Undergraduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering share with faculty a congenial atmosphere and an excitement for the ever-expanding range of processes and technologies which are based on chemical and biomolecular engineering principles.

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Featured Stories

Penn Engineering Breaks Ground on New Data Science Building Named Amy Gutmann Hall

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new data science building and unveiled its official name, the Amy Gutmann Hall, in honor of Penn’s President.  Amy Gutmann is Penn’s eighth and longest-serving President.  She has led the University since 2004, and her term will end at the end of this academic year.

Planned facilities include an auditorium and active learning classrooms, as well as research and collaboration spaces. Read More

Undergraduate Spotlight - CBE Junior

Kofi Nightingale
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Class of 2023

Hometown:  Kingston, Jamaica

Why did you choose to pursue engineering? Why CBE?

I chose to pursue engineering mainly because of the essential skills studying engineering allows you to develop such as critical and analytical thinking in different environments. I chose CBE in particular due to my love for biochemistry and the molecular complexities underlying living organisms. As such, it seemed like the best fit for me here at Penn. Read More

Undergraduate Research Spotlight - CBE Junior

Sean Deresh
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Class of 2023

Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

CBE Major
Earth Science Major

Research Conducted: Fall 21 – Spring 22
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Vohs

Research Project:
The growing concern for global climate change and finite energy resources have generated interest in the transformation of biomass carbohydrates to fuels and chemicals. Read more

Undergraduate Spotlight - CBE Senior

Isabel Gutierrez
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Class of 2022

Hometown:  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Programs:  CBE Major | Energy and Sustainability Minor

Why did you choose to pursue engineering? Why CBE?

I chose to pursue engineering because I wanted to learn how to problem-solve. I chose CBE because I enjoyed my chemistry classes in high school, saw that there was a minor in energy and sustainability, and gave the major a try, and ended up really liking it! Read more


Undergraduate Spotlight - Senior

Chelsea Cao
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Programs: CBE Major
Economics Major with Statistics Concentration

Why did you choose to pursue engineering? Why CBE?

I’ve always loved math and science and being able to create new things. In high school, I was passionate about chemistry, so I started working in a chemical engineering lab, not knowing what it would involve. Read more

CBE Master's Student Spotlight

Weiduo Wang

Our current master’s student, Weiduo Wang, is exploring his interest in the field of soft matter through coursework in Transport and Thermodynamics. He is also engaged in a wide range of research projects here in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  A passionate researcher, his work has been published in relevant publications, such as the Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2021): 51242 and Biological Chemical Engineering 05, 55-58, 2019. Weiduo is also a student member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and finds this membership critical to staying abreast with the industry. Read more

CBE Master's Student Spotlight

Ogheneruteyan ‘Rute’ Onosode

A recipient of the Wolf-Hallac award, the Norman Hixson Laboratory Report Prize, and the AlChE-Delaware Valley Section Junior Award during her undergraduate years in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, our current master’s student, Ogheneruteyan ‘Rute’ Onosode, is pursuing her interest in energy and pharmaceuticals. Rute is furthering her interests by tailoring her academic path around relevant courses like Energy Systems & Policy, Renewable Energy & its Impacts, Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage, and Sustainable Development of Water Resource Systems. Read more

CBE News

Daniel Hammer Named Director of Center for Precision Engineering for Health

01.10.2022 | Read More

Data Science: Refining Data into Knowledge, Turning Knowledge into Action

01.06.2022 | Read More

A ‘Vibrant Nexus’ for Research and Discovery in the Physical Sciences

12.13.2021 | Read More

CBE Events

CBE Seminar: “Revealing the Unknown Dynamics of High-Energy Density Lithium-Metal Batteries”

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CBE Seminar: “From Trash to Treasure: Advancing the Heterogeneous Catalytic Deconstruction and Upcycling of Waste Polyolefins”

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CBE Seminar: “Investigating Biomedical Challenges Through State-of-the-Art DNA-based Technology”

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CBE Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is seeking Tenured and Tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels.

Why Penn CBE?

Penn’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program offers exceptional preparation for a life in research, academia, business, or industry. Our faculty are at the forefront of the discipline. An emphasis on the basics of engineering science combined with leading edge research is key to the great power and flexibility that a Penn Engineering degree provides in a rapidly changing technological environment.

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