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CBE Department Chair Andre PalmerCBE Department Chair Andre Palmer

Greetings From Ohio State!


I am so pleased that you are visiting the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering via our website.

In these pages, you’ll find many interesting facts about our program, such as:



  • CBE's graduate program is ranked #23 in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of 120 chemical engineering programs in the nation.
  • Ohio State is ranked #29 in Reuters 2015 Top 100 - The World’s Most Innovative Universities.
  • Columbus, Ohio was named the “Most Intelligent City in the World” by the Intelligent Community Forum in 2015.
  • Columbus was named to Forbes’ “World’s Top 7 Smart Cities” list in 2015. 
  • Columbus was named to the Top Ten Cities for New College Grads list in 2013.

These rankings are just one indication of why we are proud of our program and its outstanding students, faculty, and alumni. Please read on!


Our Students

The average freshman ACT Composite score for incoming freshmen is 30.1 and the overall percentage of students participating in the honors program is 40.4%. Student retention in the freshman engineering honors program is high – 91.7%. 

These are exceptional numbers, and the number of awards our students have received reflects this. We couldn’t be more pleased to report that over the last ten years, our students have won a total of :

18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

5 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

2 Fulbright Scholarships, and

1 Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Students have abundant opportunities to participate in research in our new, state-of-the art facilities under the tutelage of some of the finest faculty in the profession.


Our Faculty

We have 21 tenure-track faculty, six emeritus faculty (two active), four clinical professors, and one research professor. The department is known for its award-winning teaching, and we are also proud of these key achievements:

  • Three members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Ten faculty have received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


Research Areas and Expenditures

There are vast opportunities for research and collaboration here at Ohio State, ranging from bioengineering to polymers and nanomaterials. Please visit our Research page for more information. You can also search for faculty and their research pages directly using the directory on the People page. 

Research achievements include:

  • World leader in chemical looping processes that conserve resources and reduce emissions;
  • Groundbreaking research in self-cleaving affinity tag technology for protein purification;
  • Leadership in nanobiotech and the development of magnetic quantum dots for diagnostics;
  • Innovative membranes for gas separations;
  • Immunomagnetic cell separation, cancer diagnostics and cell migration;
  • Tissue engineering and biomaterials for transfusion medicine;
  • Cutting-edge research in catalysis;
  • Polymer-based nanoengineering which has led to new materials and devices benefitting manufacturing processes and medical diagnostics;
  • Sustainable engineering.

Last year our research expenditures were $11,611,608 – an average of $547,000 per faculty.  Major funders include the Department of Energy, NIH, NSF, and DARPA.


About Ohio State

Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, it is also home to a diverse group of the best and brightest people in the world. The Ohio State University is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. 

Ohio State prides itself on establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. 


About Columbus, Ohio

Columbus offers a vibrant quality of life, economic prosperity, and a low cost of living: 6.3% below the national average.

Columbus is home to the highest metropolitan concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in America.

In naming Columbus the “Most Intelligent City in the World,” the think tank Intelligent Community Forum cited the city’s “rebirth of hope” and “revolutionary community” approach and relentless pursuit of new ideas. Columbus was selected after a year-long evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, site inspections, and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world.

Columbus was also included on Forbes’ 2015 list of the World’s Top 7 Smart Cities

Columbus and the Ohio State campus offer a multitude of green spaces, water and recreational activities, museums, music, art, cultural events, and, of course, some of the best football competitions seen in the world. There are numerous nearby attractions, including the Hocking Hills State Park, a national landmark.


Our Alumni

Graduating students have some of the best opportunities in the world awaiting them, as evidenced by our thousands of succesful alumni.   

In 2013, Columbus was named one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. for new college grads. Graduates are recruited by industry giants such as Intel, Shell, DuPont, General Mills, and many others, while other students continue on into academia at such institutions as Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon, and Northwestern University. Three of our alumni are now chemical engineering department chairs.


I hope this gives you a taste of what the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is all about. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Go Bucks!



Andre F. Palmer

Professor and Chair