Otto LabChemical engineering faculty and students participate in a range of research. They play an active role in many labs and partnerships.

Rhode Island Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Established by Congress, the  consortium is a joint initiative between the University of Rhode Island and Brown University focused on enhancing Rhode Island’s competitiveness in nanoscience and nanotechnology by fostering research collaboration, building infrastructure and promoting corporate investment. Visit the consortium’s website.

University of Rhode Island Transportation Center

The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center conducts multidisciplinary education, research, technology transfer, and outreach for surface transportation systems and advanced transportation infrastructure. Visit the center’s website.

URI Forensic Science Partnership

The partnership brings together University faculty and the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory to further research in evidence recovery, trace analysis, forensic biology, and drug and alcohol analysis. Visit the partnership’s website.


 Areas of Research Specialization

  • Biochemical Engineering:  Reactors, purification methods, degradation, and chemical production.
  • Bionanotechnology:  Hybrid bio/nano materials, drug delivery, biomolecular processes, nanocomposite hydrogels and microparticles, sensors and devices.
  • Energy Engineering:  Analysis of energy systems, multiphase flow and water conservation.
  • Environmental Engineering:  Separation methods, heavy metal removal, solvent recovery, hazardous waste minimization, and desalination.
  • Materials Engineering:  Corrosion and erosion, electronic materials processing, ceramic processing, polymer films, conducting polymers and thin film materials and sensors.
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering:  Dry powder processing, production of particle-based therapeutics, engineering of therapeutic particles, and treatment of diseases.
  • Polymer Engineering:  Thermophysical properties of polymers, polymer process modeling and control, and molecular modeling.
  • Process Simulation:  Process design, optimization, and analysis; process control; numerical methods.
  • Surface, Interfacial and Colloidal Phenomena:  Soft and hard colloids, nano composites, and imaging techniques.



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