Research focus areas in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering include absorption and surface chemistry, advanced materials, alternative energy and biofuels, biochemical engineering and biotechnology, computational molecular science and engineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Vanderbilt represents one of the most exciting research environments in the United States. Vanderbilt is #14 in the US News and World Report rankings, and despite its small size, it is ranked in the top 25 in total U.S. federal funding. Vanderbilt is one of only 13 universities that rank in the top 25 in both of these categories. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering conducts pioneering research in the areas of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Energy and Sustainability, and Materials and Nanotechnology. Our faculty collaborate closely with researchers in other departments and institutes across campus including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) , the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MuMS) research facility, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) . In 2020, the Department's graduate program again ranked in the top 5 of the US News and World Report rankings when compared to departments of similar size (15 or fewer tenured/tenure-track faculty). Research expenditures in the Department exceeded $500,000 per tenured/tenure-track faculty in fiscal year 2020, and the Department published 5 peer-reviewed articles per tenured/tenure-track faculty in 2019. These metrics are just a few important indicators of the thriving and productive research environment that exists within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt.