Zachary P. Smith

Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering

Support StaffBarbara Balkwill

Chemical Engineering is about engineering chemistry. The ability to control molecules at the atomic length scale uniquely positions chemical engineers to tackle the grand challenges of our day in energy and the environment.

Research Interests

Membrane separations, polymer physics, polymer chemistry, porous materials, and nanotechnology


Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, 2014 – 2016

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2014

M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2011

B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2008


Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2022

AIChE John G. Kunesh Award, 2022

Robert N. Noyce Career Development Chair, 2021

Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, 2021

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2021

Department of Energy Early Career Research Program Award, 2018

J-WAFS Seed Grant Award, 2018

ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2018

U.S. Delegate to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry, 2013

ACS Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award, 2013

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship, 2010

The University of Texas at Austin Thrust Engineering Fellowship, 2008