The department has been actively involved in promoting the interaction between researchers from academia and industry. The department sponsors or cosponsors symposia on a range of subjects related to Chemical Engineering . Among them are Symposium on Transport Phenomena (annually), Symposium on Computer Process Control (annually), Symposium on Nanomaterials and Electro-Optical Component Application, Symposium on Liquid Clarification Technology, Membrane Separation Workshop, Symposium on Sludge Management, Workshop on Chitosan, Workshop on Optical Communication Components and Materials, Workshop on Waterborne Resin, Workshop on Powder Coating Resin, Electrochemistry Workshop, Symposium on Economical Analysis of Chemical Engineering Processes, Symposium on LCD materials/Technology Development, Workshop on Ferroelectric memory, Crystallization Workshop, and others.


The department has been devoted in promoting and exploring research activities on new frontiers in various fields. Cooperative efforts have been achieved by the presence of interdisciplinary laboratories and centers within the department. The research areas of the department include the particulate technology, surface sciences, specialty chemicals for electronic materials, biotechnology, environmental protection and waste minimization. The department has published over 120 international journal papers each year. Collaborations with international research institutes are undergoing in various research fields of the department.


The department encourages inter-disciplinary research by combining the efforts of faculty in different fields. Several important research topics are listed below:


  1. Particulate technology and surface sciences: The particulate technology and surface sciences have close relationship to 70% of various industries. They are expected to be the key technologies for the industries in the 21st century. Research in this area includes the measurement and characterization of particles, investigations on colloids and surfaces, precise separation technology, and the fundamental and applied studies of future particulate materials. Based on this research area, the department has applied for the center of excellence from the Ministry of Education.

  3. Process system engineering: The application of process system engineering is related to the production of chemicals, development of new process, improvement of product purity, efficient use of energy, and the appropriate management of production process. Researches in our department includes process synthesis and design, process control, optimization and integration. Collaboration with international research institutes in this area has also been emphasized.

  5. Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) technology for deep submicron IC processes: CMP has become an essential technique in deep sub-micron IC processes. The research topics related to CMP in this department include: synthesis of ultrafine powder and slurry formulation, slurry stability and flow behavior, and mechanism study of polishing Cu and low dielectric constant materials.
  6. Reaction engineering and catalysis: Reaction engineering is essential to the traditional petroleum, polymerization, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as the recently developed electronic, biomedical and environmental industries. Research topics in our department involve the fluidization studies, gas-liquid-solid reactions, chemical vapor deposition process, and the investigation of zeolite catalyst.
  7. Biochemical and biomedical engineering: Biotechnology is the leading technology in the 21st century. The department has been actively involved in biotechnology-related research including animal and plant cell culture, immobilized enzyme, insect cell culture, shear effects on cells, bioseparation, transformation of plant cells, production of secondary metabolities, optimization of bioreactor operation, biomaterials, and production of isoamylase.
  8. Polymer science: Polymers have been widely used in the production of synthetic fibers, plastics, elastomers, adhesives, and resins. The research directions of the polymer group include polymers for microelectronics, polymers for optical communications, biomedical polymers, smart polymers, polymer composites, rheology and thermodynamics of polymer blends.
  9. Pollution prevention and cleaner production technology: Sustainable development will be important for the future of chemical engineering. Pollution prevention, waste minimization, plant safety and cleaner production technology are among the important research directions of our department. The projects involve the integrated research on sludge and waste water treatment using various approaches such as electrochemistry, supercritical fluid extraction, and electroosmosis. Process integration, molecular modeling, and nontraditional reaction and separation techniques are employed in our study and research.


Last Update: January 9, 2008