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UD’s chemical engineering graduate program remains in the top 10 nationally (at #7) in the 2025 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. Read more…

Old Clothes to Useful Molecules

Could clever chemistry help tackle the fashion waste problem? 

Textile Waste Recycling

New process that could make mixed-fiber clothing recyclable

Versogen to See Federal Funds

Start-up that grew out of UD research continues to make strides

The Future of Clean Hydrogen

UD, Chemours host NAE Meeting, Clean Hydrogen for Energy Transition

Pioneering Excellence

Ierapetritou’s journey in chemical engineering and STEM advocacy

Unlocking Sustainable Futures

Exploring the power of systems analysis in energy decision-making

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April 18, 2024

Sun, Rimer Recognized by Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Two with UD ties selected for 2024 CCP and Koch Travel Awards

February 2, 2024

Vlachos Appointed Editor-in-Chief

UD’s Dion Vlachos returns to Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

January 29, 2024

Reaction Software Workshop Video Release

Software ecosystem for catalyst discovery and design workshop videos now available for replay

December 20, 2023

Green Hydrogen Milestone

UD’s Yushan Yan and his company pave way for larger energy projects

December 4, 2023

UD Rises in Research Rankings

UD leaps forward in NSF HERD Survey, now ranks in the top 8% nationally for R&D activities

October 13, 2023

Preparing the Clean Energy Workforce

UD to play key role in regional hydrogen hub

September 18, 2023

Revolutionary Materials Design

UD collaboration awarded NSF grant to study atomically precise catalyst design

August 22, 2023

Breakthrough for Plastic Waste

Newly licensable technology to turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals

August 22, 2023

Outstanding Achievements

Wilfred Chen, LaShanda Korley and Mary Watson were named as 2023 Fellows of the American Chemical Society

August 14, 2023

Empowering the Energy Transition

UD researchers release comprehensive software ecosystem for catalyst discovery and design

July 12, 2023

Upcycling Plastics

UD researchers report new method for recycling plastics that contain common yet hazardous chemicals

July 10, 2023

Material Improvements

UD Researchers explore new methods for optimizing carbon-based catalysts

June 19, 2023

Decarbonization with Microwave Reactors

Advancing microwave reactors to help meet decarbonization goals

May 17, 2023

Pushing Boundaries

University leadership celebrates campus inventors

April 25, 2023

UD Grad Programs Among Best

2024 rankings place 22 UD graduate programs among the best in the nation

April 17, 2023

Plan for the Planet

Hydrogen has important role in development of sustainable energy

March 20, 2023

The Chemistry of Making Molecules

UD’s Mary Watson earns national award for groundbreaking work in catalysis

November 15, 2022

UD Faculty Among World’s Most Influential Researchers

Two named highly cited researchers for 2022

November 7, 2022

Historic Department, Cutting-Edge Research

UD’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosted Gov. Carney to celebrate No. 2 ranking

October 20, 2022

The New Energy Frontier

UD launches Center for Clean Hydrogen to accelerate sustainable energy technology development

September 22, 2022

Key Research Tool

New UD spectrometer can detect surface materials, down to individual atoms

September 22, 2022

Synergistic Active Sites Observed in a Solid Catalyst

A solid catalyst has been prepared in which pairs of active sites work synergistically — a breakthrough for ‘pair site’ catalysis.

September 21, 2022

UD Among Best in the Nation

U.S. News places chemical engineering second in the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings.

June 23, 2022

Artificial Photosynthesis

UD researchers and colleagues report progress on producing food without sunlight

May 31, 2022

Distinguished Dissertations

UD recognizes six with prizes for exceptional scholarship

May 4, 2022

Improving Fuel Cells

UD engineers, international researchers find new catalyst to improve fuel cell materials

March 16, 2022

Controlling Catalysts

UD researchers report new way to boost catalyst activity

March 9, 2022

Sustainably Sourcing Coal Waste

Engineering’s Fu, Jiao to refine filament manufacturing for 3D printing

February 16, 2022

Yushan Yan Elected to National Academy of Engineering

UD professor recognized for his work in electrochemical engineering

February 3, 2022

Shirt Circuit for Big Impact

UD researchers report hyper-efficient method for removing carbon dioxide from air

January 10, 2022

Sustainable Manufacturing

UD and LSU collaborate to advance manufacturing technologies that employ carbon dioxide and renewable energy

January 6, 2022

Tackling the Plastics Problem

Collaborative project aims to find sustainable ways to create, destroy plastics

November 16, 2021

Researchers with Influence

UD professors named to global list

September 7, 2021

Electrically Driven Chemistry

UD advance opens door to accessing new materials for catalysis, sensing and gas storage

