College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is a top-tier, internationally competitive department with two thriving programs. The department boasts a unique culture that blends Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, which is not found at all universities. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in both chemical engineering and materials science prepare students for a wide range of careers that span many industries including energy, biotechnology, medicine, microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, polymer science, and many others.

Tradition of excellence

With its roots going back to the late part of the 19th century, our department has a long history as a nationwide leader. Our prominent alumni include the inventor of the Post-it Note, the inventor of Gore-Tex, the inventor of gluebond sandpaper, many executives at 3M, the former director of the Global Climate and Energy Project, and professors who helped build chemical engineering programs at other leading universities.

Notable accomplishments of current faculty

Of the 16 total University of Minnesota presidents, two have been faculty members in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Five current faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering. Three faculty members are University of Minnesota Regents Professors.

World-class academics

The combination of chemical engineering and materials science in one department provides our students with unique educational opportunities for collaborations across disciplines. The curriculum for both programs incorporates a strong emphasis on advanced mathematics. In addition to rigorous courses and hands-on lab experiences, a large percentage of students conduct on-campus research or get experience in industry through internships or co-ops. Our current faculty includes more members of the National Academy of Engineering than any other department at the University of Minnesota. The Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (BChE) and Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (BMatSE) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cutting-edge research

Our faculty and student researchers are on the leading edge of breakthroughs in renewable energy sources, biomaterials, nanotechnology, eco-friendly materials, drug delivery systems for minimizing patient side effects, and much more.

Our research is focused in the following areas:

  • Biotechnology and bioengineering
  • Ceramics and metals
  • Coating processes and interfacial engineering
  • Crystal growth and design
  • Electronic, photonic, and magnetic materials
  • Polymers
  • Reaction engineering and chemical process synthesis
  • Theory and computation

Business and industry connections

Our department has long-standing ties to many major corporations such as 3M, General Mills, Cargill, and the Dow Chemical Company. Our researchers also receive significant funding from government organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

National Rankings

Our graduate programs consistently rank near the top of national rating scales.


Contact information

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
151 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-1313
Fax: 612-626-7246



At a glance

500 undergraduate students

220 graduate students

30 postdoctoral associates

33 faculty