Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering

Degrees offered

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UNM offers an MS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering with a Chemical Engineering concentration.

Research Areas

The department has a variety of established research programs in chemical, biological, and materials engineering. These include:

  • Nano- and Biomaterials Synthesis & Biomimetic
  • Microenginering Materials, Metamaterials
  • Complex Fluids, Soft Matter, Colloids, and Interfaces
  • Smart, Optoelectronics, and Photonic Materials
  • Materials & Interfaces with Energy Applications
  • Bioanalytical Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemistry, Fuel Cells, and Batteries
  • Energy Transport in Synthetic and Natural Biosystems

Research Facilities

Research facilities available to graduate students include:

  • Chemical Reactors (Berty, Packed Bed)
  • Autoscan-33 Mercury Porosimeter
  • Autosorb-1 Sorption Analyzer
  • Sedigraph Particle Sizer
  • ASAP2000 Sorption Analyzer (2)
  • VTI 100 High Pressure Absorption Analyzer
  • Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes
  • Chemisorption in-situ IR Spectroscpopy
  • UHV Chambers for Surface Science Experiments
  • Plasma Etching Equipment
  • Semiconductor Fabrication/Characterization Equipment
  • A Process Control Laboratory
  • Fossil Energy Characterization Instrumentation and a Scattering Facility, including 2 Rotating Anode Generators
  • 2 light scattering Set-ups
  • SpectraMax M5 and SpectraMax M2 Multi-Mode Microplate Readers
  • Lambda 35 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Agilent 1100 HPLC System
  • UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing – Students interested in computational projects will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities

Other equipment is available in the department for diffusion/absorption measurements, solar research, phase equilibria and biomedical research.

Graduate students also have access to resources available through our associated centers and affiliated research facilities.


Sarah E. Dominguez, Academic Advisor, Sr., 505 277.5606, Farris Engineering Center, Suite 1300
Dr. Sang Eon Han, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, 505 277.8670, Farris Engineering Center, Rm 1421