Working with government and industry is a pivotal part of what we do. Our industry partners provide platforms for translational research, they inform our teaching and they provide employment pathways for our students.
Understand how you can partner with us to undertake fundamental research, or to translate research results into full scale production.
- Student projects and internships
Host a student within your organisation, to assist with a specific project or to preview potential future graduate employees.Find out more
- Equipment and services
We offer a wide range of sophisticated analytical equipment and instrumentation; as well as analytical services; that can be accessed by external users.Find out more
- Our industry engagement
Our Industry Advisory Group and companies we have worked with ensure that our teaching and research is relevant to industry needs.Find out more
The department has a diverse range of exciting and innovative research programs, making it one of the highest ranked departments at the University of Melbourne and across Australia. A broad range of engineering disciplines are encapsulated across four main research themes.
The Department of Chemical Engineering has a diverse range of innovative research programs, which focus on these key engineering themes:
- Materials development
- Separations technology
- Surface chemistry and rheology
- Research projects
The following list represents a selection of projects belonging to our members.Find out more
- Summer Research Experience Program
A 10–12 week summer research program offered to Engineering and Science students. Students undertake research activity in the Department to gain valuable research and laboratory experience.Find out more
- Research labs and groups
Our research groups are world classFind out more
Chemical Engineering is concerned with developing and analysing process systems, which are strongly dependent upon chemistry and involve physical changes.
Chemical engineering involves industrial-scale processes in which materials undergo chemical or physical changes to produce things we need for everyday life. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement these processes to produce pharmaceuticals, metals, fuels, plastics, paper, fabric and biochemical processes.
Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
In the next few decades, Biochemical Engineering will provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in relation to energy, food and water.
Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells. You will learn to design novel bioprocesses that will have applications in the production of bioproducts as diverse as cosmetics, cheese, bioethanol, beer and drugs, led by international leaders in dairy innovation, bioremediation and biofuel production.
You will benefit from interaction with industry representatives and work on a design and a research project, which may take the form of an industrial placement. You will design novel bioproducts and bioprocesses that will have applications in food engineering, pharmaceutical production and environmental remediation or processes. This course will provide you with a formal qualification in biochemical engineering at the Masters level.
Master of Engineering (Chemical)
The Master of Engineering (Chemical) program is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement processes through which raw materials are converted into valuable products, such as petrol, power, ceramics, plastics, food additives and pharmaceuticals.
The program promotes development of practical, laboratory-based skills, combined with expertise in computing and simulation. Students develop their expertise under the guidance of staff known internationally for their research in areas such nanotechnology, bioremediation and solvent extraction. Students have the opportunity to complete an industry project in conjunction with a relevant industry partner.
Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business)
The Master of Engineering (with Business) is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level, with a business specialisation that recognises the need for engineers to understand the management and workings of modern professional organisations.
Graduates will have a grounding in financial, marketing and economic principles enabling them to work efficiently in any organisation, as well as the ability to apply the technical knowledge, creativity and team work skills learnt in their engineering training. This combination of knowledge and skills will be a powerful asset in the workplace.
Master of Engineering (Materials)
Materials underpin nearly all engineering applications. Materials engineering plays a significant role in a range of applications from developing new biomedical engineering devices, to creating sustainable energy solutions and better manufacturing processes and products.
By creating new materials or improving existing ones, materials engineers make a valuable contribution to the design of new products and devices and the improvement of existing ones. You will gain insight into the processing-structure-property relationships of a range of materials, such as metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials and composites. You will learn the fundamental concepts of atomic bonding, atomic scale structure, phase equilibria and methods of characterisation from materials engineering experts who are conducting world leading research in areas such as biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, polymers, ceramics, materials modelling and characterisation.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The MPhil is an internationally recognised masters by research program that provides strudents with the opoportunity to carry out an independant and sustained research project under supervision. Students will develop advanced research skills and techniques, and present findings in a document, scholarly format.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD is designed for students to demonstrate academic leadership, independence, creativity and innovation in their research work. In addition, professional doctoral studies provide advanced training designed to build expertise in a specialist area, while encouraging the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills. The PhD thesis demonstrates authority and contributes to knowledge in the candidate’s field. The PhD thesis is deeper and more comprehensive than that required by the MPhil.
Student study guide—Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
This handbook provides information at a glance and includes subject details, teaching responsibilities, sample programs and assesment details.
Prof Paul Webley
Head of Department
Prof Ray Dagastine
Deputy Head (Research & Engagement)
Assoc Prof Dalton Harvie
Deputy Head (Teaching)
The Department of Chemical Engineering is a large and successful department within the Melbourne School of Engineering. Our laboratories are housed across four locations including a substantially renovated main building, a second building devoted exclusively to research, two floors within the nearby Chemistry building, and a presence within the Bio21 Institute.
The department has a broad range of engineering strengths that are encapsulated across four main research themes: Materials Development; Separations Technology; Surface Chemistry and Rheology; and Bioengineering. We host several important Research Centres including Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage Research, ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub, Particulate Fluids Processing Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. A total of 90 PhD students and around 30 postdoctoral fellows are employed across these research areas.
Our strong collaborations with industry, government and community partners inform our teaching and research programs with real-world requirements. Industry engagement is a key focus area for the Department.
We carry out research projects based on deep collaborations with government and business. We work with organisations that provide internship project opportunities for students.
We offer four Masters of Engineering degrees (Chemical, Chemical with Business, Biochemical, and Materials) to over 250 students, as well as an undergraduate major within the Bachelor of Science.
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The first graduates in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne completed their course in 1952.