Research Programs & Laboratory Facilities

The Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department has excellent programs and facilities for courses and student research.

Microscale Process Engineering Laboratory (MPEL)

Provides hands-on learning experiences in process engineering, microfabrication, and device testing. The laboratory is available for research by student, faculty and external users. Also, students enrolled in MatE/EE129, MatE/EE 165, MatE/ME/EE 189, MatE/ChE166 and EE225A use this laboratory.

Materials Characterization and Metrology Center [MC]²

Provides a wide variety of materials imaging and chemical analysis capabilities for numerous applications throughout science and engineering. The laboratory is available for research by student, faculty and external users. Also, students enrolled in MatE 143, MatE 144, and MatE 145 use this laboratory.

Biochemical Engineering Program

Blends traditional engineering with subjects in the biological sciences using specially developed biochemical engineering courses and labs. The laboratory is available for research students and students enrolled in ChE 194.


  • Photovolotaic (solar cell) processing and electrical testing is done in the MPEL
  • Fuel cell fabrication and testing
  • Biofuels synthesis

Biomedical and Biomaterials

  • Bacterial and mammalian cell culture
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometry facilities
  • Contact angle measurement

Polymers and Composites

  • Wet benches for processing
  • Extruder

Mechanical Testing

  • Instron
  • Rockwell hardness
  • Charpy Impact
  • Cold rolling
  • 4 Point Bend
  • Annealling furnaces

Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory

  • 2 Applikon computer-controlled fermentors
  • On-line process gas mass spectrometer
  • Agilent 1100 LC/MSD
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer System
  • HPLC-diode array spectrometer
  • UV/Vis spectrometer
  • GC
  • Eppendorf Mastercycler Gradient PCR
  • Incubator/shakers
  • Incubator
  • DNA Electrophoresis and SDS-PAGE
  • Bioimaging system
  • Other supporting equipment

Support for the Laboratories has been provided by

  • Agilent Corporation
  • National Science Foundation (CCLI Award)
  • California State University Program in Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
  • Systemix (Novartis)
  • Gilead Pharmaceuticals
  • Dade Behring