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CBE and Cornell, are renowned for producing world-class research. Three factors converge to make it happen: people, facilities, and collaboration. 

  • People – Faculty have what it takes to be world-class researchers –  knowledge, a high-level of creativity, exceptional insight, and courage to change directions. As dedicated teachers and mentors, too, faculty are committed to helping their students become the best-of-the-best.
  • Facilities – While other top universities have fine facilities, Cornell is a real powerhouse: More than 100 interdisciplinary research organizations, including four national research centers that bring even more of the world’s best minds to campus. The collection of state-of-the-art research facilities is exactly what faculty and student researchers need – and they’re accessible.
  • Collaboration – Collaboration and interdisciplinary work is a way of life at Cornell. The university encourages this is many formal and informal ways. 

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Topics

Biomolecular Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering

The advent of molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and related technology has spawned a revolution in biology and offers numerous opportunities for new commercial developments.

Complex Fluids and Polymers

Complex Fluids and Polymers

Understanding the structure, rheology, interfacial and transport behaviors of complex fluids and polymers is among the foremost challenges of chemical engineering science.

Computational and Systems Biology

Computational and Systems Biology

Applications include identifying targets for pharmaceutical and therapeutic development for cancer and cardiovascular diseases, stem cell differentiation and programming, and modeling synthetic pathways.

Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing

Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing

Chemical engineers adopted an approach to problem solving, applying their specialized knowledge in chemistry, kinetics, transport phenomena, reactor design and thermodynamics.

Sustainable energy systems

Sustainable energy systems

Growth in world population and continual improvements in living standards in developing countries will increase demands for energy in the next 40 years, posing tremendous challenges for providing affordable energy.