Chemical Engineering

Research Opportunities


The Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University offers a world of outstanding opportunities in cutting-edge research projects for students interested in becoming well balanced researchers and innovators of the future technology needed to address our societal needs.  Faculty interests and backgrounds and the Grand Challenges set by the USA National Academy of Engineering together bring an exciting combination of opportunities for graduate level work.

Key areas of research focus on the following four independent but complementary areas:

  • Electric Field-based Processes and Systems
  • Nanoscale-based Engineered Materials and Systems
  • Biological-based Processes and Systems
  • Computational Mathematics and Modeling


Details about these research areas can be found in the faculty pages or by contacting the faculty directly. For students interested in Engineering Education, the Department also offers outstanding opportunities to be involved in topics that should be beneficial for a future academic career.

With an increasing emphasis on Doctoral Research, the Department offers both an MS in Chemical Engineering and a  PhD Degree. The Engineering Doctoral program at TTU is unique, offering an interdisciplinary environment where students choose an emphasis areas such as chemical engineering to address problems and issues that cut across all of the engineering disciplines. This characteristic makes the degree highly useful within changing markets where there is an increasing need for interdisciplinary work. Graduates of this program have been highly successful in finding exciting opportunities in leading technological companies and have won very prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation and from the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, AIChE, just to name a few.

Our efforts are closely conducted in collaboration with researchers from the three Centers of Excellence at Tennessee Technological University (the Center for Manufacturing Research, the Center for Energy Systems Research, and the Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources) as well as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and universities such as Michigan, Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Florida State, among others. The Department also has collaboration with international centers and universities including Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico); Catolica del Norte (Chile), Arturo Prat (Chile), Universidad Nacional Mayor de los Andes (Peru) and Universidad Nacional de Salta (Argentina).