DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is a dynamic community of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
Our professors excel in both the classroom and the laboratory, with many possessing decades of experience in traditional chemical engineering industries such as fuels, alternative energy, bulk chemicals and polymers. Other faculty are leading the way in the rapidly growing fields of biotechnology, biomedical engineering, cell therapy, bio-inspired materials, pharmaceuticals and more.
Regardless of your area of interest, at Villanova, you will be taught to creatively solve relevant technical problems with solutions that respond to economic constraints as well as social, ethical, environmental and safety implications.
At a Glance
- 15 Full-time faculty members
- 224 Chemical Engineering undergraduates (50% female)
- 29 Master's students (Chemical)
- 30 Master's students (Biochemical)
- 15 PhD students
The size of our department allows for a variety of hands-on research opportunities and the ability for focused faculty mentorship.
The department is associated with the College of Engineering’s research center:
NovaCell’s mission is to lead efforts to improve cell and gene therapy products, and the bioprocesses used to make them.
Students at all levels are encouraged to pursue research opportunities with Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty in the areas of:
- Biopharmaceutical processing
- Biomaterials for drug delivery
- Cell and gene therapy
- Computational chemistry models to improve catalyst design
- Decontamination of wastewater
- Systems biology approaches to understanding antibiotic resistance
- Utilizing biomass for energy and bio-sourced materials
- Zeolite and catalyst design for increased process efficiency