The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has research programs in four core areas: materials science and engineering (including polymeric and electronic), biomolecular engineering, energy engineering, and reaction and systems engineering. Specific research areas include biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering, chemical vapor deposition, catalysis, colloid science, combinatorial chemistry, applied molecular biology, process control, interfacial phenomena, numerical simulation, molecular recognition, rheology, fluid flow and phase behavior in porous media, polymer and macromolecular solutions, processing of electronic materials, thin-films materials fuel cells, two-phase flow, solid-fluid separation, reliability theory, super-conductivity, thermochemical energy storage, and petroleum production engineering.
The department occupies more than 50,000 square feet in the two modern buildings that house the Cullen College of Engineering. All full-time graduate students are provided office and laboratory space to carry out their studies and research. Excellent facilities and equipment are available in the aforementioned research program areas. Typical equipment includes scanning electron microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer, pulsed excimer-pumped dye laser, quasi-elastic laser light scattering spectroscopy unit, atomic force microscopes, ellipsometers, and confocal microscopes systems. In addition, the department has laser anemometers, rheometus, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system, ultraviolet spectrometers, microscope-video recorder and microscope-move camera systems, and automatic image analyzers. New facilities include systems for infrared thermal imaging, plasma processing and etching, semiconductor processing equipment, high-pressure centrifuge for porous medium analysis, X-ray scattering equipment, advance rheometer, TGA/DSC, Fourier transform infrared spectrometers, parallel array diagnostic equipment, polymer chain reactor devices, cell culture facilities and fluorimeters. The faculty and students in the department participate in the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center and the National Wind Energy Center.
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Materials Science and Engineering Program
The Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Houston is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from Mechanical, Chemical and Electrical Engineering Departments. In addition, significant collaboration occurs with the materials faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The principal objectives of the materials engineering program may be summarized as follows: to study the mechanical, optical, electrical and electronic behavior of engineering and engineered materials used in all engineering applications. The specific areas covered by this program range from metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites for advanced mechanical/aerospace engineering applications to thin films and coatings for electronics and superconducting ceramics for energy-related applications.
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