Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (90 cr)
  • MS in Chemical Engineering (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III)
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Chemical Reaction Kinetics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Polymers
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomena

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Gustavo Larsen

Campus Address
207 Othmer Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0643

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Letter of intent
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • For Financial Consideration: January 15 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers research and instruction leading to a master's degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in engineering with a specialization in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

The chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty are actively involved in research related to biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, polymers, composite materials, catalysis, and solid phase reactions. Graduate coursework is offered in the advanced fundamentals of applied mathematics, chemical reaction kinetics, numerical methods, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, biomolecular engineering, and polymers.

The scope of chemical and biomolecular engineering work is far-reaching. Engineers are involved in a range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, environmental health, and biotechnology. Graduates are among the highest paid within engineering disciplines.

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Faculty and research

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Jennifer Brand

Supercritical Processing; Boron Carbide Devices; Polymers for Harsh Environments

Christopher Cornelius

Fundamental Material Interrelationships between Structure, Physical Properties, and Transport of Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Ionomers, Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials, and Sol-Gel Glasses

Yasar Demirel

Energy; Thermodynamic Analysis of Energy Systems; Sustainable Energy Management; Renewable Energy and Storage; Enhancement of Heater Transfer

Shudipto Dishari

Polymers and Nanomaterials, Thin Films and Membranes, Energy, Chemobiorecognition and Bioseparation

Hunter Flodman

Production of Biofuels and Biochemicals

James Hendrix

Ionic Equilibrium and Reaction Kinetics; Sustainable Development; Cyanide and Gold Ores Processing

Srivatsan Kidambi

In Vitro Models of Brain, Liver, Cancer Nanoscale Drug Delivery Platforms for miRNA/Small Drug Molecules

Gustavo Larsen

Ti-Containing Gels; Inorganic Oxide Materials; Molecularly Imprinted Oxides; Catalytic Nanofiber Design

Siamak Nejati

Polymeric materials, nanostructures ans coatings

Hossein Noureddini

Enzyme Immobilization; Enzyme Reactions; Renewable Resources

Rajib Saha

Reconstruction and Analysis of Genome-Scale and Community Models; Systems-Level Analysis of Omics Data; Development of Genetic Toolkit and Engineering Metabolic Pathways; Redesign Photosynthetic Apparatus and Carbon Fixing Mechanism

Ravi Saraf

Reconstruction and Analysis of Genome-Scale and Community Models; Systems-Level Analysis of 'Omics' Data; Development of Genetic Toolkit and Engineering Metabolic Pathways; Redesign Photosynthetic Apparatus and Carbon Fixing Mechanism

Anuradha Subramanian

Biomaterials; Ultrasound Medicine and Biology; Protein Engineering and Design

Delmar Timm

Composite Materials

Kevin Van Cott

Functional Proteomics; Protein Biochemistry

William Velander

Safer, More Abundant Sources of Biotherapeutics; Pioneered Genetically Engineered Versions of Human Anticoagulant; Protein C, Human Anti-Hemophiliac Factors VIII and IX, and Fibrinogen from the Milk of Transgenic Livestock

Hendrik Viljoen

Solid Phase Reactants; Thermal Stresses and Crack Development; Piezoelectric Sensors; Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Theoretical Investigation of Errors in Polymerase Chain Reaction Process

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