University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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We are Hiring!

We have multiple tenure track or tenured faculty openings focusing on environmental research including air and water, and chemical processes involving advanced materials.

Liu and Yan

Haizhou Liu and Rouxue Yan Won 2017 NSF Career Awards  

Awards provide a minimum of $500,000 over five years to junior faculty pursuing outstanding research and education.

Bryan Wong

Bryan Wong Awarded Department of Energy Early Career Grant

Prestigious award will support research on understanding the atomic and electronic properties of materials used in solar cells, batteries and consumer electronics


Charles Wyman Elected AIChE Fellow


Charles Wyman Granted 1.3 Million by USDA for Green Energy Research

Grant to support biofuel generation from waste plant matter using process developed at UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology


Xin Ge Received NIH R01 Grant for Antibody Research

This 5-year $1.5M grant will support Dr. Ge’s lab for the discovery and engineering of human mAbs having specific inhibition functions targeting a class of proteases of biomedical importance.


Kelley Barsanti Received NOAA Grants to Study Regional Air Quality Modeling

Projected increase in fires underscores need to study the impact on air quality and human health


Haizhou Liu Won Hellman Fellowship


Haizhou Liu discussed lead release in drinking water and metal corrosion distribution systems with Chemical & Engineering News   

student news

Bryley Grad Slam

CEE PHD Student, Peter Byrley, Wins 2016 UC-wide GradSlam 

UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience.  Grad Slam 2016 was held April 22, at LinkedIn in San Francisco.


CEE PHD Student, Holly Mayton, Receives Global Food Initiative Fellowship

Holly Mayton along with other two recipients, will work on projects addressing food safety, food security and sustainable agriculture


CEE PHD Student, Pedro Piqueras, Tackles International Development Projects

He is among 40 UC graduate students selected for US Agency for International Development fellowships


CEE PHD Student, Peter Byrley, Wrote Article for The Conversation About Graphene and Other Materials Science Building Blocks


UCR Graduate Student, Holly Mayton, to Attend Competitive Program on Food Security

40 students selected each year for U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security  


CEE Graduate Student Video Receives Honorable Mention from AEESP 2015-16 Student Video Competition

“The Salton Sea: Obstacles and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science” video was awarded honorable mention in 2015-16 Student Video Competition from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).


Two CEE undergrads, Jose and Shilpan, won the national competition for mobile app design at the AIChE conference. Undergraduate student teams created an APP for a mobile device such as a smartphone (iPhone Android, Blackberry, etc). The award includes individual certificates and a monetary prize for the Student Chapter. 


CEE PHD Student, Gongde Chen, Won 3rd Place for Best Student Poster Award at the Emerging Contaminant Summit in Denver, Colorado


Three CEE undergraduate teams all won $10,000 grants from Southern California World Water Forum College Grant Program.

Our teams will work on “Recovery of Inorganic Phosphorus from Membrane Antiscalant in Reverse Osmosis Concentrate”, “NiTreat:  A Sustainable Approach to Nitrate Removal from Drinking Water Resource” and “Sustain-a-Drain: An Advanced Storm Drain Indicative Maintenance Process”.

Undergrad WERC

CEE undergraduate team “Titania Coatings” won 2016 WERC / IEE International Environmental Design Contest. Our multidisciplinary team tied for the Second Place Award for Task 1 and tied for First Place for the Peer Review Award for a total monetary award of $1000.


husk to home

UCR Undergraduate Husk-to-Home and Sustain-a-Dream Teams Respectively Won 1st and 2nd Place Awards at the 2016 Spring Green Expo/Eco Innovators Showcase in Los Angeles

News Archive
In the Media
Prof. Haizhou Liu discussed lead release in drinking water and metal corrosion in water distribution systems with Chemical & Engineering News. Read more at C&EN.
Prof. Wong's paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications is featured as the cover picture for the September 2014 issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications (Volume 35, Issue 17) and can be read here
David Kisailus's research on the mantis shrimp is featured in the Washington Post.
CEE Graduate Student Jake Lanphere's research on graphene oxide in groundwater is featured in articles on Gizmodo, Engadget, and GIGAOM.
David Jassby's research on carbon nanotube-coated filters has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News.  Read more at C&EN.
David Kisailus's research on the mantis shrimp is featured on NBC Learn.
David Kisailus's research on the mantis shrimp has been featured in a number of publications recently.  Read the articles on: New Scientist, Eurekalert, Phys.Org, and Discover Magazine.
The Press-Enterprise featured a story titled, "UCR develops sensory detection for smart phones," on the research of Nosang Myung, Professor and Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering


Myung Lab Demonstrates Smartphone Tablet Integrated Nano Gas Sensor

Nanogassensor Youtube

The Press-Enterprise featured a story titled, "UC RIVERSIDE: Scientist wins air pollution research grant," on the research of Akua Asa-Awuku, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
David Kisailus on Building Materials that Mimic Nature


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