Chemical and Materials Engineering
Chemical engineers and materials scientists use some of the world's smallest substances to tackle our biggest problems. From creating cleaner fuels to developing new materials that can be used in applications from aerospace to health care, chemical engineers and materials scientists use their knowledge of chemical processes and atomic structure to improve our world.
The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering gives students the opportunity to work with teaching- and research-focused faculty in a department that offers personalized attention and a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education.
The department's degree programs combine classroom instruction and laboratory training to offer students a nationally competitive education as well as the opportunity to gain research experience. Undergraduates can collaborate with faculty on research projects, providing them opportunities to learn about experimental design, laboratory protocol and the latest research in the field.
Our graduate students work closely with faculty on research projects, building their experience and developing independent research projects.
The department conducts internationally recognized, cutting-edge fundamental and applied research that attracts external funding from all levels of government as well as industry partners.
Faculty research focuses on three broad areas: sustainable energy, materials processing and biotechnology. Recent research has focused on creating biofuels from waste materials such as coffee grounds or waste-water sludge; developing a new, environmentally friendly coating for aluminum that can replace a carcinogenic coating in aerospace applications; and exploring how lighter and stronger materials could be used to make cars more fuel efficient.
For more information on faculty research interests, please visit the faculty listings.
Department Chair: Jeff LaCombe, firstname.lastname@example.org, (775) 327-2227
Graduate Program Director: Hongfei Lin, email@example.com (CHE), Dev Chidambaram, firstname.lastname@example.org (MSE)
Department phone: (775) 784-6771
Department fax: (775) 327-5059
Laxalt Mineral Research (LMR) Room 474
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, M/S 388
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557