Energy and Environment

As a growing society, we require energy to fuel the global economic growth that will lift many people out of poverty. We also need more water and clean air to meet the basic needs of our growing population.

This quest for an expanded energy supply includes research into solar cells, batteries, fuels from renewable biomass, and the environmentally responsible production and use of fossil energy resources. Research related to expanding water resources deals with desalination. At Penn State, we use experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to make major advances in this field.

Key Faculty



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

Phone: 814-865-2574