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William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

About the Department

Chemical engineers take raw materials and develop them into the products we use every day. At Ohio State, we educate our students to design, develop and operate chemical processes by which chemicals, petroleum products, food, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods can be produced economically and safely. Undergraduates have the option of studying bio-related aspects of chemical engineering as well. Our program offers a solid foundation in both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemical engineering.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty often collaborate with researchers in other departments. Many participate in multidisciplinary research teams to conduct cutting-edge research in bioinformatics, gene therapy, cardiovascular science, intelligent materials, microfabrication, nanotechnology, complex fluids, and environmentally benign manufacturing.

Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineers are responsible for commercial applications of chemistry. These applications often involve processes that provide the basic necessities of life — food, clothing, shelter, energy, transportation, and communications. Chemical engineers often do on a large scale what chemists may do on a test tube scale. Recent scientific breakthroughs in molecular biology are expected to yield even more opportunities for chemical engineers to contribute to pharmaceutical process development, drug discovery, the design and control of bioprocesses, and the general application of chemical engineering principles to biosystems.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Our researchers are involved in many interdisciplinary programs and research centers on campus, including the Institute for Materials Research, the Biomedical Engineering Center, the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program, the University Cell Analysis and Sorting Core, the Ohio State Carbonation Ash Reactivation (OSCAR) demonstration plant, and the Environmental Science and Engineering Program. Our students enjoy the unique opportunity to interact and work with top scientists from leading edge research centers and institutes on and around campus, including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and Ohio State’s Heart and Lung Institute.