Video: From Water Purification to Better Batteries, Notre Dame Engineers are Advancing Research for the Good of the World

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) has long been a strong area of research at Notre Dame, with historical expertise in catalysis, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, and thermodynamics. But with significant University investment in faculty hiring – including the plan to hire eight new faculty members in CBE alone – plus the development of a new 220,000 square foot research building, McCourtney Hall, to support some areas of research in CBE, the department has entered a significant growth period.

Speaking about the department’s momentum, as well as its ethos, Department Chair, Edward Maginn, Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies, said, “People have said that we are in a new golden age of chemical engineering and I believe that is true, especially here at Notre Dame. The world is facing a number of challenges – energy, the environment, sustainability, water – and these are all issues that chemical and biomolecular engineers can help to solve. Not only are our students and faculty committed to tackling these global challenges, as well as many others, but the University also supports the CBE department in developing and evolving as a place full of excitement, growth, and energy.”

Maginn talks about some of the research projects that CBE is tackling alongside his colleagues William Phillip, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, William Schneider, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Jennifer Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in a new video.

To watch the video, which is part of the Advancing Research series, and learn more about CBE at Notre Dame, please click here.

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world.

Originally published by Joanne Fahey at on November 10, 2015.