School of Chemical Engineering

Professor Vicki Chen

The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in chemical engineering and has an excellent reputation in teaching & research, built over 100 years.

Our School is the top ranked School in Australia, placed 24th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings for Chemical Engineering. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise, we were awarded the highest possible rating for research performance in chemical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering, industrial biotechnology & nanotechnology.

With 38 academic staff, including 20 Professors, we provide quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. We teach in the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental, materials and metallurgical engineering, and into postgraduate programs in growing fields including water, energy and petroleum engineering. The School’s approach to project-centred, team-based and problem-based learning has been recognised as global best practice.

Our academic and research staff are engaged in pioneering research transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries, in diverse areas such as bioengineering, nanomaterials and nanoscale science and technology, polymers, food, energy and environment, minerals processing and metallurgy, and waste and water resource management.

Close industry partnerships ensure this research is relevant and results in a robust balance of pure and applied research in the School. This is reflected in the School’s outstanding track record of attracting industry and Australian Research Council funding for research projects, industry chairs, and fellowships.

Professor Peter Halley

Head of School
School of Chemical Engineering