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Departmental Fast Facts

Founded in 1893, we are America’s oldest continuously operating degree-granting program in chemical engineering.


Our faculty comprises experts in catalysis, cellular and biomolecular engineering, soft matter, cellular biophysics, and colloids. They both teach students and engage in research in crucial areas that contribute to generating new knowledge essential for tackling technological challenges across various sectors, from healthcare to energy.

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the welfare and prosperity of the country by providing independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology and promoting a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering.

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 that are based on chemical and biomolecular engineering principles.

Students are able to develop face-to-face professional relationships with faculty members. Opportunities abound for undergraduates to conduct research in professors’ laboratories and research groups.

Students in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Master’s degree program gain an advanced foundation in the principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering, preparing them for further research and employment.

Admitted students in Penn’s Ph.D. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering exhibit outstanding potential to produce innovative contributions to the theory and practice within the field.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has established robust connections with various disciplines. Collaborative efforts spanning nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine, engineering, materials, cellular engineering, and energy are well-supported by several centers, institutes, and programs.

Our faculty are exceptionally well-funded, with research funding more than doubling between 2004 and 2009*.

*Numbers are from the 2010-2011 academic year.