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Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Building, which houses the department of chemical and environmental engineering

We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in both chemical and environmental engineering. Our programs are large enough to attract recruiters from a variety of industries, including consulting firms, government, manufacturing, petroleum, semiconductors and utilities – but small enough for individual attention. We encourage our undergraduates to become involved in research projects funded by industry, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and other organizations.

CHEE graduate students Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira made waves in environmental engineering research this spring, earning several scholarships for their hard work.

Kadoya, a master's degree student who begins doctoral studies with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra in the fall, excelled in the AZ Water Conference student poster competition for the second year in a row. His second-place poster, "Anaerobic Coupling Reactions between Reduced Intermediates of 2,4-Dinitroanisole," was a collaborative effort with two other UA departments and a local high school student. 

Other accolades Kadoya has recently accrued include the 2016 Eckenfelder Scholarship from Brown and Caldwell and a 2017 SAEMS Scholarship from the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society. 

Camila Madeira, a PhD s...

CHEE student Joshua MahlEach year, the UA College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. Congratulations to 2017 da Vinci Scholar Joshua Malzahn, a chemical engineering major.

The da Vinci scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle, a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.

Abdullah AleidanGraduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan – the first recipient of CHEE's new environmental engineering bachelor's degree – will be honored at this year's UA Commencement ceremony with the Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the University's highest achievements for an undergraduate student.

The Nugent Award recognizes students whose records of accomplishments exemplify the ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, a former UA executive vice president. It is one of four awards presented at Commencement each year.

Originally from Kuwait, Aleidan overcame language and cultural barriers to become an accomplished researcher and member of several student organizations. He is the first Kuwaiti to graduate with dual UA bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering and dual minors in mathematics and chemistry.

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Portrait of CHEE professor Shane SnyderTurning wastewater into drinking water can be a hard sell for consumers unsure of how much waste might remain when that water returns to their tap.

Working with partners as far away as Australia, CHEE professor Shane Snyder and WEST Center co-director Ian Pepper recently completed a study to evaluate an online, real-time sensor's ability to ensure that the advanced treatment of reclaimed water eliminates chemical and microbial contaminants.

The study was funded by the U.S.-based Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the Pentair Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. It included initial evaluations at the Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant in Australia and the Tucson Water Sweetwater Recharge Infiltratio...

CHEE Senior Christina Morrison in the labIn space, water is too precious to waste on laundry. But extra clothes means extra weight – another big issue on the International Space Station.

Christina Morrison may have discovered a way for astronauts to launder without squander. The chemical engineering senior has been testing the application of silver and hydrogen peroxide – both known germ-fighters – on textiles, specifically socks.

Her research is funded by a NASA Space Grant.

The MetOxs team accepts their I-Squared awardOn April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.

This year's event showcased eight UA startups, including MetOxs Solutions, which was honored as 2017 Startup of the Year. 

MetOxs' flagship process is a toxin-free method of extracting copper metal from raw ore using high-temperature molten salts, developed by CHEE research professor Dominic Gervasio and former CHEE research specialist Hassan Elsentriecy.

This is Gervasio's second I-Squared Award in a row; in 2016, he received the...


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