Research Facilities

Departmental Research and Development Facility

The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering has a fully-staffed research and development facility. Ask the manager, Paul Rodriguez, what they do and he'll tell you "we build cool things."

Rodriguez and his team agree that the best part of their jobs is that "the work is challenging and always changing." This work includes everything from designing the working parts of experiments to building the experiments themselves, putting them in functional order, and maintaining their performance.

The research and development facility staff is experienced in the design and fabrication of experimental equipment for the department with over $1.5 million worth of equipment available. It is equipped with CNC turning, CNC milling, automated surface grinding, water-jet, laser engraver, overarm spindle polisher, and all conventional machine shop equipment. The staff is experienced in design software such as SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCad, and the latest CAD/CAM software.

ChE Computing

Our resources include LAN with more than 120 PCs and one network administrator.

The undergraduate student labs include teaching experiments utilizing control systems from Nation Instruments, Fisher-Rosemont, and Honeywell TPS.

The department also has extensive experimental and diagnostic facilities in the areas of environmental processes, catalytic and solid-state surface characterization, and materials processing.

Specialized Facilities

Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices—a synchrotron radiation source in the UV and X-ray regions for analytical techniques such as XAFS/XANES, UPS high resolution XRD, microtomography, and microfabrication.


High Performance Computing—graduate students have access to Intel Sandy Bridge- and Ivy Bridge-based supercomputers delivering a combined performance exceeding 1 Petaflop.

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