Prospective Graduate Students

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Mission

Chemical Engineering is a branch of engineering that uses principles of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and economics to efficiently use, produce, design, transport, and transform energy and materials. The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at the University of Iowa (UI) provides a stimulating academic community where students engage in a highly personalized learning and research environment. Faculty within the department have focused research projects in biological and pharmaceutical systems, clean energy and catalysis, air quality and climate, polymeric and advanced materials, quantum chemical simulation, and remote sensing.

Active Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs provide students with opportunities to obtain specialized knowledge and expertise through advanced course work in chemical engineering and related disciplines, to engage in interdisciplinary research opportunities, and to impact their communities through service learning. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are designed to equip the student with the skills to pursue a career in industry, academia, or government. 

We help you build your mentoring network from day one!

Mentoring Network

We help students build their mentoring network from day one! In addition to their research advisor, graduate students in the department receive peer and faculty mentors as well as the opportunity for alumni mentorship. Students are assigned a peer mentor and a faculty mentor (non-research advisor) during the summer before entering the program.  The department also offers a voluntary alumni mentoring program in which students are paired up with an alumni mentor. 

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NIH funds CBE graduate’s student research to develop new polymer coating technology

When medical implants are put in the human body, their pristine surfaces are exposed to a host of biological compounds. The implants may need to be removed if bacteria colonize and persist on the surface or if the body deposits enough debris to limit how the implant functions. With three years...

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