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Leading the way into the future

Chemical and biomolecular engineers are creating products at the nanoscale, including advanced drug delivery systems and "smart" fluids that respond to light and electrical signals. Other key areas include: aerosol science, biochemical engineering, computational modeling, fluid mechanics and mixing, fuel cell technology, metabolic engineering and systems biology, polymer processing and characterization, polymer reaction engineering, process control, thermodynamics and transport phenomena, and systems research.

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Among the best in the nation

The Chemical and Biological Engineering department is part of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, which U.S. News & World Report ranked 22nd in the nation in its listing of top graduate engineering schools in the U.S. for 2018.

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State-of-the-art research facilities

The ChBE department maintains a distributed computing network consisting of research laboratories and a PC laboratory. Major research facilities including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and NMR are coordinated through a variety of laboratories.

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Be close to employment opportunities

UMD is close to government research facilities in the Washington D.C. area that employ chemical and biomolecular engineers, including the NIH, FDA, USDA and NRC. Some students conduct internships at these top-tier labs, while others have gone on to secure postdoctoral positions or careers there. 

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