Chemical Engineering

The work of chemical engineers helps solve some of the biggest problems of our time. In small, focused research groups, students and faculty within WPI’s Chemical Engineering Department go beyond the classroom, continuing to make discoveries in areas like environmental protection, renewable energy, and life sciences, through research and development of new technologies, processes, and materials. Our world-class facilities and labs, such as the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC) and the Alden Center in Goddard Hall, are ideal places to conduct this cutting-edge discovery.

Can a Membrane Make Clean Coal Feasible?

The Quest for Clean Energy

James H. Manning Professor Yi Hua Ma’s lab is working with palladium membrane reactors to produce extra-pure hydrogen as a source of energy, with the potential to reduce energy dependence on oil.

Students in the Chemical Engineering Department are welcomed into a family-like atmosphere. The warm, caring vibe of the department is evident as you work with a small, close-knit group of faculty and staff. Learn more about the great chemistry in our department...


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The undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program at WPI is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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  • Research Profile

    Research Profile

    Name: Cranberries Can Block Staph
    Department: Chemical Engineering

    Professor Terri Camesano’s research, supported by a grant from the Cranberry Institute and the Wisconsin Cranberry Board, revealed how cranberries can help prevent staph infections.

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    Research Profile

    Name: Studying Membranes for Energy
    Department: Chemical Engineering

    The Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, headed by Professor Ma, received a Department of Energy grant to study palladium membranes, used to create clean, cost-effective energy.

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    Research Profile

    Name: Novel Ways of Remediating Water
    Department: Chemical Engineering

    Researchers at the Bioengineering Institute Center for Water Research, including Professors Kazantzis and Thompson, aim to make water safer and develop systems for practical applications.

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