Jun 12, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Major Fields of Study by College & Department

Colleges > Cullen College of Engineering > Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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.

Please select for more information about the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Program degrees offered.

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.

Please select for more information about the Materials Science and Engineering Program degrees offered.

Petroleum Engineering Program

Petroleum engineering offers the full spectrum of career opportunities - whether working for large multinational corporations or smaller independent oil companies, or even opportunities for the development of new companies and enterprises.  The industry continues to re-invent itself and in recent years there have been major new developments in the horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, production and stimulation, and the production of deep, tight gas formations, to mention a few.  Such developments have invigorated the US and global petroleum production industry and will have an important impact in meeting global energy challenges in the future.


The vision of the University of Houston Petroleum Engineering Program is to be a center of world-class petroleum engineering education, research and service in Houston, the center of the world petroleum industry.


The mission of the University of Houston Petroleum Engineering Program is to educate students to become highly qualified petroleum engineers, to conduct innovative research in petroleum engineering and related interdisciplinary areas, and provide service to the profession and to society.

Please select for more information about the Petroleum Engineering degrees offered.



    MasterDoctoralGraduate Certificate

    Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Major Fields of Study by College & Department