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Research that matters.  Training that motivates.  Careers that inspire.

Undergraduate students work at CEBC with faculty in chemistry and chemical engineering departments at the University of Kansas. Just as sustainable chemicals are in demand, our students are sought by chemical companies as both interns and employees.  We welcome inquiries from interested students throughout the academic year.  Join us.

Why join CEBC as an undergrad? 

You can make a world of difference by changing how chemicals are manufactured.  Join CEBC to invent waste-preventing catalysts and novel ways to save energy, minimize hazards, and use renewable materials.  Our students participate in teams across different departments, oftentimes with chemical company partners. With this unrivaled training, you will be prepared for a future job market where "green" catalysis and engineering are in high demand, as highlighted in this article in the journal Nature

Gain a Competitive Edge

Why choose CEBC?  According to Tom Binder, Vice President for Research at Archer Daniels Midland, "The reason is simple: the CEBC is an internationally recognized leader in catalytic technologies."  In addition to research, by joining CEBC you will:

  • Engage in innovative workshops, conferences
  • Spur innovation at world-class facilities with >$4 million in equipment
  • Have a chance to develop patentable innovations
  • Train with internationally renowned faculty and staff
  • Learn how to assess the environmental and economic impact of new technologies
  • Enhance employability by networking with chemical companies
  • Cultivate proper lab skills with advanced safety training in line with industrial practices

Invent a greener future: Example research projects

  • Revolutionary spray reactor for oxidation reduces substrate burning in production of plastic precursors.
  • A novel approach to hydroformylation -- adding aldehydes to chemical intermediates -- for a greener, cheaper route to numerous products, such as detergents, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc.
  • Use nanotechnology to make drop-in replacements for petrochemicals from renewable feedstocks.
  • Cost-effective and durable catalysts for ethylene oxidation to lessen the environmental impact of this $30 billion/year chemical building block for detergents, antifreeze, plastics, etc.
  • Computational modeling methods to optimize chemical processes and speed commercialization of new technologies as part of the NSF/EPA Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis program.

Partner with Chemical Companies

To launch innovations from lab to marketplace, CEBC partners with chemical companies (>20 total), giving our students an unparalleled education experience.  Twice a year, CEBC faculty and students discuss their research progress with industry partners at a formal one and half day Industry Advisory Board meeting. These frequent interactions with company representatives help students gain insight into corporate research and development. Oral and poster presentations sharpen communications skills. Most important, students graduate with excellent networking contacts for future employment.

How to join CEBC? 

Undergraduate students can become affiliated with CEBC at anytime during the academic year.  You can choose to do research for course credit or apply for a paid research opportunity.  Start by contacting CEBC faculty mentors directly.  If you have questions, please contact Claudia Bode, Education Director, University of Kansas,; (785) 864-1647.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

A limited number of paid research opportunities are available for undergraduate students as part of 10-week-long summer programs at The University of Kansas in the following departments:


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