July 12, 2021

Probing the Power of Zeolites

UD’s Mark LaFollette receives DOE Graduate Student Research Award

April 20, 2021

Green Energy Technology

UD spinoff selected for Shell GameChanger Accelerator program

April 12, 2021

Combating Plastics Waste

UD researchers report possible solutions for hard-to-recycle plastics


March 5, 2021

Reduce Food Waste, Change the World

UD doctoral student explores ways to convert food waste to fuels, chemicals

February 23, 2021

Exceptional Achievements in Catalysis

Vlachos recognized by division of the American Chemical Society

February 9, 2021

Kelly, Thompson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Trustee, dean honored by prestigious engineering organization

January 28, 2021

An Essential Connector

Small Business Development Center recognized for tech-based business support

October 19, 2020

Smarter Models, Smarter Choices

UD’s Vlachos and Lansford develop high-confidence approach for artificial intelligence-based models

September 25, 2020

Advancing Carbon Dioxide Catalysis

Engineering professor receives major Department of Energy grants

July 13, 2020

Taking Aim at Plastic Waste

UD wins federal grant to establish Center for Plastics Innovation

May 18, 2020

Renewable Energy Advance

UD researchers report new method for characterizing materials that might eventually help store energy

April 29, 2020

Shock Treatment Nanocatalysts

Shock treatment makes nanocatalysts from metals that are ‘impossible’ to mix

April 6, 2020

Going Small Yields Big Results

Atomic-scale catalysts may pave the way for converting biomass to fuels, chemicals

February 12, 2020

Cracking the Code

UD researchers explore methods to turn biomass into sunscreens, shoe soles and more

December 20, 2019

Greenhouse Gas for Good

Engineers reveal new way to capture carbon dioxide and use it cleanly and cost effectively

December 17, 2019

A Key Technology for Carbon Utilization

UD researchers highlight potential of electrochemical carbon monoxide reduction

November 20, 2019

Very Influential Researchers

Six UD professors rank in the top 1% cited by peers

November 15, 2019

Advancing Fuel Cell Research

UD startup W7energy awarded $3.4M in Department of Energy funding

November 12, 2019

Honors for Yushan Yan

Professor honored by Electrochemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

November 8, 2019

Fuel Cell Pioneer Recognized

Adjunct professor Gottesfeld recognized with Electrochemical Society Olin Palladium Award


September 27, 2019

Catalysis in the Spotlight

Research on electrochemical nitrogen reduction reaction lands journal cover

September 20, 2019

Building on UD, Nobel Legacy

New reaction will make indoline scaffolds available for pharmaceutical development

August 23, 2019

New Way to make Valuable Chemcials

Research creates process that advances the field of carbon utilization

August 12, 2019

Ammonia for Fuel Cells

Team of UD engineers pushes cost-effective fuel cell technology forward

July 31, 2019

From Greenhouse to Gas to Fuel

Novel catalysis approach reduces carbon dioxide to methane

May 17, 2019

Removing Carbon Dioxide from an Air Stream

UD engineers develop a fuel cell system that helps environment

April 8, 2019

Powerhouse Chemistry

UD researchers provide new method to boost clean energy research

April 8, 2019

The Right Polymers for the Job

Technology makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive

February 25, 2019

Unlocking the Mystery of Catalysts

Exploration of metal oxides has potential to drive catalysis research to new heights

February 1, 2019

Keeping Things Moving

UD researchers synthesize renewable oils for use in lubricants

January 3, 2019

Greener Hydrogen from Water

UD innovator explores catalysts that pull their weight and serve the environment

December 11, 2018

Engineering’s Yan Named NAI Fellow

UD chemical engineer honored by National Academy of Inventors

November 6, 2018

A Spark for Energy Research

U.S. Department of Energy announces $12.8 million for UD-led center

November 5, 2018

Catalyzing Excellence

Bingjun Xu recognized as an influential researcher

October 11, 2018

UD’s Engineering’s Next Era

Levi T. Thompson shares vision as new dean of College of Engineering

August 24, 2018

Fuels Without Fossils

Novel renewable energy technology being developed at UD

August 21, 2018

Cleaner, Greener U.S. Maunfacturing

UD to help boost energy efficiency and modular manufacturing with RAPID grants

August 20, 2018

Transforming Carbon Dioxide

UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology

July 17, 2018

Pipeline from Research to Industry

Delaware Energy Institute gives UD students firsthand look at gas industry

July 11, 2018

National Energy Advisory Appointment

Saha appointed to the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

May 29, 2018

Putting Excess Carbon Dioxide to Good Use

UD team’s finding could be ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for Planet Earth

