CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

Program Administration


The program is administered by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  The courses are taught by department faculty, including Professors of Practice with many years of industrial experience working in particle technology. 

Program Directors

R. Bertrum Diemer

Retired as a DuPont Engineering Fellow in 2014 after a forty-year career primarily spent as a corporate authority in the fields of reaction engineering, thermochemistry, population balance modeling and flame aerosol synthesis. This expertise is built on early assignments in consulting, manufacturing, process development, and technical supervision. He holds thirteen U.S. Patents, is the author of thirteen refereed journal articles, and was the recipient of five DuPont Corporate Awards for advances in titania, phosgene, and insecticide manufacture, and for development of thermochemistry tools. He was named a 1997 ACS Hero of Chemistry for his work on a DuPont team that commercialized a new, lower cost, more environmentally friendly phosgene synthesis catalyst. He holds a BSChE from Lehigh University, and both the MChE and PhD degrees from University of Delaware. He is a Delaware-licensed.P.E.

James N. Michaels

Worked at Merck & Co. for twenty-one years, retiring in 2014 as Scientific Associate Vice President. He established and directed an industry leading center of excellence in materials science and particle technology. This department supported all product sectors, including small molecules, vaccines and biologics, sterile products, consumer care, and animal health. In addition, he has had a 20-year association with the International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI), serving for ten years as its Technical Chair and more recently as Vice President, Industry-Academia Liaison. He holds nine U.S. Patents, is the author of fifty publications, and was the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in chemical engineering, a diploma from Imperial College, University of London, and a Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemical engineering.

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