Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Villanova University’s Department of Chemical Engineering was established in 1919 and offers a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. In 2019, to reflect the significant number of courses and research being conducted in the biomedical field, the department name was officially changed to Chemical and Biological Engineering. While the degree/major remains Chemical Engineering, related minors can be earned in Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering.

The department is associated with the College of Engineering’s newest research center, NovaCell, the Center for Cellular Engineering. Founded in 2018, 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 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


Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Noelle Comolli,
Associate Professor

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Full-time faculty


ChE undergraduates


Master’s students (Chemical)


Master’s students (BioChemical)


PhD students