Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Chemical Engineering

General Information

Degrees Offered



Clemson University offers both the MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. Students may specialize in research areas including advanced materials, energy, biotechnology, or chemical processing. The department offers strong research programs in biotechnology, polymer processing, rheology, fiber and film formation, supercritical fluids, separation processes, and kinetics and catalysis. The research activities of these groups encompass most of the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as several of the newer areas such as advanced materials, biosensors, bioresource conversion and molecular simulation.

Students may be accepted with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, or branches of engineering other than chemical engineering. Special programs are available for nonchemical engineering graduates.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Scott Husson)

Application Requirements


You may apply on the web at To apply for Clemson’s graduate programs in chemical and biomolecular engineering, you must submit an application, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members and unofficial transcripts of all college work - official transcripts are required after acceptance. You must also have satisfactory GRE scores, and if you are not an American citizen, satisfactory TOEFL scores. Applicants are accepted at any time, but to be considered for all financial aid possibilities, you should apply by early January for the fall semester or early September for the spring semester.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Scott Husson)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

If you are accepted into the graduate program, you will receive financial support. In addition to earning a competitive stipend as a graduate assistant, you will also have numerous opportunities at the University level for supplemental fellowships. If you have a graduate research assistantship, you will work on funded research projects related to your thesis work. Assistantships offered to new students are set at competitive rates each year and are paid on a 12-month basis. Receipt of a graduate assistantships qualifies you for reduced tuition rates. Offers of financial aid for each academic year start by the end of February and continue as long as funds are available. You should apply by early January to ensure full consideration in the awards process.

Current Program

Our Students

The graduatestudent body in the department consists of approximately 40 PhD students and 0-5 MS students. In addition to US citizens, there are students from Asia, Africa and South America, which helps to create an excellent, diverse learning environment.


The department offers strong research programs in advanced materials, biotechnology, energy and reaction engineering. The research activities of these groups encompass the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as several of the newer areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Advanced Materials: Advanced materials is a very active area of research in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Clemson University. Major areas of research within advanced materials areBiomaterials, Chemical Sensors, Composites, Conducting Polymers, Directed Assembly, Interfacial Engineering, Membranes, Molecular Modeling and Simulation, Nanomaterials, Nanoscale Design of Catalysts, Polymer Fibers and Films, and Self Assembly. Professors Bruce, Getman, Guiseppi-Elie, Hirt, Husson, Kitchens, Ogale, Roberts, Sarupria and Thies all study advanced materials.

Biotechnology: Within biotechnology, a variety of more specific areas can be studied including Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips, Biocatalysis, Biological Self-assembly, Biopolymers, Biorefining, Bioseparations,Protein & Metabolic Engineering, and Renewable Resources. Professors Blenner, Guiseppi-Elie, Hirt, Husson and Sarupria all study biotechnology.

Energy: As energy becomes a global issue, a number of ChBE faculty are focusing their research on improving current energy sources while also looking to alternative energy sources. Major areas of research include Biofuels Synthesis, Biorefining, Carbon Capture, Energy Storage, Gas Hydrates, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Hydrogen Production and Storage, Quantum and Molecular Modeling, Nanotechnology Reaction Engineering, Sustainable Engineering, and Water Purification. Professors Blenner, Bruce, Getman, Gooding, Husson, Kitchens, Ogale, Roberts, Sarupria and Thies all study energy issues.

Process and Reaction Engineering: Although a more traditional area of chemical engineering, chemical processing is an essential part of much of the research that takes place in the department. The main areas of interest are separations, kinetics and catalysis, process design and analysis and product design. Professors Bruce, Gooding, Husson and Thies all utilize chemical processing in their daily research.

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