Our chemical and biological engineering (CHBE) faculty conduct cutting-edge research with real-world applications, providing countless opportunities for students to participate in breakthrough research, including Armour's R&D Program and Summer Engineering Research Immersion Program. Illinois Tech’s Elevate program also provides research opportunities for students, including some that offer up to $5,000 in support.

Students gain hands-on experience working closely with our faculty, including the following research areas of expertise:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Biological Engineering
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Systems Engineering

Developing Devices for the Future of Diabetes Care

A team of student researchers led by Professor of Chemical Engineering Ali Cinar, director of Illinois Tech's Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education, is working to ease the burden of insulin management in diabetes patients. 

Innovate with IPRO

In Illinois Tech's signature Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program, you'll work with students from various majors to solve real-world problems.

Recent CHBE projects include:

  • Auto engines as combined heat and power systems
  • Large-scale solar desalinization
  • Creating a viable tissue implant for human joints
  • Developing a new strategy to detect smuggled nuclear materials