Research

The School of Chemical Engineering is a proud leader in its field with more than 100 years of experience across education, research and development. The School also has strong ties to the process industries and offers expert consulting in Australia and around the world.

UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked 33rd globally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject and received the highest possible rating in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment in the areas of materials engineering, environmental engineering, nanotechnology, environmental and industrial biotechnology.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, the School strives to offer transformational experiences to its students, and provides its researchers with the support and opportunities they require to perform with excellence. The tight-knit ‘UQ Chem Eng’ alumni community are very engaged in the continuing development of this world-class school, providing important connections to industry and philanthropic support to advance outcomes that will positively change the world.

Top 33 Globally

Ranked 33 globally
in chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2019

Top 2 Globally

Ranked 5th in the world
in mining & mineral engineering

QS World University Rankings 2019

Top university in Australia

Top university in Australia
for environmental engineering research

ERA National Report 2018

Our research strengths

UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering is home to 17 professors, including an ARC Laureate Professor, Professor George Zhao; and to several industry-funded research centres, including the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, Rio Tinto Bauxite and Alumina Technology Centre, and The Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre.

5stars  UQ Chemical Engineering received the highest ranking (5/5) for research performance.*

* ERA 2018