Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers programs of graduate study leading to both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, with the primary emphasis on the latter.
At Rice, the PhD is primarily a research degree. Graduate education is aimed at developing each student's ability to conduct independent creative scientific research. Our graduate curriculum provides a sound understanding of engineering fundamentals so that our students are versatile, a mastery of engineering tools so that our students are productive, and clear goals of professional development so that our students are successful.
Our graduate program is large enough to offer research topics in several important areas of chemical engineering and related fields, but small enough to retain an atmosphere where student and faculty can have extensive personal contact. In addition, interdisciplinary research projects provide ample opportunities for students to interact with researchers from other disciplines, especially through the interdisciplinary institutes.
For more information, please visit the The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering website and download the graduate studies brochure .
Areas of Research
- Advanced materials and complex fluids
- Biosystems engineering
- Energy and environmental systems
Starting with its involvement in the emerging petrochemical industry in the 1920s and continuing with its pioneering work on artificial heart devices in the 1960s, the department has a long history of tackling problems and expanding chemical engineering to new areas.
Master of Chemical Engineering
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Data
Rice Graduate Student Data
Professor Kyriacos Zygourakis, Chair
Location: B216 Abercrombie Lab
Areas of interest: Thermodynamics and phase equilibria, chemical kinetics and catalysis, optimization, stability and process control, theology and fluid mechanics, polymer science, biomedical engineering, enhanced oil, recovery and cleanup of ground-water aquifers, biochemical reactor engineering