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Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Building, which houses the department of chemical and environmental engineering

We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in both chemical and environmental engineering. Our programs are large enough to attract recruiters from a variety of industries, including consulting firms, government, manufacturing, petroleum, semiconductors and utilities – but small enough for individual attention. We encourage our undergraduates to become involved in research projects funded by industry, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and other organizations.

CHEE student Joshua MahlEach year, the UA College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. Congratulations to 2017 da Vinci Scholar Joshua Malzahn, a chemical engineering major.

The da Vinci scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle, a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.

Abdullah AleidanGraduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan – the first recipient of CHEE's new environmental engineering bachelor's degree – will be honored at this year's UA Commencement ceremony with the Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the University's highest achievements for an undergraduate student.

The Nugent Award recognizes students whose records of accomplishments exemplify the ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, a former UA executive vice president. It is one of four awards presented at Commencement each year.

Originally from Kuwait, Aleidan overcame language and cultural barriers to become an accomplished researcher and member of several student organizations. He is the first Kuwaiti to graduate with dual UA bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering and dual minors in mathematics and chemistry.


Portrait of CHEE professor Shane SnyderTurning wastewater into drinking water can be a hard sell for consumers unsure of how much waste might remain when that water returns to their tap.

Working with partners as far away as Australia, CHEE professor Shane Snyder and WEST Center co-director Ian Pepper recently completed a study to evaluate an online, real-time sensor's ability to ensure that the advanced treatment of reclaimed water eliminates chemical and microbial contaminants.

The study was funded by the U.S.-based Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the Pentair Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. It included initial evaluations at the Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant in Australia and the Tucson Water Sweetwater Recharge Infiltratio...

CHEE Senior Christina Morrison in the labIn space, water is too precious to waste on laundry. But extra clothes means extra weight – another big issue on the International Space Station.

Christina Morrison may have discovered a way for astronauts to launder without squander. The chemical engineering senior has been testing the application of silver and hydrogen peroxide – both known germ-fighters – on textiles, specifically socks.

Her research is funded by a NASA Space Grant.

The MetOxs team accepts their I-Squared awardOn April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.

This year's event showcased eight UA startups, including MetOxs Solutions, which was honored as 2017 Startup of the Year. 

MetOxs' flagship process is a toxin-free method of extracting copper metal from raw ore using high-temperature molten salts, developed by CHEE research professor Dominic Gervasio and former CHEE research specialist Hassan Elsentriecy.

This is Gervasio's second I-Squared Award in a row; in 2016, he received the...

Student at Design DayEngineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 78 seniors from the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering – inte​nd to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the ap...

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