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Chemical Engineering at Tufts University was established in 1901 and the first Bachelor of Science degree was awarded in 1905, making Tufts one of the first five colleges in the United States to develop a chemical engineering curriculum. In 2000, Tufts became the first chemical engineering department in the nation to recognize the evolving interdisciplinary nature of the field by integrating biological engineering into its curriculum.
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Research Areas

Materials for Energy and Sustainability

Cell and Biomolecular Engineering

Systems and Process Modeling

Department Highlights

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin
received an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to engineer novel membranes with new capabilities by designing polymers that self-assemble to form nanostructures. Membrane filtration is energy efficient, simple, scalable, and a key technology for generating clean, safe water and for preventing water pollution. Asatekin's research focuses on controlling the pore size of a novel family of membranes with high flux, exceptional fouling resistance, and sharp size-based selectivity, prepared by coating zwitterion-containing amphiphilic copolymers on porous supports.

Alumni Notables

ChBE alumnus Stephen Jaffe is the recipient of the Department's 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Read more >

Recent News

Women in nanotechnology

Battery advances

A BioBoom for women

A new sensor for volatile gases

Tufts research featured in NSF video

Tufts researchers part of team studying liver inflammation

Understanding transport processes

Williams co-leads new course in design

Nair and Gopinarayanan create new genetically modified yeast

A method for manufacturing membranes

Methane conversion research recognized

Advances in membrane filters

Engineers Week comes to Tufts, February 18-24, 2018

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Degree Programs

B.S. in Chemical Engineering
M.S. in Chemical Engineering
M.S. in Bioengineering: Cell and Bioprocess Engineering
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. in Biotechnology
Joint-Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
Certificate in Biotechnology

Student Notables

Rising junior named 2018 Summer Scholar

Student and student groups receive Graduate Awards

Tufts senior to work for MLB

Tufts team wins MIT Clean Energy Prize

Tufts student on winning track team

Tufts alums and students win at $100k New Ventures Competition

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