April 16, 2018

UD Professor Speaks at Senate Committee Hearing

Feng Jiao shares carbon utilization expertise with environment and public works committee

December 1, 2017

The Fuel Cell Authority

UD’s Yushan Yan recognized for advances in energy technology

December 1, 2017

Focusing Energy Research

UD scientists develop new theory to help improve catalysis research

October 30, 2017

Research Aims to Help Renewable Jet Fuel Take Flight

UD energy team develops processes to ramp up bio-based aviation fuel

September 7, 2017

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

September 4, 2017

Making Better Material for Fuel Cells

UD researchers make material to make fuel cells more durable, less expensive

April 26, 2017

Inaugural ACS Catalysis Early Career Advisory Board

UD’s Bingjun Xu named to the first ACS Catalysis Early Career Advisory Board

April 17, 2017

Discovery Could Transform Industries

Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

March 13, 2017

Learn About NIMBL, RAPID

Presentation set on NIIMBL and Rapid USA Manufacturing Institutes

February 23, 2017

From Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

UD’s Feng Jiao wins DOE funding to produce alcohols from CO2 flue gas

February 15, 2017

Go Away Greenhouse Gas

NSF Career Award to focus on electrochemical reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide

February 13, 2017

Named Professor Lecture

UD’s Dion Vlachos will address global energy, water, food needs

December 12, 2016

RAPID Breakthroughs

UD to lead major node of new national chemical manufacturing institute

November 21, 2016

Chemical Engineering Honors

Yan wins AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award

November 13, 2016

Biochemical Technology Award

UD’s Chen selected to receive Marvin Johnson Award from ACS

October 26, 2016

Perfect Soap Molecule

Discovery could have major impact on multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry

October 21, 2016

Droning On

UD’s Bingjun Xu awarded AFOSR Young Investigator grant

September 19, 2016

Renewable Energy Leader

Vlachos appointed Ferguson Professor and UD Energy Institute director

September 15, 2016

Better Fuel Cell Membranes

UD awarded $1.8 million through new ARPA-E program aimed at transforming energy storage, conversion

August 24, 2016

Fueling the Quest for Green Energy

An Introduction to the University of Delaware’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

June 2, 2016

Exemplary Achievements

Students honored for dissertations, prof for exceptional mentoring

June 2, 2016

Highly Tuned Catalytic Controls

UD researchers sharpen time, spatial control of reactions

May 20, 2016

National Lab Day Panels

National experts discuss energy, grid modernization, security

May 17, 2016

Energy Czar Rallies Researchers

University’s National Lab Day puts focus on collaborative future

May 6, 2016

UD-Africa Energy Conference

Two-day event at UD brings together energy experts from two continents

March 9, 2016

Strategic Research

UDRF Strategic Initiative grants support studies in health, environment, energy and cybersecurity

February 22, 2016

Model Perfect

Researchers document new approach to dealing with uncertainties in mathematical models

January 14, 2016

Fuel Cell Breakthrough

Yan research team reports success with low-cost nickel-based catalyst

October 7, 2015

Patched Atoms

Energy researchers discover new structure for bimetallic catalysts

September 24, 2015

AIChE Honors

UD’s Wilfred Chen wins award for excellence in biochemical engineering

September 11, 2015

Tailpipe to Tank

Researchers are vying to use renewable energy to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it back into fuel.

May 1, 2015

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Honors Sengupta

Dr. Sourav Sengupta is the Winner of the 2015 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

March 16, 2015

Hydrogen Fuel

Inexpensive, efficient bi-metallic electrocatalysts may open floodgates for hydrogen fuel

January 14, 2015

QCD Speeds Analysis

UD’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation invents new chemical detector

October 20, 2014

Mangore Scholar

Rosenthal receives 2014 award from Francis Alison Society

September 2, 2014

Named Professor

Raul Lobo named Claire D. LeClaire professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

August 26, 2014

Plant-based Materials

CCEI teams with consumer goods, car companies in renewable plastics research

July 23, 2014

Organic Zeolites

Yan organic zeolite advance highlighted in Nature Communications

June 24, 2014

Fueling Technology Innovation

Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation to share in $100 million in DOE funding

