PhD in Chemical Engineering

Steer the future of chemical and biomolecular engineering breakthroughs in energy, advanced materials, biological engineering and more.

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Degree: PhD
Major: Chemical Engineering

A PhD in chemical engineering will allow you to contribute more deeply to the impact of engineering on society. You will push the frontiers of science and help develop the technologies that will solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges in energy, materials, the environment, human health and more. With the most advanced degree in chemical engineering, you will have a wide range of high-level career opportunities in which you can be the decision maker.

Full financial support packages (tuition and stipend) are available for our PhD program, which has three components: research, technical coursework and professional development. At Case Western Reserve, you’ll get the chance to conduct your research alongside field-leading faculty mentors who are making boundary-busting discoveries—from developing advanced biosensors to inventing new and more efficient ways to produce ammonia to pioneering a more effective way to scrub carbon dioxide from the air on outer space missions. Meet our faculty and explore their breakthroughs in the making. You’ll build your own research portfolio and get the chance to publish your work in peer-reviewed journals and present at national conferences, with all of this work culminating in your PhD dissertation.

Technical coursework provides the fundamentals that serve as the groundwork for research, and includes courses in chemical engineering and other fields of science and engineering. The professional development component includes professional communication, a seminar series featuring speakers from other universities and industry, and teaching experience in undergraduate courses.

You’ll thrive in our strong, collaborative environment, where research groups push outside traditional silos to interact with one another on interdisciplinary projects. Our department is also an ideal size—large enough to provide state-of-the-art resources and a wealth of opportunities, and yet small enough to cultivate close ties with your peers, fellow researchers and mentors. You’ll also have ready access to cutting-edge research centers, like the Center for Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage, our DOE Energy Frontier Research Center dedicated to developing new battery chemistries to provide storage solutions for tomorrow’s power grid, and the Great Lakes Energy Institute. And you’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s best hospitals: Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

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