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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Nebraska Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering students enjoy numerous resources for exciting, cutting-edge research. Our students benefit from the quality, energy and ingenuity of faculty members who propose and receive grants from prestigious institutions such as the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Army.

In the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CHME), our main research areas include biomolecular engineering, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, biomaterials, biotechnology, biocatalysis, and molecular medicine. You will interact with faculty who bring passion to the research laboratory and the classroom, with exciting studies like:

  • Developing new regenerative medical materials and therapies using bio- and nanotechnologies to speed the repair and regrowth of bone, blood vessels and soft tissues in vivo
  • Developing cutting edge genomic techniques like ultra-fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to search for emerging disease threats such as antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis
  • Using proteomic instruments like a specialized mass spectrometer designed to search for new genetically engineered protein medicines
  • Developing a new pliable bandage that can stop fatal bleeding from trauma in civilian and military applications
  • Partnering with international healthcare systems to develop abundant supplies of hemophilia medicines from the milk of genetically engineered livestock to treat 80% of the world's hemophilia patients
  • Discovering a device to give robots a human sense of touch using nanotechnology
  • Developing a process for sustainable biofuels production

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering News


Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and AIChE Student Awards Banquet

April 3, 2014- Lincoln, NE

Students, faculty and staff of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering are invited celebrate academic and research achievements on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Videos


AIChE's liquid nitrogen ice cream hands-on activity featured on the KOLN-TV News

April 16, 2012- Lincoln, NE

UNL AIChE students showed guests at the E-Week Open House how to make liquid nitrogen ice cream. Their hands-on-activity brought many prospective students to Othmer Hall to learn more about chemical engineering and to enjoy sundaes! Visit the KOLN-TV website to watch a short video about the Open House.

Jeff Lopez

Jeff Lopez Nebraska Admissions Magazine

Credit: UNL Media Hub

Senior CHME Jeff Lopez has made the most of his college career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He shares how he has been involved outside of the classroom.

Leonard Akert

Red Horizon: Design-Build-Fly Team

Credit: Engineering Communications

Leonard Akert, prototype design specialist and lab manager for the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering volunteers his service to mechanical engineering students to build a remote control airplane.

Srivatsan Kidambi

Professor researches how the brain functions

Credit: NewsNetNebraska


William Velander

N The Know - Why Did Harrison Ford Visit UNL to Prepare For His Movie Role As a Scientist?

Credit: N The Know, UNL Media Hub


Jay Keasling

Featured Husker Jay Keasling working to cure malaria

Credit: Put Yourself on the Map, UNL Media Hub

Jay Keasling, UNL '86, is working to influence the health and well being of every person on the planet. He and his colleagues are developing an affordable malaria medicine that - in combination with an existing drug - appears to permanently eradicate the disease in an infected individual.

William Velander

William Velander: Life Saving Bandage

Credit: UNL Communications

A clotting treatment can prevent blood-loss fatalities from the battlefield to highways.

Ravi Saraf touch sensor

Ravi Saraf: Touch Sensor

Credit: UNL Communications

A sensitive nanoparticle device enhances surgical instruments and ultrasounds

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