Many of the challenges facing the world today have a significant chemical engineering component. Examples of these challenges are: processing nuclear waste, biological energy production, reducing energy consumption and environmental impact in chemical processing, and removing CO2 from coal fired power plant emissions.
With a master’s or doctorate degree in chemical engineering, you have the in-depth knowledge, research skills, and mathematical analysis skills needed to make a contribution to solving these important challenges.
Graduate studies in chemical engineering are highly diversified to accommodate the needs of most students who have a strong background in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. Areas of expertise include:
- Analyzing nanoscale materials using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning Raman spectroscopy.
- Simulation, optimization and process design, especially for the pulp and paper industry and for food applications
- Hazardous waste characterization and bioremediation
- Membrane, nanoscience, fluid mechanics, biochemical engineering
- Pyroprocessing of nuclear materials
- Hydrogen production
- Battery development for electric vehicles
- Separation processes using oscillating flows in periodic flow tubes and microchannels
As a graduate student in the rigorous chemical engineering program, you receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty members who are recognized internationally for excellence in chemical engineering teaching and research. Here, you engage in leading industry research with access to fully-equipped laboratory facilities and modern equipment, including the atomic force microscope (AFM) system, scanning Raman microscope, a variety of bioreactors, and a probe station for analyzing electrical properties of nanomaterials materials.
You may also have opportunities to present your research at local, regional and national competitions and to participate in other industry networking activities. Numerous fellowships and assistantship opportunities are also available.
A master’s or doctorate degree in chemical engineering is offered at both the Moscow campus and the Idaho Falls campus.