Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of California, Berkeley


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) provides the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain a thorough fundamental knowledge of all fields in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

In broad terms, research conducted in the department can be divided into the following areas: catalysis and reaction engineering; electrochemical engineering; polymers and complex fluids; microsystems technology and microelectrics; molecular simulations and theory; interfacial engineering; biochemical and bioprocess engineering; biomedical engineering; and synthetic biology.

Undergraduate Programs

Chemical Engineering: BS, Minor
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major offered in cooperation with the College of Engineering)
Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering: BS (Joint Major offered in cooperation with the College of Engineering)

Graduate Programs

Bioprocess Engineering: MS
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: MS Professional Masters (Product Development Program), MS and PhD

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Faculty and Instructors


Keith Alexander, Adjunct Professor. New Product Development, Technology Commercialization.

Nitash P. Balsara, Professor. Chemical engineering, synthesis and characterization of soft microstructured polymer materials, nucleation, neutron scattering, depolarized light scattering.
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Alexis T. Bell, Professor. Understanding the fundamental relationships between the structure and composition of heterogeneous catalysts and their performance .
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Elton J. Cairns, Professor. Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
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Carlo Carraro, Adjunct Professor.

Douglas S. Clark, Professor. Biochemical engineering and biocatalysis.
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David B. Graves, Professor. Plasma processing and electronic materials.
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Teresa Head-Gordon, Professor. Computational chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, biomolecules, materials, computational science.
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Enrique Iglesia, Professor. Chemical engineering, catalytic materials, heterogeneous catalysis, chemical reaction engineering, methane and biomass coversion processes, refining processes, hydrogen generation, alkane activation deoxygenatiion and desulfurization catalysis, zeolites.
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Alexander Katz, Assistant Professor. Chemical engineering, nanoengineering, catalytic imprinted silicas, catalysts in biological systems, catalysis, chemical sensing.
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Jay Keasling, Professor. Microorganism metabolic engineering for environmentally friendly product .
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Sanjay Kumar, Professor. Biomaterials, molecular and cellular bioengineering, stem cells, cancer biology, translational medicine.
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Markita Landry, Assistant Professor. Nanomaterials, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, biophysics.
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Jeffrey R. Long, Professor. Inorganic and solid state chemistry, synthesis of inorganic clusters and solids, controlling structure, tailoring physical properties, intermetal bridges, high-spin metal-cyanide clusters, magnetic bistability.
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Roya Maboudian, Professor. Surface and interfacial science and engineering, thin-film science and technology, micro-/nano-systems technology, harsh-environment sensors, silicon carbide, biologically-inspired materials synthesis.
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Brian Maiorella, Adjunct Professor.

Kranthi K. Mandadapu, Assistant Professor. Statistical Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics — Polycrystalline Materials, Biological Membranes, Bacterial Motility.
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Bryan D. McCloskey, Assistant Professor. Electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, molecular and ionic transport through polymers .
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Ali Mesbah, Assistant Professor. Process Systems and Control.
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Susan J. Muller, Professor. Chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, Rheology, complex fluids, microfabrication processes, Genetic Engineering of Protein Polymers, Finite Element Modeling of Bubbles, Stress Fluids, Taylor-Couette instabilities.
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John M. Prausnitz, Professor. Molecular thermodynamics of phase equilibria.
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* Clayton J. Radke, Professor. Surface and colloid science technology.
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* Jeffrey A. Reimer, Professor. Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy, nuclear spintronics.
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David Schaffer, Professor. Neuroscience, biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, stem cell biology, gene therapy.
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Karthik Shekhar, Assistant Professor. Cellular and systems biology, statistical inference, single-cell genomics.
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Berend Smit, Professor. Molecular simulations, multi-scale modeling, catalysts, soft-condensed matter, biological membranes, clays.
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Rui Wang, Assistant Professor. Theoretical Polymer and Soft Materials, Electrostatics at Interfaces, Structure and Dynamics of Ion-Containing Polymers, Complex Polymer Networks towards the Design of Smart Materials.
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Wenjun Zhang, Assistant Professor. Natural product biosynthesis and engineering for health and bioenergy applications.
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Negar Beheshti, Lecturer.

Dean C. Draemel, Lecturer.

Sudhir Joshi, Lecturer.

Jason Ryder, Lecturer.

Gregory R. Schoofs, Lecturer.

Steve Sciamanna, Lecturer.

George Tyson, Lecturer.

Marjorie Went, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Harvey W. Blanch, Professor Emeritus. Biochemical Engineering.
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Morton Denn, Professor Emeritus.

Jean M. J. Frechet, Professor Emeritus. Materials chemistry, catalysis, drug delivery, analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, polymer science, macromolecules, chiral recognition, control of molecular architecture at the nanometer scale, reactive surfaces.
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Simon Goren, Professor Emeritus.

C. Judson King, Professor Emeritus. Separation processes, spray drying, and higher education.
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Scott Lynn, Professor Emeritus.

John S. Newman, Professor Emeritus. Chemical engineering, electrochemical systems, lithium batteries, industrial electrochemical processes, methanol fuel cells.
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* Michael C. Williams, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

201 Gilman Hall

Phone: 510-642-2291

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Department Chair

Jeffrey Reimer, PhD

Phone: 510-643-3951

Director Undergraduate Education

Susan Muller

Phone: 510-642-4525

Vice Chair for Graduate Education

Nitash Balsara, PhD

Phone: 510-642-8973

Head, Graduate Admissions

Ali Mesbah

Phone: 510-642-7998

Graduate Advisor

Carlet Altamirano

Phone: 510-642-1533

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