Overview + Welcome

Chinedum OsujiWelcome to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. CBE reflects the excellence and abiding commitments to scholarship, mentorship, innovation, and diversity and inclusion, that are characteristic of a highly regarded School and the prestigious University beyond it. Within the department, you will meet our dedicated and invaluable staff, world-renowned and always on the move faculty, lecturers and researchers, and of course, the lifeblood of the department – our terrific undergraduate and graduate students.

The department is widely recognized for the caliber of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and for broad-ranging and high impact research. Our faculty lead cutting edge efforts in the areas of energy and sustainability, soft matter and interfacial phenomena, molecular and cellular biology, data science and machine learning, transport phenomena, and process design.

Students in CBE enjoy an interdisciplinary and hands-on approach that is first grounded in fundamental principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering, before branching out into broader engineering concepts and their application to the solution of modern technological problems. In addition to the research programs of individual faculty, students also collaborate extensively with researchers in the many research centers of which CBE faculty are members, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Physical Sciences Oncology Center, the Institute for Medicine and Engineering, and the Penn Institute for Computational Science. We encourage our undergraduates to get involved with research and are proud of the fact that a large fraction of them are actively involved in many of these exciting research programs.

Our website is designed to help you explore the undergraduate and graduate programs in CBE, discover the research areas and accomplishments of our faculty, and stay updated on our events and news. For more information, or to schedule a visit, please do not hesitate to contact the department.


Chinedum Osuji
Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering