Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers premier, one-of-a-kind research and educational opportunities in cutting-edge topics like regenerative medicine, molecular modeling and simulation, biofuels and more.

Reimagining Kidney Dialysis

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Story Spotlight: A collaborative team has developed a new type of filter for kidney dialysis machines that can clean the blood more efficiently and improve patient care.


In collaboration with peers across the university and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, chemical and biomolecular engineering students are pursuing breakthrough advances in many areas.


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Department Faculty

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department faculty have a broad range of specialties and research areas. All faculty members are active in research and the direction of graduate student projects.

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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Degree Programs

Graduate Programs

Chemical engineering graduate students pursuing M.Eng., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees contribute to shaping a new model of what chemical engineering is and what chemical engineers do.

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Undergraduate Programs

Our ABET-accredited program equips students with the skills to investigate solutions to many of the problems facing society today, including energy, the environment and the development of high-performance materials.

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Chemical Innovation Lab

The ChIL was created at Vanderbilt University to allow modern, immersive chemical engineering education for undergraduate students. By eliminating toxic chemicals in lab experiments, instructors have made the ChIL a multipurpose facility where students safely and sustainably conduct both lab and design coursework.

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


  • Fall 2023

    ChBE seminars are in ESB-044 on Mondays from 3-4 pm.

    • 9/11/23:  Chemical Laboratory Safety Seminar
    • 9/25/23: William Dichtel, Northwestern University
    • 10/2/23: Kathryn Whitehead, Carnegie-Mellon University
    • 10/23/23: Lisa Biswal, Rice University
    • 11/15/23: Stephanie Willerth, University of Victoria (joint BME/ChBE seminar)
    • 11/27/23: Dean Krishnendu Roy, Vanderbilt University

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment that promotes belonging, respect, and collegiality for all students, faculty, staff, and guests.

We aspire to recruit, retain, and support a diverse group of students, postdocs, staff, and faculty, and to provide an environment in which all individuals can contribute and excel.

We value the varied experiences and perspectives that people of different backgrounds bring to our community.

We share a responsibility to confront instances of bias and harassment, and to treat everyone with dignity and respect. We embrace what makes us each unique.

We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to excellence in research and education. Individual differences enrich our community, our impact, and what we do.

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Contact Us

Paul Laibinis, Chair

Ethan Lippman, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jamey Young, Director of Graduate Studies

Kane Jennings, Director of Graduate Recruiting

Department Administration Staff

Mailing Address

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351604
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1604

Phone: 615-322-2441

Fax: 615-343-7951