In 1921, shortly after the arrival of A. J. Hartsook,
hired as instructor of industrial chemistry, Chemical Engineering became
an independent program. Recently renamed Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering, the department has
grown in strength, vitality and scope, and now has 18
Five faculty members have their primary appointments in
Chemistry, and Civil and Environmental Engineering
The faculty members of our department are dedicated to excellence
in research and education. They are educators, scholars, counselors,
and friends. State-of-the-art equipment, modern laboratories and
support facilities help maintain Rice’s nationally and internationally
recognized position of excellence in the chemical engineering community.
To provide direction to its growth and to foster an interdisciplinary
research environment, Rice has formed several institutes and centers.
Our department is a major participant in these research endeavors.
Several chemical engineering faculty members play active roles
the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN), the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the
The Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS), the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB), and the Energy and Environment Initiative. Our department also
has strong interactions with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I).