Research

Research Programs & Laboratory Facilities

The 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.

Energy

Photovolotaic (solar cell) processing and electrical testing is done in the MPEL

Fuel cell fabrication and testing

Biofuels synthesis

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