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Graduate Students

Neil Forbes

Graduate Program Director
forbes [at]
(413) 577-0132

Marie Wallace

Graduate Program Secretary
wallace [at]
(413) 545-6164

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Graduate Recruitment day to be determined...

If you have applied to the Graduate Program, you will be contacted by Marie Wallace by email, as the date gets closer.



The Chemical Engineering Graduate Program will no longer consider the GRE as part of the application package.


How to apply:

The Department welcomes applications from prospective graduate students for Fall admission only. The deadline for both MS and PhD applications is January 15. Please specify which program you are applying for when you submit your application (MS or PhD).  The application fee for 2022 is estimated to be $85.

New: The graduate school at UMass Amherst is waiving the application fee for any Master's Program applicants from all undergraduate students from the Five College Consortium (including UMass students).

An online application form can be found by visiting the website of the Graduate School:

All additional materials should be sent to the Admissions Office at the Graduate School, NOT the Department.   No exceptions.


Please direct all application materials to:

Graduate Admissions Office

Mailing Address:
534 Goodell Building
University of Massachusetts
140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9333

Phone: (413)-545-0722 (8:30 AM-5:00 PM M-F)

Fax for Application Materials: (413)-577-0010

Email for Admissions:

Graduate School’s FAQ section:


Graduate Research

Current areas of Ph.D. research in the Department of Chemical Engineering receive support at a level of over $4 million per year through external research grants. Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

Bioengineering: cellular engineering;  metabolic engineering ; targeted bacteriolytic cancer therapy; synthesis of small molecules; systems biology; biopolymers; nanostructured materials for clinical diagnostics, synthetic biology and cancer immunotherapy.

Catalysis and Sustainable Energy: conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals; catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass; microkinetics; microwave reaction engineering; biorefining; high-throughput testing; reactor design and optimization; fuel cells; energy engineering.

Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena: biofluid dynamics and blood flow; hydrodynamics of microencapsulation; mechanics of cells, capsules, and suspensions; modeling microscale flows and transport phenomena; hydrodynamic stability and pattern formation; interfacial flows; gas-particle flows.

Materials Science and Nanotechnology: design and characterization of new catalytic materials; nanostructured materials for nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics; graphene and carbon nanomaterials; synthesis and characterization of microporous and mesoporous materials; colloids and biomaterials; membranes; biopolymers; rheology and phase behavior of associative polymer solutions; polymeric materials processing.

Molecular and Multi-scale Modeling & Simulation: computational quantum chemistry and kinetics; molecular modeling of nanostructured materials; molecular-level behavior of fluids confined in porous materials; molecular-to-reactor scale modeling of transport and reaction processes in materials synthesis; atomistic-to-continuum scale modeling of thin films and nanostructures; systems-level analysis using stochastic atomic-scale simulators; modeling and control of biochemical reactors;  nonlinear process control theory.

Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena:  biofluid dynamics and blood flow; hydrodynamics of microencapsulation; mechanics of cells, capsules, and suspensions; modeling of microscale flows; hydrodynamic stability and pattern formation; interfacial flows; gas-particle flows.

To see the faculty member groupings, visit

To see publications by faculty and gradaute students, visit


The Department occupies instructional, research and administrative space in four buildings in close proximity: the Goessmann Laboratory, the Conte National Center for Polymer Research, the Engineering Laboratory II (Elab II), and the newly opened Life Sciences Laboratories Building (LSL).  


Chemical Engineering FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) can be found HERE.




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