Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

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  • Fall January 10 January 1


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 540 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 75 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 6.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 105 Duolingo Minimum score

Degree Description:

Faculty research is broadly focused in three synergistic areas: Sustainable Energy Systems, Biomolecular Engineering, and Biomechanics. Within these areas, projects are focused on:

chemical and biological catalysis and kinetics;
chemical and biological fuel cells;
biofilm engineering;
novel sensor technologies;
cardiac and reproductive molecular engineering;
and molecular, cellular, and musculskeletal mechanics.

Specialized equipment includes a suite of instruments for characterizing reactive surface reactions (operando XPS, XRD adn Raman – all with specialized reactors). Unique biological applications of circular dichroism spectroscopy, AFM, and confocal microscopy; robust microelectrode development and application; as well as numerous custom reactors equipped with advanced chemical measurement.

The graduate programs are flexible, allowing students to develop a program that fits individual needs. A master of science is typically completed in 1-2 years, and a doctorate in 4-5 years after completion of the bachelor of science degree.

Student Opportunities:

The Voiland School offers excellent research facilities, the flexibility to design an individualized academic program, and the ability to work closly with highly engaged faculty. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in an NIH (National Institutes of Health) sponsored training program in protein Biochemistry, and we encourage students to participate in internship programs at partner institutions. One of the main partners involved in our internship program is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL specializes in analyzing and understanding the impacts of the interface between science and society.

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