June 23, 2014

NSF Career Award

UD’s Jiao develops new catalysts to convert greenhouse gas to chemicals

May 29, 2014

Splitting Water

Researcher discovers inexpensive catalyst to produce oxygen and hydrogen gas

May 28, 2014

Better than Gold

Researchers develop method to process bismuth as catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction

May 9, 2014

Wall of Fame

Five distinguished UD graduates inducted into Alumni Wall of Fame

April 8, 2014

NSF Career Award

Chemist Joel Rosenthal awarded research grant in renewable energy conversion

March 17, 2014

Chemistry Toolkit

Professor to study new routes to synthesize organic molecules for pharmaceuticals

May 15, 2013

NSF, Cottrell Awards

UD professor earns national awards for work creating new carbon-silicon bonds

February 1, 2013

Farm Fresh Fuels?

UD joins team working to turn farm refuse into useful biofuels, chemicals

December 3, 2012

Driving Energy Solutions

UD researcher among 66 selected to share in energy technology funding

November 19, 2012

In Memoriam

James Katzer, former professor of chemical engineering, dies

August 23, 2012

CCST Alum Receives 2012 NSF Career Award

CCST Alum, Jeffrey Rimer, awarded five-year, $400,000 grant to expand his efforts to improve zeolites

July 30, 2012

Presidential Honor

UD alumnus Kitchin selected to receive prestigious PECASE

July 17, 2012

Farewell, Mark

Barteau to depart UD for energy post at University of Michigan

June 8, 2012

Energy Symposium

Institute marshals resources for new technologies and policies

February 1, 2012

Catalysis Research

Department of Energy renews Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium grant

January 26, 2012

Name Change

Chemical engineering now Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

October 21, 2011

Building Milestone

ISE Lab reaches milestone with completion of structure

October 18, 2011

Oct. 26: Inaugural lecture

Michael Klein to present inaugural lecture as named professor

October 11, 2011

Reimagining Learning

Hard hat tour offers sneak peek into revolutionary ISE Lab

July 19, 2011

New Named Professor

Yan joins Department of Chemical Engineering, UD Energy Institute

July 13, 2011

Raising the Bar

Chemical engineering faculty, student, alumnus honored for research excellence

June 16, 2011

All the Right Moves

Subtle moves by proteins play important ‘sparkplug’ role

June 9, 2011

Research Fellowships

Chemistry students win national fellowships for summer research

May 27, 2011

Nobel Prize winner honored

Richard F. Heck lauded as ‘hero’ by leading chemists at UD symposium

April 11, 2011

Symposium honors Nobel winner

Frontiers in Catalysis scholarly symposium set for May 26, honoring Richard F. Heck

April 4, 2011

UD Catalysis Work Recognized

Jingguang Chen to receive Chicago organization’s Herman Pines Award May 19


December 14, 2010

Newark High applauds UD researchers for outreach

Members of the Newark High School PTSA turn to UD researchers to enhance science education curriculum

May 10, 2010

Chemical Engineering Researchers Publish Findings

UD team has developed a computational framework for screening potential bimetallic catalysts

May 6, 2010

Klein appointed Dan Rich Chair of Energy, director of UD Energy Institute

Michael Klein has been named the Dan Rich Chair of Energy and director of the UD Energy Institute

December 22, 2009

Vlachos lecture addresses multiscale modeling, simulation

Dion Vlachos delivered his inaugural lecture as Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

August 14, 2009

Science Express

Paper by new UD chemistry professor published in ‘Science Express’

July 15, 2009

UD Hosts Undergraduate Researchers in Energy Program

NSG Grant enables 11 students from institutions throughout the country to spend the summer investigating energy-related issues

May 11, 2009

Vlachos named Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dion Vlachos has been named the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

May 4, 2009

UD Awarded Multi-Million Grant to Establish EFRC

UD will be home to a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) focusing on the development of innovative catalytic technologies

March 30, 2009

Undergrad Wins Prestigious DOE Fellowship

Zachary Ulissi recipient of a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

February 25, 2009

Air Products Provides Gift for Graduate Fellowship

18,000 fellowship gift to support a graduate student in chemical engineering or materials science

November 18, 2008

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology Marks 30th

CCST celebrated its 30th anniversary at the 2008 CCST Research Review

September 26, 2008

Chen Receives New $1 Million Grant for Synchrotron Research

UD researchers receive funding from the Department of Energy for catalysis research

September 22, 2008

University of Delaware launches new energy institute

New institute established to create and integrate new solutions to challenges in energy sufficiency and sustainability

Center for Catalytic Science & Technology • 150 Academy Street • Newark, DE 19716