Chemical Engineering

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The Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Toledo offers a

  • BS in Chemical Engineering,
  • MS in Chemical Engineering, and
  • PhD in Engineering.

On these pages you will find additional information about our educational and research programs.

The latest accomplishments of our students, alumni, and staff are highlighted in the Department News column.

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The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

News & Events
Profs. Kim and Seo Awarded Patent 
October 3, 2017
Professors Kim and Seo received patent #9,675,717 for the development of an "Electromagnetic polymer composite material for anti-fouling effect". Congratulations! 
Luke Gorbett Named Honors Student of the Week 
September 14, 2017 
Chemical Engineering Sophomore Honors student Luke Gorbett was named Honors Student of the Week. Read more about Luke here.
Professor Viamajala Leads Team in Algae Research 
September 8, 2017
Professor Viamajala received an award from the US Department of Energy to develop cultivation methods for microalgae in high-salinity/alkalinity environments. He will lead a team of researchers from the University of Toledo, Montana State University, and the University of North Carolina. Congratulations Professor Viamajala. 
Professor Ponnaiyan Recognized 
September 4, 2017
Professor Ponnaiyan received the best poster award for his presentation on Project Based Science (PBS) at the ASEE Summer School for chemical engineering faculty. His work will be featured in Chemical Engineering Education, the premier archival journal for chemical engineering educators. Congratulations Professor Ponnaiyan!
Professor Lapitsky Receives Award 
September 4, 2017
Professor Lapitsky is the recipient of a National Science Foundation PFI Award to develop underwater sealants. He will work with Professors Seo and Liberatore on the project. Congratulations Professor Lapitsky!
Professor Liberatore Receives Three Awards 
September 4, 2017
Professor Liberatore is the recipient of three awards including: 1) a contract from the US Army Contracting Command -APG-RTP Division to support his work in the fuel cell membrane area, 2) a National Science Foundation award for integration of You Tube videos in the classroom, and 3) a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. Congratulations Professor Liberatore! 
Dasari Named Vice-President and Treasurer of The Andersons, Inc. 
August 31, 2017 reports that Srikanth Dasari (MS 1995) is the new Vice-President and Treasurer of The Andersons, Inc. He will provide leadership in finance functions and risk management. Congratulations Srikanth!
Students Receive AIChE Awards 
August 31, 2017
Two undergraduate students have received AIChE awards. Joshua Steiner received the 2016-2017 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award and Gerrett Ellett received the 2016-2017 Freshman Recognition Award. Both awards include free registration at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting and $50 for meeting travel expenses.
Doctoral Graduates May 2017 
May 15, 2017
The department saw three doctoral students receive their degrees this past weekend. Congratulations Drs. Cai, De Silva, and Miranda!
CHEE Student Advocates for Clean Water 
May 4, 2017
The work of sophomore Megan Davidson to promote clean water globally was featured in the UT News. She visited multiple schools during spring 2017 and hosted a group on campus from the Natural Science and Technology Center, a Toledo Public Schools Career Tech Program. 
Dr. Susan Abu-Absi 2017 Outstanding Department Alumna 
April 7, 2017
Congratulations to the Chemical Engineering Department Outstanding Alumna for 2017 Dr. Susan Abu-Absi! We wish the weather had cooperated and allowed her to attend the celebration we held Friday April 7. A rain check has been issued! 
El Salvador Spring Break Trip 
March 20, 2017
16 students volunteered their spring break to travel to El Salvador where they inspected and installed water treatment systems in schools and health clinics. This amazing group who gave so freely to help increase access to clean water included: Emily Briese, Olivia Calder, Megan Davidson, Gerrett Ellett, Alison Haas, Logan Harmann, Lelia Kerschbaum, Ashley Lazette-Horn, Stacey Nuveman, Kayla Piezer, Ahana Rahman, Dan Reichenbach, Alex Ruhe, Grant Rutledge, Connor Shank, and Lisa Young. Please visit the department Facebook page (Click here) to learn more. 

Patent issued for Bio-Based Monomer 
Feburary 16, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Coleman for receipt of US Patent 9,527,952 entitled "Amorphous Polyester from Bio-Based Bis-Furan Assembly" along with her chemistry colleague


FEBRUARY 16, 2017 

Congratulations to Professors Yamamoto, Viamajala, Varanasi and students Ajith Mudiyanselage and Pramod Poudel for receipt of US Patent 9,562,210 entitled "Methods for Production of Fatty Acid Alkanolamides (FAAAS) from Microalgae Biomass"! 
FEBRUARY 16, 2017 

Congratulations to Professors Lapitsky, Seo, and their student Kristopher Richardson for receipt of US Patent 9,560,849 entitled "Antibacterial Surfactant/Microgel Formulations, Methods of Making and Methods of Using the Same"! 


JANUARY 6, 2017 

Professor Dong-Shik Kim has received an award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He will work with Dr. Mauri Kostiainen of Aalto University in Finland on the interaction of enzymes with biomacromolecules. Congratulations Dr. Kim! 

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 

Yaser Shirazi took 3rd place in the Sustainability Poster session at the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting. The judges were impressed with his research and presentation. Congratulations Yaser! 

OCTOBER 31, 2016 

Congratulations to Mohammadmatin Hanifzadeh who won the "Young Researcher Poster Competition" at the 2016 Algae Biomass Summit (10/23 to 10/26 in Phoenix, AZ). The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world that brings together scientists, technology developers, industry and venture capitalists. 

OCTOBER 12, 2016 

The School of Green Chemistry and Engineering (SGCE) partnered with the US EPA, the Ohio EPA, and Spartan Chemical to host a nationally distributed webinar on Green Chemistry, Safer Choices on October 12 which included a short presentation on the new Professional Science Masters program in Green Chemistry and Engineering at UT. 


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Last Updated: 5/21/18