Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in chemical engineering is a structured yet versatile program tailored to individual research interests. Students are challenged to become experts in their area of research, aiding advancements in areas such as:

  • fuel and energy production,
  • bimolecular energy,
  • materials,
  • nanotechnology,
  • and many others.

Our program is ideal for engineers who wish to gain an expert understanding of the principals and philosophies of chemical engineering and learn the skills to become confident and independent researchers. Strong interdisciplinary research ties at Penn State also allow students to interact with experts in nearly every field.

In addition, we offer full financial support to all Ph.D. students making satisfactory progress toward their degree. This financial package includes tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and healthcare benefits.

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2018

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Contact Information 

Ali Borhan
Professor of Chemical Engineering
M.S. Program Coordinator

Christian Pester
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Xueyi Zhang
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Seong Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator

Cathy Krause
Graduate Staff Assistant




The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574