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Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, biotechnology, environmental health and safety industries, among others.

With 15 dynamic faculty,and a student body that is ~40% female, underrepresented minority and an undergraduate population where ~1 out of every 8 students is a National Merit Scholar, excellence is something we strive for every day.

A University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering professor, Steven P. Crossley, is the recipient of a five-year, National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award in the amount of $548,829 for research that can be used to understand catalysts that are important for a broad range of chemical reactions ranging from the production of renewable fuels and chemicals for natural gas processing. The research will be integrated with educational and outreach programs intended for American Indian students, emphasizing the importance of sustainable energy.


A staggering 1.7 million persons in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, with 600,000 cases ending in death. University of Oklahoma researchers Roger Harrison and Daniel Resasco have collaborated to design a novel, non-invasive cancer therapy that could eliminate tumors without affecting the healthy cells in the body.

This is just one of of the many research stories from CBME that is helping to make people's lives better.



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Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering

Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering is a dynamic discipline. A degree in CBME, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, affords our students many opportunities. You will find our professors highly qualified and our staff committed to providing you with the best as you focus on your educational pursuit.

Chemical engineers study how to convert low-value raw materials into high-value products by making highly specific chemical changes in that material. This typically involves designing or discovering novel processes rather than devices or products. Chemical engineers must have a good knowledge of the chemical nature of materials, and they must be able to predict how chemical changes to the molecular structure of a material will alter the ultimate physical properties of a material.

Our degree options allow students the opportunity to tailor their undergraduate education to their particular interests within chemical engineering. 

Daniel Resasco

Our faculty research and education programs include exciting new areas such as tissue engineering, carbon nanotube synthesis and applications, genetic engineering, nanostructured materials and devices, and cell adhesion. These new fields build on and complement traditional strengths in energy, thermodynamics, surfactants, polymers, process systems engineering, and more.

Beyond your degree: Chemical engineers are among the best equipped to attack and solve problems such as energy supplies, food and water supplies, environmental contamination, global warming, and health-related issues. The University of Oklahoma is among the best institutions in the nation to prepare you for a career in chemical engineering.

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Left to right: Daniel Resasco, Steven Crossley, Bin Wang, and Ngoc Bui

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