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ChE moves to new EIB on east campus


The chemical engineering department moved into its new cutting-edge home in the Engineering Innovation Building in summer 2019. The 57,500-square-foot-building at the corner of Morgan and Taylor Streets on UIC’s east campus will transform the department’s research capabilities and revolutionize the student experience.

Overall, the EIB expands chemical engineering research space by 40 percent.

“The new building is going to have a transformative impact on our education activities as well as our research productivity,” said Vikas Berry, the department head and a professor of chemical engineering. “This move will bring students right to the heart of the science and engineering part of campus at UIC.”

The new building features:

  • Vibration-dampened nanotechnology labs
  • Biomedical research rooms
  • Molecular engineering research labs
  • A highly attuned darkroom for complex fluid imaging
  • A classroom connected to the department’s unit-operations lab
  • Student lounge

Research conducted in the new building:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Molecular and nanoscale technologies
  • Energy technologies
  • Biomedical systems
  • Complex fluids
  • Drug-delivery
  • Structural engineering

The EIB was designed by Dewberry architects and built by Berglund Construction and is expected to be LEED Gold certified later this year.

Chemical Engineering Department Head Vikas Berry and PhD students Aditya Prajapati and Tiep Pham discuss UIC’s new Engineering Innovation Building and their department’s upcoming move to this state-of-the-art research and learning space.