Chemical engineers are well-suited to make major contributions toward meeting challenges for the environment, energy, and sustainable development. The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering has an active research program in the science and engineering of air pollution, links between climate and air pollution, sensors for air and water quality, bioremediation and treatment of air, water and sediment, and the design of new environmentally compatible technologies. Our atmospheric environmental research activities span many scales – from local to regional, and to global scale.
Current research: Development and application of chemical transport models (CTM) to studies in regional atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and climate.
Current research: Environmental fate and risk assessment of emerging pollutant classes; development of material-based technologies that promote resource sustainability.
Current research: Electrochemical synthesis of functional nanomaterials, solar fuels and chemicals, plasmon-based energy conversion systems, and energy-efficient water treatment systems.
Current research: Aerosol and gas-phase research applications in air pollution, climate science, and energy.
Current research: Combining analytical, environmental, and organic chemistry to advance understanding of the chemical composition and sources of atmospheric particulate matter.
Current research: Satellite remote sensing and Earth system modeling, focusing on aerosols, radiative transfer, fires, air-land interaction, air quality, and climate.
Current research: Mesoscale numerical and radiative transfer modeling, satellite remote sensing of aerosol and cloud, aerosol climate forcing and aerosol property retrieval using polarization, and land surface modeling of precipitation, soil moisture, and radiation.