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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.

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...

Student at Design DayEngineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 78 seniors from the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering – inte​nd to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the ap...

Photo of professor Kim OgdenAn interdisciplinary team of researchers led by professor of chemical and environmental engineering Kimberly Ogden is developing new uses for algae, from food to fuel.

Experts predict there will be around nine billion people on the earth by 2025. Ogden believes algae holds the key to providing an environmentally sustainable response to such growth. 

As director of the University of Arizona's Institute for Energy Solutions, she is working with UA students and faculty to analyze the green goods. To make fuel, for example, they extract the fatty, oily parts from the algae and turn them into something very similar to kerosene.

"My passion for working on problems to...

In the new student spotlight series for CHEE's Engineered for Success alumni newsletter, the department profiles members of its active, engaged and high-achieving student body. In December we introduced three incredible undergraduates. CHEE Graduate Student, Margarita Acedo, in the lab

This semester, meet Margarita Acedo, a doctoral student who works with professor Kimberly Ogden.

Acedo found her inspiration for learning watching her mother raise three children – including a newborn – while finishing her high school degree.

Now Margarita is juggling an impressive set of responsibilities herself: pursuing a PhD, conducting research on both alternative energy and inclusive learning at the graduate level, and acting as co-project manager for the UA chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

"I started to work with biofuels when I was studying my undergraduate in Mexico," she said. "When I came here I really wanted to keep working in that field because...

Kasi Kiehlbaugh, CHEE lecturer

Kasi Kiehlbaugh, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, won the University of Arizona's Undergraduate STEM Education Teaching Excellence Award for spring 2017.

She was one of seven University of Arizona faculty members recognized for exceptional teaching, research and mentoring at the Awards of Distinction ceremony on March 22.

Kiehlbaugh recently collaborated with University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers to teach the Elements of Chemical Engineering II course in a collaborative learning space, coming up with course plans and teaching strategies based on each other's strengths.

Anthony MuscatCHEE department chair Anthony Muscat has received one of seven 2017 Asset Development awards from Tech Launch Arizona.

He will use the funds to scale a novel process for metallic coating and circuit masking using nanoparticles. 

His team previously received one of TLA's first I-Corps grants in 2016.


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