Institutes & Centers Affiliated with Chemical Engineering

The Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics
The Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics is an interdisciplinary research center for the study of fundamental problems of flow and transport in complex fluids, fluid-like media, and interfaces, including polymer melts and solutions, liquid crystals, granular materials, suspensions, colloids, and amphiphiles. Located at the City College of New York (CCNY), one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York, the Institute's six full-time faculty members are currently associated with the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Physics. All Levich Institute faculty, Ph.D. students, and research fellows are housed together in laboratories and offices in Steinman Hall.

The CUNY Energy Institute
The CUNY Energy Institute produces cutting-edge research and develops innovative sustainable energy technologies that have practical and economical applications. Led by the renowned chemical engineering professor Sanjoy Banerjee, the Institute offers world-class opportunities to top-notch students: the chance to work side-by-side with a multidisciplinary faculty from CUNY's New York City campuses, and to be part of one of the nation's most ambitious and innovative energy research organizations.

CREST Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low Dimensional Systems (IDEALS)
IDEALS was established in 2016 with a $5M grant from the CREST Program of the National Science Foundation, designed to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. Its aim is to address the national need for "accelerating the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced material systems" as stated in the Materials Genome Initiative.
Scientists and engineers from the City College of New York (CCNY) and their partners at Lehman College, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and Virginia Tech employ experimental, analytical and numerical modeling tools to design and discover complex novel materials with new and enhanced functionalities and integrate education and research to enhance these enterprises.
The overarching goal of IDEALS is to transform the doctoral and postdoctoral student experience in order to engender global and interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering leaders of the future, as delineated in the Strategic Plan of the Materials Genome Initiative, whose ranks will benefit fully from our society's diverse population.

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Project at the City College of New York
The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Project at the City College of New York, CUNY, is one of a total of 14 projects in the U.S. and one of 3 Engineering projects that was awarded funding in 2017 by the National Science Foundation under the PIRE Program managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering.
This project will investigate multiscale phenomena in complex, multiphase fluids vital to energy technologies, such as the production and processing of oil and gas, energy conversion and storage, refrigeration, heating and cooling. The PIRE Project is run by Masahiro Kawaji, Director of the PIRE Project and Professor at the City College of New York, in collaboration with faculty and collaborating partners in France, Germany and Norway.

NASA-CCNY Center for Advanced Batteries for Space
The NASA-CCNY Center for Advanced Batteries for Space (ABS) is a joint research and education center between The City College of New York (CCNY), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Northeastern University, and regional colleges, established to create a highly collaborative research network in electrochemical energy storage and train a diverse STEM workforce through a multifaceted student internship program. The Center will draw on CCNY’s expertise in novel battery development, minority student training, and management, JPL’s deep knowledge of batteries for planetary science missions and facilities to test devices under extreme conditions, and Northeastern University’s experience in advanced battery characterization.