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The Department of Chemical Engineering is housed in a 51,000-square-foot building, much of which is devoted to research.

The department’s research equipment includes a Spire Il-VI MOCVD system, a polaron CV profiler, a Japan oxygen Ill-V MOCVD system, a Keithley Hall measurement system, four custom CVD systems, a Mellon Bridgman crystal grower, a JY-Ramanor 1000 laser Raman spectrometer, and a scanning electron microscope.

Processing and testing equipment for semiconductor device fabrication and testing include a CHA electron beam metal deposition system, a Plasma Therm plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system, a Karl Zuss contact aligner, a JEOL electron beam direct-write system, an HP 4145 semiconductor parameter analyzer, an HP 4284 precision LCR meter, and a cascade probe station.

The department has Instron, Rheometrics, and Haske instruments for rheological experiments. Also available are a Brabender and a Killion extruder with die attachments for coextrusion, as well as pressure-jump, temperature-jump, and stopped-flow instruments.

Some laboratories are equipped with low-angle light scattering, VPO, HTHPLC, ion chromatography, and UV-visible spectroscopy equipment. Two ultrahigh vacuum characterization systems are equipped with XPS, AES, LEED, ELS, ISS, TPD, SIMS, and ESD instrumentation. There is a complete electrochemical laboratory for in situ ellipsometry (Gaertner) and impedance instrumentation (Solartron 1250/1286). Other major instruments include a System 7 DSCITGA, a Setaram microcalorimeter, a combustion calorimeter, a Brookhaven quasielastic light scattering spectrometer, a Langmuir film balance, and a contact angle goniometer.

Large-scale equipment available for industrial research include a wood digestor, a fully instrumented pilot plant for processing and control of slurries, an emulsion polymerization reactor, and a spun-bond pilot plant for nonwoven tissue processing.

Main Research Thrust Areas

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The following charts depict the number of faculty with emphasis in each included research area, and the Research Matrix below provides more detail on individual faculty research programs.

Applications of Fundamentals

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