Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. A non-thesis professional master's degree (M.Ch.E.) involving course work only is also offered. The first year thesis degree program is flexible and allows entering students the time to develop a sound base in advanced areas of chemical and biomolecular engineering and to fully investigate the research interests of the faculty. A large portion of the formal course work leading to hte is completed during the first year. Ph.D. students entering Rice with a bachelor's degree must take at least 24 semester hours of advanced courses. Courses are offered in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, mathematics and reaction engineering are required and provide excellent preparation for research and the qualifying examinations. Additional course selections are based on a student's preferences and previous educational background.    

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 and graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Chemical Engineering
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

Areas of Interest

Catalysis and nanotechnology, thermodynamics and phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena, colloids, microemulsions, rheology and fluid mechanics, biosystems engineering, biocatalysis and metabolic engineering, cell population heterogeneity and biological pattern formation, cellular and tissue engineering, energy and sustainability, gas hydrates, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir characterization, and pollution control

Contact Information

Professor Michael Wong, Chair
Location: B216 and B218 Abercrombie Lab
Phone: 713-348-4902
Fax: 713-348-5478