The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at LSU is a nationally recognized leader in teaching and research. It is the largest chemical engineering program in Louisiana at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We have 15 full-time faculty providing BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering.

Research in the department is funded from external grants and contracts from several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and various agencies within the Department of Defense; from state sources such as the Educational Quality Support Fund and the Information Technology initiative; and from private sources such as the Gordon Cain endowment and various companies. In-kind services have also been provided by a number of companies.

Chemical engineers take pride in their ability to work with others. The department enjoys strong research relationships with many of the departments in the College of Engineering, and with numerous other units around the campus. The department also has numerous interactions with external institutions at the state, national, and international level. The faculty have developed collaborations with researchers at a host of institutions within Louisiana, outside the state, and internationally. Many of these involve two or perhaps three co-investigators working together on a specific project, while several faculty are involved in larger multi-investigator/multi-institution centers that involve a wider scope of research. In addition, several faculty have industrial collaborative interactions, either in the form of specific research projects or individual consulting arrangements. Professor Karsten Thompson has established an industrial research consortium (PoreSim), with annual contributions from multiple corporate members.