Faculty Research

Our department is a unique, vibrant research environment that encompasses interdisciplinary approaches to major questions in chemical, biological, and environmental engineering. Our work runs the gamut, from computational analyses to experimental in vitro and in vivo systems, and clinical studies and field work.

Three thematic areas characterize our faculty’s research:

Biomedical Engineering

At the intersection of chemical engineering and biology, on-going research includes biomaterials for neural tissue engineering, cell therapy and cell manufacturing, systems proteomic analyses of microbial function, novel biomaterials and platforms for hemostasis and drug delivery, and engineered platforms and systems biology applied to investigate and treat immune dysfunction in cancer and infectious disease.

Faculty:  Almodovar (new faculty Spring 2024)

Biochemical Engineering

Research in this area strives to engineer host cells to efficiently produce greater amounts of recombinant protein and cell-free systems to produce therapeutics automatically. Systems biology studies strive to understand gene regulatory networks using proteomic analysis and mathematical modelling.  In the traditional area of bioprocess engineering, research includes studies to improve chromatographic separations of recombinant protein and sensor development for a myriad of applications.

Faculty: Frey, MartenMoreiraRao

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers in the department are actively researching the fate and impact of pharmaceuticals in wastewater, analysis and remediation of toxic pollutants in soils and other environments, the processes governing atmospheric chemistry and aerosol pollution, advanced real-time modeling and monitoring of groundwater-surface water conditions, developing energy storage, energy conversion and material processes. 

Faculty: Blaney, Çapraz, GhoshHennigan, Josephson, ReedWelty

Sustainability: Water – Baltimore’s Urban Streams from NBC News Learn.

Learn more about Dr. Welty’s research


CBEE’s faculty explor the following research topics:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Aerosol Pollution
  • Aerosol Science
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Automated Reasoning
  • Batteries
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biocompatibility
  • Biocomplexity
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Catalysis
  • Cell Manufacturing
  • Cellular Engineering
  • Cellular Response to Dynamic Environments
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chromatographic Separations
  • Contaminant Bioavailability
  • Drug delivery
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy Storage
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Fermentation
  • Fluorescence-Based Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Groundwater Transport
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Microbial Cell Wall Synthesis
  • Microbial Responses to Real-Life Environments
  • Modeling Biological Systems
  • Molecular Imaging
  • Molecular Simulations of Adsorption
  • Nanofabrication and characterization
  • Nanomedicine
  • Neural Tissue Engineering
  • Oxygen Toxicity
  • Protein and Substrate Interactions
  • Protein Purification
  • Protemics and Genomics
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Regulatory/GMP Issues
  • Site Risk Assessment
  • Soil and Sediment Remediation
  • Solute and Microbial transport
  • Subsurface Hydrology
  • Sustainability, climate resilience
  • Systems Biology
  • Upstream Bioprocessing
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Quality
  • Water Resources Systems Analysis
  • Watershed Hydrology