• Adam Heller Awarded Torbern Bergman Medal in Analytical Chemistry

    The award honors Heller’s work on ground-breaking diabetes management products that have improved the quality of life of millions.
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  • Tower Lighting Honors Grant Willson

    The UT Tower was recently lit to honor ChE Professor Grant Willson for winning the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize.
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  • Raising A Future Scientist

    Professors Michael Baldea and Lydia Contreras launch a program to engage underrepresented middle schoolers in STEM education.
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  • Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

    The department’s graduate program maintained its No.6 spot in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, while the Cockrell School rose to No. 10.
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  • AIChE Retains E-Week Title

    For the second year in a row, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter has been crowned champions of Engineering Week.
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  • Peppas Elected to the Academy of Athens

    In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof. Peppas has been inducted to the Academy of Athens. He is one of three UT Austin professors to have ever received this honor.
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  • Seniors Start A Legacy

    Six seniors have each pledged $5,000 over five years to create a Senior Class Endowment that will fund undergraduate research opportunities and teaching incentives. They hope others give, too.
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Did you know?

  • The department generates $14.5 million in annual research funding
  • The department has a network of more than 6,000 alumni world-wide
  • The average starting salary for Ph.D. graduates is $95,423
  • The department has two Institute of Medicine members
  • The department has 30 graduate supervising faculty
  • Faculty have produced six successful start-up companies
  • Average starting salary for B.S. graduates is $72,800
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the McKetta graduate program No.6
  • The department has two National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates
  • Faculty have won 20 percent of major awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in recent years

    Meet our Faculty

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    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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