Breaking New Ground

Keith NeevesThe Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines has a comprehensive research program and counts among its faculty seven NSF CAREER Award winners and one PECASE Award winner. Research in the department is supported by federal and state agencies, industry and private foundations.

CBE faculty have strong ties with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Sumit Agarwal, Andrew Herring, Colin Wolden, J. Douglas Way), located just 10 minutes from Mines, as well as other regional federal laboratories involved in energy research and development. The Colorado Fuel Cell Center (Anthony Dean, Herring) is dedicated to improving the efficiency of chemical energy conversion, as well as adapting fuel cell technology for compatibility with emerging biofuels.

The department houses the world’s foremost center dedicated to understanding the critical role of hydrates in energy production as well as their potential for energy storage and CO2 sequestration (Carolyn Koh, Amadeu Sum). The department also hosts the Colorado Institute for Energy, Materials and Computational Science (CIEMACS), which focuses on problems at the nexus of energy, materials and scientific computing. Another core strength of the department is in the applications of membranes and catalysis to carbon capture (Jennifer Wilcox), fuel cells (Herring), hydrogen purification (Way), as well as the design and synthesis of novel materials (Moises Carreon, Diego Gomez-Gualdron) for these applications.

Faculty with expertise in bioengineering (Nanette Boyle, Kevin Cash, Melissa Krebs, David Marr, Keith Neeves) have research programs in biosensors, drug delivery, tissue engineering, lab-on-a-chip devices,and metabolic engineering. Much of this research is done in collaboration with regional medical institutions such as the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The Mines Polymers and Complex Fluids (MPAC) group includes members of CBE (Marr, Neeves, Joseph Samaniuk, Ning Wu) and the Chemistry Department who focus on fundamental and applied research in soft matter.

Students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, are essential members of the department’s research groups. More details on specific research projects may be found on individual faculty pages.