• Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

    Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

    Chris Ellison’s research group has created a new flame retardant made of polydopamine, a naturally derived and nontoxic chemical, which can be used as a highly effective, water-applied flame retardant.
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  • “A Grand Scale” Trailer Release

    “A Grand Scale” Trailer Release

    We've released a sneak peek of the department's official centennial documentary. Watch it here.
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  • A Teacher’s Teacher in Engineering Education

    A Teacher’s Teacher in Engineering Education

    Reflect on the career of Professor Emeritus Jim Stice, who created and directed the Bureau of Engineering Teaching, believed to be the first engineering teaching and learning center.
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  • Celebrating Our Centennial

    Celebrating Our Centennial

    Join us as we celebrate the department’s impact over the past century and look at how we are leading world-changing engineering education and research for the future.
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Did you know?

  • In the past 5 years, faculty have been issued 84 patents across 35 unique technologies
  • The department generates $20 million in annual research funding
  • Our faculty publish an average of 250 papers per year
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks our undergraduate program No. 4 in the nation
  • The department has a network of more than 6,500 alumni world-wide
  • The department has 30 graduate supervising faculty
  • The department has approximately 190 graduate students
  • The department has two Institute of Medicine members
  • Our students received more National Science Foundation Fellowships than any other ChE department for 2013 and 2014
  • The department has two National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

    Meet our Faculty

    John Ekerdt

    Associate Dean for Research & Professor Ekerdt works in Advanced Materials; Energy; Microelectronics; Surface & Interface Science with specific interests in Electronic materials chemistry; Thin film growth kinetics and chemistry; Barrier materials; Biomass conversion kinetics and chemistry.

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