The Libraries seek to support research in chemical engineering, which includes chemical processes, bio-medical aspects of engineering, nuclear waste, polymers, pharmaceutical technology, colloids, surfaces, electrochemistry, separation chemistry and corrosion. It supports the needs of undergraduate, MA/MS students and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, post-docs, and research staff members.
In 1993, the department became associated with mines, metallurgy and materials science departments and there appears to be more of a collaborative effort between these departments, e.g., ceramics, glass. In addition Chemical Engineering has always had a close relationship with the Chemistry department, e.g. colloids, catalysis. The number of graduate students in Chemical Engineering increased annually during the first half of the 1990’s.
Areas of established specialization are catalysis, corrosion, colloids, crystallography, electrochemistry, heat transfer, polymers and unit operations.