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Chemical & biological engineering is the discipline that transforms raw materials such as coal, petroleum and plants into useful products through chemical and physical processes. Chemistry and biology serve as the foundation sciences of chemical & biomolecular engineering, whereas processing of chemical and biological materials is the heart of our profession. The research in our Department can be classified into five major areas:

Advanced Materials

Nanomaterials, graphene, 2D materials, zeolites, novel polymers, polymer composites, DNA self-assembly process, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ cereamic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process.

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Bioengineering

Molecular-level design and engineering of nature-derived and artificial materials for regenerative medicine, drug deliveries and therapeutics, novel biosensing/bioimaging strategies and diagnostic platform for point of care, synthetic and systems biology, omics technology and bioinformatics.

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Energy Technologies

Energy storage and conversion technologies including fuel cells, advanced batteries, solar cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors. Main research activities include optimization of energy systems, development of advanced materials and critical components, understanding reaction mechanisms, and modelling/ simulation.

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Environmental Engineering

Air pollution formation and abatement, deodorization of indoor air, catalytic and advanced oxidation, electrocoagulation and electrooxidation, advanced methods for wastewater treatment, hazardous wastes and micro-contamination, waste minimization and cleaner technologies.

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Product and Process Systems Engineering

Modelling, monitoring, design, control and optimization of chemical products and processes with applications in chemical, energy, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries; Batch and continuous manufacturing systems; Molecular systems and micro/nano-devices and processes; Big data and artificial intelligence to support smart manufacturing.

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