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Washington State University
The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering


Leader in Catalysis Research

In the past decade, the WSU Voiland School has become one of the nation’s top chemical engineering programs in catalysis with high-impact research in transformational energy technologies. Catalysts are critically important to more than 35% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and are a vital key to our economic, environmental, and public health.


The Voiland School faculty and students collaborate extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In addition, the school has developed education partnerships with the University of Alaska and with China’s Chambroad Holding Co., Ltd. to train students, including more than 60 doctoral students, in chemical engineering.

  • National Leader in Catalysis Research
  • Cutting-edge Biofilm Research
  • PNNL Collaboration
  • Student Entrepreneurship
  • 60+ PhD Students
  • From 99 to over 400 undergraduate students since 2009

Biofilm Engineering

  • Electrochemically active biofilms
  • Biofilm engineering for health, environment and energy

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  • Musculoskeletal mechanics
  • Mammalian cellular mechanics

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Catalysis & Kinetics

  • Biofuels
  • Fuel cells
  • Bioremediation
  • Catalyst characterization,
    testing, and design
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Systems modeling

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Engineering Education

  • Integrated multidisciplinary design education
  • Hands-on learning
  • Engineers in the K–12 classroom
  • K–12 teachers in the engineering laboratory

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Protein Molecular Engineering

  • Protein separation, purification and characterization
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Drug mechanisms

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  • Ion selective electrodes
  • Biomolecular and biomarker sensors
  • Chemical sensors

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