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Chemical Engineering

Emeriti: (Professors) Andreas Acrivos, Michel Boudart, George M. Homsy, Robert J. Madix

Chair: Gerald G. Fuller

Professors: Stacey F. Bent, Curtis W. Frank, Gerald G. Fuller, Chaitan Khosla, Channing R. Robertson, Eric S. G. Shaqfeh, James R. Swartz

Associate Professor: Zhenan Bao

Assistant Professors: Alexander R. Dunn, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Andrew J. Spakowitz, Clifford L. Wang

Courtesy Professors: Annelise E. Barron, Daniel Herschlag, Jeffrey R. Koseff, Robert M. Waymouth

Lecturers: Shari B. Libicki, Sara Loesch-Frank, John E. Moalli, Anthony Pavone

Acting Assistant Professor: Lisa Y. Hwang

Consulting Professors: Douglas C. Cameron, Jae Chun Hyun, Kay Kanazawa, Wolfgang Knoll, Jaan Noolandi, Conrad Schadt, Do Yeung Yoon

Visiting Professor: Subhash Risbud

Administrative Office: Stauffer III, Room 113

Student Services Office: Keck Science Building, Room 189

Mail Code: 94305-5025

Student Services Phone: (650) 723-1302

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering have the subject code CHEMENG, and are listed in the "Chemical Engineering [CHEMENG] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Chemical engineers are responsible for the conception and design of processes involved in the production, transformation, and transport of materials and sources of energy. This activity begins with experimentation in the laboratory and is followed by implementation of the technology into full-scale production. The mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford is to provide professional training, development, and education for the next generation of leaders in the chemical and biological sciences and engineering. A large number of industries depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals, materials, and energy. In addition to traditional examples such as the chemical and energy industries, there are increasing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronic device fabrication and materials, and environmental engineering. Chemical and biological engineering is essential in these and other fields whenever processes involve the chemical, biological, or physical transformation of matter and energy.

Research investigations are currently being carried out in the following fields: applied statistical mechanics, biocatalysis, bioengineering, colloid science, computational materials science, electronic materials, hydrodynamic stability, kinetics and catalysis, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, polymer science, renewable energy, rheo-optics of polymeric systems, and surface and interface science. Additional information may be found at

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students to pursue course work in interdisciplinary biosciences, which include the chemical, biological, physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. Courses include CHEMENG 181/281, 183/283, 355, 450, 454, 456, 457, and 458. In addition, students seeking a broad introduction to current topics in the interdisciplinary biosciences and engineering should consider CHEMENG 459, Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences, which covers emerging technologies and other subject matter at the intersection of engineering and biology, ranging from molecular to complex systems; see Students are encouraged to review course offerings in all departments of the School of Engineering.

Further information about the department may be found at Undergraduates considering majoring in Chemical Engineering are encouraged to talk with faculty and meet with staff in the departmental student services office. Students interested in pursuing advanced work in chemical engineering, including coterminal degrees, should contact the department as well. Admission to graduate programs for active Stanford students is by approval of an internal petition. All other students should go to for general and departmental information about the requirements and processes for applying for admission to a graduate degree program.

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