Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department
99% Placement in 1st Six Months
99% Graduate Student Placement
Graduate Student Placement Class of '23
Clarkson University students are highly sought after and our placement rates and early career salaries (on average over $70K) prove it. Each year, our award-winning Parker Career Center hosts two career fairs, bringing in top employers from across the country to Potsdam to recruit our students for internships, co-ops and full time employment.
According to PayScale, the average chemical engineer's salary is currently above $70,000 with the highest being $80,000. A bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson starts graduates out strong.
of students decide to continue their education in various post secondary programs.
of our graduates seek alternative positions like the military.
Professor Ross Taylor
- Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy
- Fellow of The Electrochemical Society
Professor Selma Mededovic Thagard, Bethany Almeida and Ian McCrum
- New Research awards from the National Science Foundation in 2022-2023 to
investigate plasma engineering, examine stem cells to treat disease and
Professor Simona Liguori and Taeyoung Kim
- Department of Energy awards, one for the study of hydrogen membrane
separation to aid renewable hydrogen and the other for nutrient capture
from waste waters
Professor Jihoon Seo, Ross Taylor, Sita Krishnan and Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy
- Industrially supported research projects
Faculty Award Spotlight
Dr. Liguori’s new DOE award investigates a new avenue to produce clean and renewable hydrogen from biomass gasification, as well as hydrogen separation, through use of novel membranes.
Dr. Kim’s new US Bureau of Reclamation award investigates a unique water desalination approach to use less energy to produce clean, fresh water.
With the support of several other industrial grants, Dr. Seo is leading the way in development of CMP slurries and post-CMP cleaning solutions through a fundamental understanding of colloid and surface chemistry, liquid–solid interface chemistry, and the electrochemistry of various metallic and dielectric thin films and heterogeneous structures containing them. Recent slurry research for copper, tungsten, cobalt, and the dielectric in semiconductors are underway with collaborations with other chemical engineering faculty including Dr. Krishnan and Dr. Podlaha-Murphy.
Travel award by The Electrochemical Society to attend their annual meeting
(Advisor: E. Podlaha-Murphy)
Best Poster award, SPIE AL 23 Advanced Etch Technology and Process Integration for Nanopatterning XII conference
(Advisor: S. Mededovic Thagard)
Mohammad Hasibul Hasan
Kokes Travel Award to attend the North American Catalysis Society
(Advisor: Ian McCrum)
Student Visits to Local Industry
Dr. Jihoon Seo lead a group visit to IBM where undergraduate and graduate students were able to see actual work environments for chemical engineers.
Clarkson's 2022 team placed in the regional American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competition and traveled to Arizona for nationals!
Lauren Olesky wins 3rd place Best Poster Award at the NAMS Conference
Undergraduate student Lauren Olesky won third place in the student poster awards at the 2023 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She also won the Dreyfus-Baltus travel award and the NAMS Undergraduate Student Travel Award. (Poster title: "Synthesis of Zinc Chloride Membranes for Potential Ammonia Separation;" Authors: Lauren Oleksy, Moses Adejumo, and Simona Liguori)
Research & Facilities
Our research and lab facilities are state-of-the art and unique. Our undergraduate education is supported by a 9-inch diameter glass-walled continuous distillation column, equipped with twelve stainless steel sieve trays, a steam-heated partial reboiler, and a vented total condenser, a 20-liter batch distillation column, a packed bed column, a forced circulator double effect evaporator system, a pilot-scale mixing unit, a reverse osmosis water desalination system, and a supercritical fluid extractor. In addition to research resources at the Clarkson Centers, the faculty maintain an x-ray fluorescence system, direct-in-liquid plasma reactors, reactors with specialized catalytic metallic membranes, an analytical differential electrochemical mass spectroscopy (DEMS), potentiostats/galvanostats, bioreactors, an atomic force microscope (AFM), a chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) tool and more.
Clarkson University's undergraduate aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and software engineering programs and undergraduate engineering and management program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Read more on Engineering Program Objectives.
Recent Faculty Publications
Professor Selma Mededovic Thagard and her team recently published a paper in the Chemical Engineering Journal entitled: “Caffeine degradation in a plasma-liquid reactor with the lateral liquid flow: Elucidating the effects of mass transport on contaminant removal.” The team identified phenomena to design, control and operate efficient plasma reactors for water treatment using caffeine degradation as a model contaminant. As caffeine is destroyed at the plasma-water interface a diffusional flux is created to drive the caffeine towards to the surface to be further destroyed. The implications to extend these results to other organic contaminants is immense.