Strategic Vision for Research
furthering our bold ideas for the future
There is no more exciting time to be a chemical engineer.
We have an ambitious vision for research at Michigan Chemical Engineering, one that builds upon our unique strengths, empowers our graduate and undergraduate students, engages and leverages the extraordinary community of scholars across the University of Michigan, and furthers our bold ideas for the future.
Our vision identifies three strategic directions that capture how Michigan Chemical Engineering is helping improve the human condition.
Matter By Design
ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN HEALTH
We are innovating across the continuum of care, improving patients’ lives through scientific and technological breakthroughs in prevention, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Together with our Michigan Medicine collaborators and our Biointerfaces Institute, and with ChE’s extensive nanobiotechnology cores and lab facilities, we are engineering new technologies and tools to rapidly bring life-saving products from benchtop to bedside.
ENGINEERING NET ZERO
We are driven by the most pressing challenge facing our planet – how to power the modern world without polluting it. And, how to ameliorate the pollution we’ve already caused by industrialization over the past 100 years. We are leaders in taking a molecular-level approach to designing distributed, sustainable systems that solve energy and environmental problems on a global scale.
From the Stone Age to the Silicon Age, our society has been shaped by the materials available to us. However, tomorrow’s world will not be shaped by the discovery of – or control over – a single new material. Instead, tomorrow’s materials will be integrated multimaterial systems designed and engineered from the bottom up. Michigan ChE is leading a revolution in transformative material design, building on our unique capabilities and leadership in nanoscience. Through a new $30M NSF-funded Science & Technology Center on Complex Particle Systems, Michigan ChE will lead the way in making designer materials, precisely designed and manufactured on demand, that have the potential to transform every industry and benefit every person on the planet.