Department of

Chemical Engineering

Designing molecular technology for the 21st century with biology and chemistry


Chemical Engineering at Penn State

The Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University has a proud tradition of scholarship and teaching that began with Professor Merrell Fenske, the first Head of our Department and a pioneer in the technology of distillation.

Under the guidance of succeeding department heads, we continue to remain highly diversified in each of the major sub-disciplines of chemical engineering.


McWhirters' $10M gift to expand chemical engineering graduate program

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Chemical engineering alumnus John "Jack" McWhirter and his wife, Jeanette Dachille McWhirter, recently gave Penn State $10 million to support the graduate program in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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08/12/15
Chemical engineering announces majors night

Chemical engineering Majors Night will be held: Wednesday, September 30 5:45pm - 6:45pm in Fenkse 140




08/04/15
Penn State engineering professors cultivate creativity worldwide

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A group of Penn State chemical engineers are among a team of international researchers poised to develop self-assembling biomimetic membranes that may aid in water filtration.

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08/03/15
Self-assembling, biomimetic membranes may aid water filtration

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A group of Penn State chemical engineers are among a team of international researchers poised to develop self-assembling biomimetic membranes that may aid in water filtration.

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07/23/15
Janik Receives Two NSF Grants for Computational Catalyst Design

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Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering and John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professor in the College of Engineering, has been awarded two independent research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling over $478,000.

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07/20/15
Stanley Chan awarded 2015 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship

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Stanley Chan has been awarded a 2015 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.

 

Scholarships are awarded annually and are assigned on the basis of academic merit, program of study, and an identified desire to lead the advancement of scientific knowledge by technology.


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07/1/15
Janna Maranas awarded Department of Energy grant to power electric vehicles

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Janna Maranas, professor of chemical engineering, has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Department of Energy for her research proposal “Superionic conduction using ion aggregates.”


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06/12/15
Li awarded AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award

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Ying Li, a chemical engineering graduate student, has been awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award.

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06/9/15
Researchers study inexpensive process to clean water in developing nations

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A group of Penn State researchers study the effects of the Moringa oleifera tree in water purification among developing countries.

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06/4/15
Milner named Radcliffe Institute Fellow

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Scott Milner, William H. Joyce Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2015-16 academic year.

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05/12/15
NSF grants nearly $3 million to train graduate STEM students

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A curriculum in density-functional theory (DFT) for graduate students in STEM fields is the goal of a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $3 million over five years awarded to a team of Penn State faculty.

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05/11/15
Gomez and Janik receive faculty promotions

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The department of chemical engineering is pleased to announce the promotion Enrique Gomez and Michael Janik effective immediately.

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05/05/15
Dow Chemical strengthens relationship with Penn State Chemical Engineering

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Delegates from The Dow Chemical Company visited Penn State Chemical Engineering on April 16, with a goal to further their long-standing collaborative relationship.

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05/04/15
Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering to Open a New Facility in 2019

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The chemical engineering and biomedical engineering departments will open the doors of a new facility in 2019, where the two departments will become co-located on the current site of Fenske Laboratory. Read More




Contact Information


  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • 158 Fenske Laboratory
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, PA 16802-4400