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Welcome to CBE

Ground-breaking research. Great teaching. Cornell’s Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), combines these in a highly collaborative environment. They’re just some of the reasons that CBE is internationally recognized and has been highly ranked among the top programs in our fields.

Academic Programs

Outstanding faculty prepare students to excel – and they do. CBE graduates are highly sought after. They pursue rewarding careers, and make meaningful contributions to society through teaching, research, industry, and other paths. CBE offers four degrees: a Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering (1-year professional), Master of Science (2-year research) and Ph.D.

Research

CBE faculty and their graduate students are at the very forefront of creating knowledge – directed at solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Focusing on five broad areas of research: Biomolecular Engineering, Complex Fluids and Polymers, Computational and Systems Biology, Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing and Sustainable Energy Systems. Learn more about our research, faculty, and facilities.

Recent News

Magnetic tweezers reveal ‘hairballs’ in polymer growth

Their findings are reported in “Single Polymer Growth Dynamics,” published Oct. 20 in Science. In...

2 CBE PhD students inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Jade Noble and Christian Aponte-Rivera have been inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor...

A new Robert Frederick Smith Initiative is launching

Three graduate students in CBE are launching a new civic engagement initiative.

Latest Spotlights

What goes on in there? A visit to Cornell’s Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility

A guided tour of Cornell's CNF, which in 2017 will celebrate 40 years of operations at the very edge of nanoscale science and technology.

Welcome Fengqi You

“I believe that chemical engineers should be able to do everything,” says You.