About the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Program

Ever wondered how to turn biomass into usable products? Or how to 3D print a body part with biomaterials? Or how to safely extract, store, and refine petroleum products? Or how to develop innovative catalytic processes? Perhaps you’re more interested in tissue regeneration, reaction kinetics, or controlled drug delivery? Well look no further than the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering here at The University of Kansas! Our highly decorated faculty members have both the classroom and laboratory experience needed to prepare you for a bright and promising future career in either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering in these specific types of research groups plus many more. We offer degrees ranging from BS to PhD in both fields of interest.

Let us tell you a little bit about our talented professors.

On the Chemical side, our main lab is the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, which is run by two of our Distinguished Professors, Bala Subramaniam and RV Chaudhari. Our newest addition to the CEBC family is Prof. Mark B. Shiflett, who joined us from DuPont. Many of our other faculty members are also doing innovative research there as well, such as Juan Bravo-Suarez who heads up the Bravo Research Group where they are working on heterogeneous and multifunctional catalysis, Kevin Leonard, an electrochemical specialist who leads The Leonard Lab, Karen Nordheden who is a senior member of the IEEE, Aaron Scurto whose group is working on alternative solvents and biomass processing, Franklin (Feng) Tao who studies catalytic reactions at the molecular level, and Laurence Weatherley, the Distinguished Chair of the CPE department and a process engineering specialist. Outside of the CEBC Prof. Susan Williams works in her lab, the Stagg-Williams Group, where they specialize in the production and characterization of alternative fuels. Prof. Trung Van Nguyen’s lab, the Fuel Cell Test Lab researches fuel cells and large based electrical storage. Dr. Kyle Camarda’s research includes process systems engineering, product design, optimization and chemical process design; Dr. Stevin Gehrke’s work can often be found at his KU Hydrogel Lab where his group is working on polymer science, bio-material, and drug delivery. Prof. Prajna Dhar’s lab is called the Molecular Engineering and Interfacial Nanomedicine Lab, and the name speaks for itself. Prof. Arghya Paul also works with nanomatericals; his lab is called the BioIntel Lab, and his research is geared toward stem cells, gene therapy, and 3D printing biomaterials. Also associated with the CPE department is Prof. Cory Berkland who researches therapeutic particles advanced drug delivery systems at his lab.

Focused in the Petroleum side, two of our Distinguished Professors, Dr. Paul Willhite and Dr. Don Green (now retired) founded the Tertiary Oil Recovery Program, which is located right here in the C&PE department. Paul Willhite literally wrote the book on Waterflooding. The current director of TORP is Prof. Shahin Negahban, an experimental fluids expert. Some of our other Petroleum focused professors include Prof. Reza Barati, whose research can be found at The Unconventional Research Lab, fuel specialist Prof. Xiolia (Laura) Li, computational expert Prof. Masoud Kalantari, and Prof. Shapour Vossoughi who specializes in enhanced oil recovery.

With our state-of-the-art facilities, renowned faculty, and helpful office staff, you can’t go wrong joining the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department in the School on Engineering at The University of Kansas!


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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Upcoming Events

April 6th​: Cory Berkland Inaugural Lecture Event | 5:30 | Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union (RSVP LINK)

April 11th: Graduate Seminar with Damon Talbott from KU office of Graduate Studies (FLYER)

April 18th: Graduate Seminar with George Hirasaki from Rice University

April 25th: Graduate Seminar with Rick Stroman from the US Naval Research Lab (FLYER)

April 28th: Open tour of the Shiflett Lab | 2-4PM | 2444 LEEP2 (LINK)


May 2nd​: Graduate Seminar with Michael J. Aziz from Harvard University (FLYER)

May 13th: School of Engineering Recognition Ceremony 8AM in Allen Fieldhouse and

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony | 7:30PM | Lied Center

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