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Chemical Engineering: Helping society meet its goals for sustainable energy, clean water and better health

Drawing on expertise in areas like catalysis, electrochemical systems, transport properties of biological systems and polymers for membranes and biomaterials, our faculty bridge the gaps between molecular-level interactions and real-world applications. Using advanced molecular engineering strategies, we are driving innovation in fields as varied and as important to society as solar energy and battery technologies, natural gas to chemical conversions, water purification, pollutant remediation, tissue engineering and pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery.

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Phone: 434-924-2512

Liheng Cai

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy)

Research Areas
  • Soft (bio)Materials
  • Polymers
  • Biophysics
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  • 45

    Average undergraduate class size (last 5 years)

  • $ 78 K

    Average starting salary for industrial employment: 2019 B.S. graduates

  • 4

    Average number of Ph.D. students per tenure track faculty

  • 22

    Total number of ChE faculty