Brown University School of Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Research

The CBE program conducts fundamental research relevant to the design, application, detection, and environmental health impacts of chemical products. The discipline is rooted in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, environmental chemistry and biochemistry, and draws from a broad range of tools in the modern molecular and nanosciences. Active research thrusts include chip-based medical diagnostics, environmental remediation technologies for soil, water and indoor air, mixture thermodynamics, carbon materials, fuel chemistry, DNA and RNA amplification processes, environmental nanotechnology, electrochemical technologies including batteries and fuel cells, nanotoxicology, and safe nanomaterial design.


  • C. Franklin Goldsmith - combustion chemistry, catalysis, electronic structure methods, computational kinetics
  • Joseph Calo – water treatment, electrochemical metal removal and electrowinning, environmental implications of energy technologies.
  • Robert Hurt – environmental nanotechnology, nanotoxicology and safe material design, carbon materials, 3D graphene-based material architectures, materials in energy systems.
  • Indrek Kulaots – environmental implications of energy technologies, sorbents and porous materials.
  • G. Tayhas Palmore - electrochemical energy conversion, biochemical sensing.
  • Andrew Peterson - heterogeneous catalysis, electronic structure theory, sustainable fuels.
  • Brian Sheldon - carbon materials, chemical vapor deposition, composites, battery technologies.
  • Anita Shukla  - biomaterials, self-assembly, drug delivery, regenerative medicine
  • Eric Suuberg – organic soil contamination, thermodynamics of PAH mixtures, vapor intrusion, environmental implications of energy technologies.
  • Anubhav Tripathi – microfluidic-based pathogen detection, bacterial self-assembly.
  • Petia Vlahovska - complex fluids, colloid and surface science, soft matter.