Chemical Engineering

Focus areas for chemical engineers include energy production, catalysis, metabolic and cell engineering, nanomaterials and biomaterials, and systems engineering.

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Medford, MA 02155
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Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)

The research programs underlying the Chemical and Biological Engineering doctoral programs fall into three broad categories:

  • Materials for Energy and Sustainability
  • Cell and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Systems and Process Modeling

Graduate students will gain advanced study in mathematical methods in chemical engineering, chemical and catalytic reaction engineering, thermodynamics and transport phenomena. 

Biotechnology Engineering (Ph.D.)

The Biotechnology Engineering doctoral program is designed for students with undergraduate backgrounds in chemical, biochemical, or related engineering disciplines who are looking for additional expertise in molecular biology, cellular metabolism, catalytic reaction engineering, protein purification, and cell and microbe cultivation.

Chemical Engineering (M.S.)

Graduate students enrolled in the Chemical and Biological Engineering master’s programs have the option of a master of science degree with or without a thesis. With small classes and cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research led by innovative faculty, Tufts’ Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is the ideal place to pursue your path. 

Research areas include:

  • Green energy and nanostructured electronics
  • Smart polymers, membranes, and separations
  • Tissue and metabolic engineering
  • Nanobiofabrication
  • Industrial processes
  • Thermodynamics
  • Complex kinetics

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Bioengineering (M.S.)

The Cell and Bioprocess Engineering track in the Bioengineering Master’s program looks at bioprocess design and optimization with emphasis on molecular and cellular processes. The core subject areas integrate applied biology, chemical reaction engineering and systems analysis. Topics include enzyme and pathway engineering; fermentation and bioreactors; and cellular systems modeling and analysis.

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Dual Degree Master's Program (with Tufts Gordon Institute)

Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with the Dual Degree Master's Program. You’ll earn two degrees: an M.S. offered by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and an M.S. Innovation & Management (MSIM). You earn both degrees in an accelerated time frame (as little as two years) and at a reduced cost. Contact for more information.


Ayse Asatekin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clean water, membranes, polymer science, separations, surface chemistry
Prashant Deshlahra - Assistant Professor
Prashant Deshlahra
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Notre Dame
Experimental and Computational Catalysis
Nathaniel Eagan
Nathaniel Eagan
Assistant Professor
PhD , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catalysis, Clean Energy, Fuels and Chemicals, Biomass Conversion
Kyongbum Lee
Dean Ad Interim and Karol Family Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Metabolic Engineering
Derek Mess - Professor of the Practice
Derek Mess
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC); Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Ceramics
Nikhil U. Nair
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Illinois
Synthetic Biology, Systems Bioengineering, Protein Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, Biofuels, Biocatalysis
Matthew J. Panzer
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Sustainable Energy, Soft Electronics, Green Technologies
Daniel F. Ryder
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Process Control
James Van Deventer - Assistant Professor
James Van Deventer
Bright Futures Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , California Institute of Technology
Protein engineering, non-canonical amino acids, cancer, directed evolution, yeast display
Hyunmin Yi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Maryland
Nanobiofabrication, Smart Biopolymers, BioMEMS

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Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of Bachelor or Master in chemical engineering. Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a strong foundation in physics and math are also encouraged to apply. Requirements include a basic knowledge of physics and calculus, particularly differential equations. Some exposure to transport phenomena (for example, fluid mechanics) is strongly recommended. Students who do not meet all requirements may be admitted into the program pending the successful completion of courses aimed at the fulfillment of the requirements. 

Applicants to the Ph.D. or M.S. in Chemical Engineering programs are generally expected to have earned a prior degree in Chemical Engineering. Applicants with degrees in closely related engineering disciplines (such as Materials Science and Engineering or Polymer Engineering) who already have a working knowledge of the core course content of this program (i.e., partial differential equations describing heat, mass, and momentum transfer processes, chemical kinetics/reactors and catalysis, chemical thermodynamics) are also encouraged to apply. Please note that applicants with degrees in Chemistry or Biochemistry are expected to have already completed coursework in ordinary/partial differential equations (at a minimum), and ideally heat/mass/momentum transport, as well. These courses should be clearly shown on the transcript(s) and must also be described in the applicant's personal statement.

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> GRE General Test scores are not required
Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores (if applicable)
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation
> Portfolio (optional)

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director.
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