From energy to biotechnology to petrochemicals, the endeavors of Lehigh chemical engineers leave their mark across a diverse set of global industries. Students and faculty engage in all aspects of the chemical process industry, from R&D to plant construction and operation. The department, especially through its strong ties to Lehigh's Bioengineering program, also plays a leading role in campus health and biomedical research initatives.
Chemical engineers who graduate from Lehigh go on to play important roles in research and industry, converting raw materials and systems into a variety of products and prceosses in industries that specialize in petroleum and petrochemicals, rubbers and polymers, metals, industrialchemicals and gases, and health and biotechnology.
Chemical engineers take the small-scale work of the chemist and apply it to large-scale processes and products. Additionally, chemical engineers are the driving force in many exciting areas of bioengineering and biotechnology — including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D, cellular bioengineering, diagnostics, drug delivery, and the large-scale processing of food and consumer products.
Chemical engineers are also vital in such areas as pollution abatement, national defense and homeland security, and the manufacture of microelectronic devices and integrated circuits. Their skills are uniquely attuned to the engineering of efficient energy resources, from nuclear plants to fuel cells. Chemical engineers are bringing new perspectives and approaches to meeting the world’s energy needs.
Research Focus Areas
• Environmental and Energy
• Materials Processing
• Systems and Information
Affiliated Research Centers, Laboratories, and Institutes
• Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
• Center for Polymer Science and Engineering
• Chemical Process Modeling and Control Research Center
• Emulsion Polymers Institute
• Energy Research Center