The Department of Chemical Engineering is a large and successful department within the Melbourne School of Engineering. Our laboratories are housed across four locations including a substantially renovated main building, a second building devoted exclusively to research, two floors within the nearby Chemistry building, and a presence within the Bio21 Institute.
The department has a broad range of engineering strengths that are encapsulated across four main research themes: Materials Development; Separations Technology; Surface Chemistry and Rheology; and Bioengineering. We host several important Research Centres including Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage Research, ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub, Particulate Fluids Processing Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. A total of 90 PhD students and around 30 postdoctoral fellows are employed across these research areas.
Our strong collaborations with industry, government and community partners inform our teaching and research programs with real-world requirements. Industry engagement is a key focus area for the Department.
We carry out research projects based on deep collaborations with government and business. We work with organisations that provide internship project opportunities for students.
We offer four Masters of Engineering degrees (Chemical, Chemical with Business, Biochemical, and Materials) to over 250 students, as well as an undergraduate major within the Bachelor of Science.
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The first graduates in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne completed their course in 1952.