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

Acrylonitrile is the feedstock used to make carbon fiber, which is used in the manufacturing of an array of products, from vehicles and performance sports equipment to wind turbine blades and electronics.

Lars Grabow's Research to Bring Chemical Production and Manufacturing Together Could Revolutionize Numerous Chemical Processes

You may know little to nothing about the carbon fiber market, but products produced with carbon fibers are pervasive in your everyday life ... from bicycles and computer hardware to automobiles, apparel and medications.

Grabow engineering dynamic solutions for carbon fiber market
Jeffrey Rimer, Abraham E. Dukler Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has published the first study that offers some resolution to the differing hypotheses of the role of zinc in kidney stones.

First Study to Validate Conflicting Theories

Does Zinc Inhibit or Promote Growth of Kidney Stones? Well, Both.
Peter Vekilov, Moores Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, is examining why the two drugs that most often cure malaria can also fail because they tend to fight each other.

When a mosquito begins to nibble on you, it is not merely feeding on your blood, it is also injecting its saliva into your skin. If that saliva happens to be full of parasites carrying malaria or other diseases from its last victim, then most likely you will become infected, too. 

Examining the One-Two Punch of Malaria Drugs

Student News

Pak Wing Chen.

Four students from the Cullen College of Engineering are among the winners of this year's University of Houston Graduate Research Showcase Virtual Poster Session.

Held on March 22, the event showcases the breadth and depth of groundbreaking research being undertaken by UH graduate students across disciplines, as well as to offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking. The Top 10 graduate student winners received a scholarship award.

4 Cullen College graduate students honored for posters
Faheem Ershad.

Three graduate students from the Cullen College of Engineering have received scholarships from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH), as recognition for their work inside and outside of the classroom.

All three students received Cora Hawley Scholarships. According to the TcSUH, she established the scholarships to further the careers of exceptional students aligned with TcSUH research programs. The recipients for the 2021-22 academic year are:

Three graduate students receive TcSUH scholarships
Melanie Hazlett, a December 2016 graduate of the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering with a doctorate in Chemical Engineering, is now a professor with her own research lab at Concordia University in Montreal.

Being from Canada, Professor Melanie Hazlett honestly hadn't heard much of the University of Houston before she began searching for graduate school opportunities. However, it was her mentor Professor William Epling that led her to Texas. 

UH alum Hazlett hired as Concordia University professor

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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.