Prairie View A&M University Chemical Engineering Department has faculty engaged in a wide array of research projects ranging from reservoir transport modeling and simulation, process safety, pollution and prevention, technology assessment, etc. to very fundamental research in nanotechnology, nuclear radiation,  life sciences, membrane separation, bioprocess, molecular simulation and engineering education- to name a few. The ultimate goal of the research performed in our Department is to positively impact society by providing new knowledge, improved technologies, and the advancement of science and technology in today’s global world. An additional benefit is that many of our undergraduate student’s are actively engaged in authentic, basic research, thereby enhancing their basic understanding of complex principles.

Research Centers and Groups:

In addition to independent faculty research groups, the department has partnership in two National Science Foundation (NSF) research centers and two major projects with Texas A&M University. A brief description of each project is provided below.  Additional information about each project can be assessed via the link provided.

Multi-disciplinary research partnership of Prairie View A & M University Chemical Engineering Department, the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Division of Medicinal & Natural Products Chemistry at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas, working on the Biocatalysis Test Bed of the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC).  Faculty:  Dr. Osborne-Lee and Dr. Gyamerah

Multi-disciplinary research partnership of Prairie View A & M University team with Dr. Raul Cuero of CARC as PI, awarded $1 million by NSF as part of the NSF funded $16 million Synthetic Biology Engineering `Research Center (SynBERC) with University of California, Berkeley as lead Institution, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, University of California, San Francisco, CA and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA as Core Partner Institutions. Faculty:  Dr. Gyamerah

Multi-disciplinary research partnership of Prairie View A&M Chemical Engineering and Computer Science Departments with faculty from the College of Education and Human Development to identify and examine factors that impact the success of African American students enrolled in STEM disciplines at HBCUs.  The study titled, “An Empirical Investigation of the Success Factors Impacting African-American Students in Engineering and Technology at Historically Black Universities,” is a $1 million, three-year education research project funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Faculty: Dr. Nave

Prairie View A&M University established a nuclear engineering educational and research program (Panther Pipeline Program) in 2003 within the Department of Chemical Engineering. The main objective of this program is to provide opportunities to our students in the field of nuclear engineering and radiation science. The program funded through DOE office of Nuclear Energy is supported by additional funds from DOE-NNSA, NASA, and other agencies. Established in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is one of the leading HBCU institutions with an ABET accredited engineering department. Faculty:  Dr. Osborne-Lee

Core Research Areas

The department has identified four core research areas to focus, expand, and strengthen its capabilities and expertise. There are currently funded projects in each of these areas within the department. Please access our Research Matrix to examine our different research areas and where each of our research faculty works.

  • Biotechnology
    • Bioseparations
    • Biocatalysis
    • Bioprocess
    • Biofuels
    • Biomedical
    • Biomaterials
  • Energy
    • Nuclear
    • Hydrogen
  • Materials
    • Coefficient of Expansion – Effect of Temperature
    • Coefficient of Friction – Effect of Temperature
    • Crystallization
    • Nanosuspensions
  • Safety & Environment
    • Flash Point – Measurement and Prediction


The Department of Chemical Engineering is housed on the second floor of the C.L. Wilson Building Complex.  Chemical Engineering Laboratories are located in the Gilchrist Building.