The Chemical Engineering department aims to provide world-class education and research in chemical engineering and related disciplines to produce engineers and future leaders who are capable of meeting or exceeding the needs and expectations in business, industry, and academia in chemical engineering education, research, and development. This is accomplished by providing appropriate mechanisms for technical exchange, collaboration, and employment of students. The department currently offers a BSc, MSc, and PHD degrees in Chemical Engineering.

The Chemical Engineering department at KU ranked in the top 150 in the world by the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by subject. 

Career Opportunities

Chemical Engineers work in an industry, where physical transformation of matter takes place. Following is a list of industries they work:

  • in the manufacture of inorganic products such as acids, alkalis, ammonia, fertilizers, paint pigments, ceramics, semiconductors and other electronic materials
  • in the manufacture of organic products such as polymer fibers, films, coatings, textiles, cellulose, paper, dyes, explosives, rubber, rocket propellants, solvents, plastics, agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, coal-based fuels and petrochemicals
  • in the manufacture of materials such as graphite, calcium carbide, abrasives, or those in wet and dry batteries, fuel cells and more complex materials systems
  • in the electroplating, metallurgical and materials processing industries
  • in food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food
  • in the fermentation industry for the production of antibiotics, feed supplements and other biochemical products
  • in the field of biotechnology, where applications range from utilization of the activities of microorganisms and cultured cells, to enzyme engineering, to the manufacture of foods, and in the biomedical field to the design of prosthetic devices and artificial human organs
  • Chemical engineers are also particularly well suited for dealing with problems associated with the disposal of industrial wastes and other forms of pollution, as well as with environmental protection.
  • In addition, of course chemical engineering underlies most of the energy field, including the efficient production and utilization of coal, petroleum, natural gas, tar sand, oil shale, geothermal deposits, and nuclear energy.
  • There is also a high demand for new chemical technologies, the development of alternative carbon sources, like biofuels, batteries, and solar the integration of renewable energy in chemical production.

Most Chemical Engineers work in offices, laboratories, or industrial plants. Others may spend time outdoors at construction sites and oil and gas exploration and production sites, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems. Not all chemical engineers wear hard hats, nor do they work solely in chemical plants. Although the specific responsibilities of Chemical Engineers vary among industries — and even within companies. Typical functions include:

  • Plant Process Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Technical Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Regulatory Affairs Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Production Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Professor
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Sales and Marketing Engineers
  • Business Coordinator
  • Technical Services Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Application Technology Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
Career Specializations


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Academic Faculty

Dr. fawzi banat Professor, Department Chair
Dr. steve griffiths Professor of Practice, Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi Professor & Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Services
Prof. ali almansoori Professor, Associate Provost for Education
Dr. Hassan Arafat Professor & Senior Director of RIC in Graphene & 2D Materials (RIC-2D)
lourdes vega Professor, Director, Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH), Acting Senior Director, Petroleum Institute
Dr. shadi w. hasan Associate Professor, Director, Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology



Dr. ashfaq ahmad Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Fellow

The Chemical Engineering Department at Khalifa University is at the forefront of innovative and high impact, cutting-edge research activities. It hosts a variety of research programs in fundamental as well as applied research in various chemical engineering spectrums and field. Our research work have received various Abu Dhabi, UAE, GCC and international recognition. Our department family comprises of diverse, accomplished, internationally renowned and distinguished professor that are doing significant contribution from Khalifa university to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision of a sustainable knowledge-based economy.  Focus areas of the department research are as follows;

  • Applied and environmental engineering
  • Bimolecular and bioengineering
  • Catalysis and reaction engineering
  • Computational flow modeling
  • Colloid and surface science and interfacial engineering
  • Energy and fuel
  • Electrochemical and ectrolytic process
  • Flow assurance and enhanced oil recovery
  • Mass transport and separation technology
  • Nanotechnology and biomaterials
  • Numerical methods and computation
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Oil refinery and gas processing
  • Process simulation, modeling and optimization
  • Polymers and advanced materials
  • Sulfur based novel materials
  • Solar energy
  • Thermodynamics and molecular modeling

These areas represent key domains in which we like to offer expertise and research solutions. Our ultimate goal is to achieve practicable and pragmatic solutions, to offer the potential of creating new knowledge, and make important gains against the challenges faced by our shareholders and partners.  The following research centers are represented by department faculty members: