Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Although Chemical Engineering has existed for only 100 years, its name is no longer completely descriptive of this dynamic profession. The work of the chemical engineer is not restricted to the chemical industry, chemical changes, or chemistry. Instead, modern chemical engineers are concerned with all the physical, chemical, and biological changes of matter that can produce an economic product or result that is useful to humankind.


227 Chemical Building
P.O. Box 116005
Gainesville, FL 32611-6005

Administration & Advising

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos
Chair & Professor

Spyros Svoronos
Undergraduate Coordinator

What do Chemical Engineers do?

The education of the chemical engineer is based on the fundamental sciences of physics, chemistry and biology, on mathematical and computer techniques, and on basic engineering principles. This background makes the chemical engineer extremely versatile and capable of working in a variety of industries: chemical, biochemical, petroleum, materials, microelectronics, environmental, food processing, consumer products, consulting and project management. It is also good preparation for law and medical schools.

Source: UF Catalog

Research Program

Department experimental environments range from ultrahigh vacuum to extreme static pressures, from liquid helium to refractory melting temperatures. Species include electrons, simple molecules, salts, detergents, polymers, semi-conductors, and bacteria. Analyses range from the distribution of aqueous solutes in porous electrodes to the complex reaction mechanisms in thin-film deposition.