

We are engineering chemicals and petrochemicals, clean energy, and medicines and inventing new advanced materials, polymers, and biotechnologies for a healthier prosperous America. Our academic programs cultivate broad knowledge and creative thought in one of the most impactful disciplines in science and engineering. Be part of UH CHBE.

William A. Brookshire

Dr. William A. Brookshire

The UH ChBE department has been renamed as the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. William A. Brookshire graduated from UH in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and later co-founded S&B Engineers and Constructors. Though he passed away in 2017, his continued philanthropic impact on the educational excellence of UH faculty, students and researchers is significant. Endowments fuel the momentum of the academic mission in perpetuity, helping the Cullen College of Engineering excel as an internationally recognized hub of research activity in the fields of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Research Excellence

Biomolecular
Research in the Department interfaces Chemical Engineering with the biological sciences and emphasizes biomolecular and metabolic engineering in...
Catalysis and Reactions
Catalysis, the process of increasing the rates of reactions in addition to engineering reactions to produce biofuels and other products is an area of...
Energy and Environment
Researching the interactions between complex fluids and surfaces that confine or support them to tackle challenges such as biofouling and...
Materials and Polymers
The synthesis and processing of materials including polymeric and biopolymeric materials that have specific electrical, optical, or mechanical...
Transport and Separations
Research on the production, transformation, and transport of biochemicals, chemicals, and energy, and on exploiting the differences in chemical or...
Process and Materials Design Computing
Modeling and analysis of the interactions between transport processes and chemical reactions in various systems of engineering interest our faculty....

Research News

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A mutation that replaces a single amino acid in a potent tumor-suppressing protein turns it from saint to sinister. A new study by a coalition of Texas institutions shows why that is more damaging than previously known. 

Cancer ‘guardian’ breaks bad with one switch, UH, Rice researchers show
Mehmet Orman, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to study so-called persister cells - those that go dormant and then become tolerant to extraordinary levels of antibiotics.
University of Houston Biomolecular Engineer Receives NSF CAREER Award to Explore Cells That Defy Efforts to Kill Them
UH's Orman Researching Why Antibiotic-Resistant Cells Persist
Dr. Lars C. Grabow, the Dan Luss Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering’s William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will be furthering his research into developing small, modular reactor systems and tuning the properties of catalysts after receiving a pair of grants expected to total more than $2 million in funding.

A Cullen College of Engineering professor will be furthering his research into developing small, modular reactor systems and tuning the properties of catalysts after receiving a pair of grants expected to total more than $2 million in funding.

Grabow nets another $2M for research projects on small reactors, catalysts

Student News

Rosa Miraldina Futy, a senior studying Chemical Engineering, has been selected for an American Chemical Society Bridge Career & Professional Development Award.

Her work as an undergraduate computational researcher, as well as a strong support system inside and outside of the University of Houston system, have allowed senior Rosa Miraldina Futy to excel in her studies, which includes being selected for an American Chemical Society Bridge Career & Professional Development Award.

ChBE student earns ACS development award
Senior Jose Vargas.

Six students from the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston have been honored by the Great Minds in STEM organization as 2020 scholars, and been rewarded with scholarships.

For more than 30 years, GMiS has served as an educational and national 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose vision is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and math careers, especially in underserved communities.

6 Cullen College students selected for Great Minds in STEM scholarships
Ankur Agrawal.

The American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) has awarded five scholarships for 2020 to students attending the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering. Each student received a monetary award, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, to further their studies.

ASIE Scholarship Winners 2020

5 Cullen College students honored by ASIE

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The UH Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Programs

The UH Cullen College of Engineering offers MChE non-thesis, M.S. course-based and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering.