Jul 15, 2024  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) originated from the Audubon Sugar School (1897) and our graduate program was initiated in 1908. Today, the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering is a nationally recognized leader in education and research in the areas of chemical manufacturing, fuel processing, energy, environmental engineering, biochemical engineering, advanced computation, process systems engineering, catalysis, and materials. Graduate students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment, extensive experimental and diagnostic facilities, and advanced computing systems. After graduation, chemical engineering graduates engage in careers in academia or national labs and industry research.


John Flake, Chair
Michael G. Benton, Director of Graduate Studies
Rachel Landry, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
TELEPHONE 225-578-1426
FAX 225-578-1476
E-MAIL relandry@lsu.edu
WEBSITE lsu.edu/eng/che


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts (along with an English translation version for non-English speaking universities) from each and every institution attended, official GRE scores (sent directly from ETS to the LSU Graduate School code 6373), official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (for international students whose native language is not English), and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: LSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

In addition to the documents and scores required by the Graduate School, the Department of Chemical Engineering requires applicants to submit the following items: a statement of purpose, a current resumé/CV, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation (no form required). A writing sample is not required by our department but may be submitted if the applicant so desires. All of these additional items should be submitted electronically through the Graduate School admission system. Direct mailing of these items is discouraged.

Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School and the department. Applications for the summer term are strongly discouraged. International students are strongly encouraged to apply earlier than established deadlines to allow sufficient time for application review and processing of I-20 paperwork. Complete applications received by January 1 will be given first consideration.

Meeting the minimum admission requirements established by the Graduate School does not necessarily ensure acceptance into the program. Applications for admission are evaluated by the department graduate admissions committee on a competitive basis. Each applicant is assessed for success at the graduate level, taking into consideration academic credentials, undergraduate preparation, research skills, industry experience, recommendations, GRE scores, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (for international students whose native language is not English), and any other information that can contribute to the review. Program admission is also dependent on the availability of department funding, office/laboratory space, and faculty interest.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to well-qualified students through the department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships and/or fellowships and is awarded at the discretion of the department graduate admissions committee following the complete evaluation of the student’s application record. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines established by the LSU Graduate School and the department. Students desiring financial support should apply early, have all requested documents sent to the department, and fully communicate their own status and needs.

Graduate Faculty

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Christopher G. Arges (6A) • Electrochemical engineering, membrane separations, lithography, polymer self-assembly, water-energy nexus
Michael G. Benton (M) • Genomics, biochemical engineering, metabolic engineering, biosensors
Bhuvnesh Bharti (6A) • Nanoscience, colloids and surface science, soft matter and complex fluids
Armando B. Corripio (EM) • Process control, mathematical modeling, simulation, optimization, computer-aided process design
Kunlun Ding (6A) • Catalysis, materials chemistry, spectroscopy
Kerry M. Dooley (M) • Heterogeneous catalysis, high-pressure separations
James Dorman (6A) • Electron transport and recombination, surface chemistry, energy efficient materials, nanomaterials, energy conversion
John C. Flake (M) • Electrochemical processing and materials, energy conversion and storage, microelectronic device fabrication
Gregory L. Griffin (M) • Electrochemical processing and materials, heterogeneous catalysis, CO2 utilization
Douglas P. Harrison (EM) • Reaction engineering, kinetics of gas-solid reactions
F. Carl Knopf (EM) • Supercritical fluid extraction, ultrafast kinetics
Edward McLaughlin (EM) • Thermodynamic and transport properties, high pressure gas solubilities, statistical mechanics, properties of synfuels
Kevin Michael McPeak (6A) • Photocatalysis, plasmonic materials, nanoscale chirality
Adam T. Melvin (6A) • Biochemical engineering, biosensors, microfluidics, point of care diagnostics, single cell analysis, chemical biology
K. Nandakumar (M) • Computational Fluid Dynamics, modeling of multiphase flows, Process Innovation
Ralph Pike (EM) • Fluid dynamics, reaction engineering with chemical reactions, optimization
Geoffrey L. Price (EM) • Heterogeneous catalysis, surface chemistry, solid state spectroscopy, zeolites
Danny D. Reible (EM) • Transport phenomena in the environment and in polymers, fluid mechanics
Jose A. Romagnoli (M) • Process Systems Engineering, optimization
William A. Shelton (M) • Catalysis, chemical dynamics, surface chemistry, alloy theory
James J. Spivey (M) • Catalysis
Arthur M. Sterling (EM) • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer, combustion, laser diagnostics, hazardous waste incineration
Louis J. Thibodeaux (EM) • Chemodynamics, hazardous waste transport and management
Karsten E. Thompson (M) • Pore-scale and multiscale modeling of transport in porous media, computational methods
Kalliat T. Valsaraj (M) • Environmental chemical engineering, applied surface chemistry, environmental transport, mass transfer separation processes
Mary Julia Wornat (M) • Fuels, pyrolysis, combustion
Ye Xu (6A) • Computational heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis, surface chemistry, energy conversion and storage


    Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of Science in Chemical Engineering