Research at UD

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) are consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation.  The Department currently has 29 full-time faculty on campus and many part-time faculty, including adjunct faculty from DuPont, Gore and other local companies.  Our research program is vigorous and currently hosts approximately 150 graduate students in the Ph.D. program and 30 postdoctoral researchers and fellows. The Department is housed in the Allan P. Colburn Laboratory on the main campus, home to our two major research centers: the Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET) and the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (CCST), along with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Delaware Technology Park. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) building is home to the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI). 

Material Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is located in DuPont Hall.  Faculty research in MSE includes polymers and composites, biomolecular and biomedical materials, nanostructured materials, tissue engineering and drug delivery, and materials for energy generation and storage. Several NSF-REU faculty share dual appointments in CBE and MSE.

Laboratory Equipment and Other Resources

The University of Delaware faculty maintain state-of-the-art equipment and labs for a wide range of synthesis and characterization programs. Special on-campus strengths are in peptide synthesis, polymer synthesis, rheology, microscopy and scattering. These resources are frequently shared between research groups. Many of the NSF-REU site faculty work closely with staff at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and some REU students are expected to have the opportunity to perform neutron scattering experiments. The University of Delaware facilities include office space to provide NSF-REU students with their own desk for the summer in their research group offices. Computing facilities in each group typically include at least one desktop or laptop computer per student and are more than sufficient to provide resources for data processing, analysis and reporting. In addition, NSF-REU students will have access to ISE Lab which includes nanofabrication clean rooms, advanced materials characterization labs, imaging and aberration corrected electron microscopy facilities, and a synthesis suite. 

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