Chem-E Car

  • Design and build a prototype vehicle that is entirely controlled by chemical reactions, and compete at regional and national competitions.

Outline of the side view of a car with green and purple tires

The Chem-E-Car is an annual competition organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in which students participate in the design and construction of a car powered and stopped by chemical reactions, while meeting specified design criteria. The participating teams optimize chemical, mechanical, and control systems of their design, address safety considerations, prepare engineering documentation, and build and test prototype vehicles for competition at regional and national conferences.

Methods & Technologies

  • Composites
  • Nano Materials
  • Epoxy and other chemical matrices
  • Wet-lay Up Methods
  • Vacuum Bagging Methods
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
  • CAD Modeling


  • Mechanical Subteam
  • Chemical Subteam
  • Design & Process Engineering Subteam

Areas of Interest

  • Materials Science
  • Process Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering


  • SAMPE New Jersey (Parent Chapter)
  • SAMPE Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing
  • NYU SAMPE (Society for Advancement in Materials and Process Engineering)

Faculty Advisors