WPI’s Chemical Engineering Department has a rich history of innovative research in the areas of membrane science, materials science, catalysis and reaction engineering. During the past decade we have hired new faculty and expanded our efforts to become a leader in the fields of bioengineering and energy.

Our faculty research groups typically consist of a combination of postdocs, doctoral students, masters students and undergraduate students, enabling diverse, dynamic teams of students to solve complex problems at the interfaces of engineering and science. WPI’s emphases on project based learning, interdisciplinary approaches, international perspectives and industrial relevance enable students to thrive in a contemporary research environment and to obtain a distinctive research preparation for careers in industry, academia and government.

Our research facilities are located in Goddard Hall and the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park. These two locations bring together researchers in five departments (Chemical Engineering, Biology and Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics) for a truly unique interdisciplinary environment that not only makes possible exciting discoveries, but helps mold the chemical engineers of tomorrow.

Research Focus Areas

From discovering new sources of renewable energy to finding solutions to critical health issues, the fundamental and applied research of the Chemical Engineering Department at WPI, done in a collaborative, supportive interdisciplinary environment, touches on some of the most important issues and problems of our time.

Although our collective research spans a number of disciplines and applications, we are strategically focused and building our programs in the following four areas: