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Dr. Ronald Besser

PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Room: 408
Phone: 201.216.5257
Fax: 240.255.4028
Email: rbesser@stevens.edu
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School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Program:  Chemical Engineering / Materials Science / Nanotechnology
Research Center:  New Jersey Center for MicroChemical Systems (NJCMCS)
Education
With experience in Silicon Valley industry and academic training (Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley) in chemical and materials engineering with specialization in semiconductor materials and device development, Dr. Besser entered the world of MCS in 1999 by accepting an associate professorship at Louisiana Tech University.
Research
His current focus is on understanding the critical limitations of MCS in a variety of applications. Current projects involve pharmaceutical compound synthesis, process control in the context of MCS, processing of liquid hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen for fuel cells, and generation of oxygen for compact, air-independent fuel cell systems.
General Information
In Fall of 2002, Dr. Besser joined the New Jersey Center for Microchemical Systems at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ, neighboring perhaps the world's richest area for high technology, pharamaceuticals, chemicals, bio-tech, and fuel cells--the important application areas for MCS. Stevens' proximity to the global center of finance and to collaborators at an array of reputed academic institutions encourages a supportive atmosphere for new technologies like MCS.
Experience
  • At Tech, he was a group leader in the Institute for Micromanufacturing, a center dedicated to the development of micro- and nano-fabricated devices. While at Tech he developed one of the few international groups pursuing MCS
  • Since 2002, Dr. Besser has been a professor of Chemical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and a principal in the New Jersey Center for Microchemical Systems at Stevens.
  • His current focus is on understanding the critical limitations of MCS in a variety of applications.
  • Current projects involve pharmaceutical compound synthesis, process control in the context of MCS, processing of liquid hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen for fuel cells, and generation of oxygen for compact, air-independent fuel cell systems.
Selected Publications
Book Chapters
  1. S. Ouyang and R.S. Besser, CO Clean-up: Preferential Oxidation. (2009). "Micro Process Engineering, A Comprehensive Handbook", V. Hessel, A. Renken, J.C. Schouten, J. Yoshida, eds, Volume 2: Devices, Reactions, and Applications 479-502.
  2. H. Surangalikar, S. McGovern, R.S. Besser. (2009). "Gas-Liquid-phase Reactions", Micro Process Engineering, A Comprehensive Handbook, Hessel, A. Renken, J.C. Schouten, J. Yoshida, eds, 2: Devices, Reactions, and Applications 167-186.
Conference Proceedings
  1. E. Lennon, A. A. Burke, RS. Besser. (2008). "Controlled Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition for a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Oxidant Source with Microreactors", New Orleans, LA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Microreaction Technology.
  2. P. Lindner, R.S. Besser. (2008). "Microplasma Reforming for SOFC Power", New Orleans, LA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Microreaction Technology.
  3. E. Lennon, A.A. Burke and R.S. Besser. (2008). "Hydrogen Peroxide as an Oxidant for UUV Power Sources", Philadelphia, PA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 2008 Annual AIChE Meeting.
  4. P.J. Lindner and R.S. Besser. (2008). "Microplasma Reforming of Hydrocarbons", Philadelphia, PA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 2008 Annual AIChE Meeting.
  5. P.J. Lindner, R.S. Besser. (2009). "Reforming of JP-8 Logistal Fuel in a Microplasma for Compact SOFC Power: Microfabrication Improvements of Reactors", Tampa, FL, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Proceedings of the 2009 Spring AIChE Meeting.
  6. J. Huang, J. Weinstein, R.S. Besser. (2009). "Particle Loading in a Catalyst-Trap Microreactor", Tampa, FL, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Proceedings of the 2009 Spring AIChE Meeting.
  7. E. Lennon, A.A. Burke, R.S. Besser. (2009). "Updated Assessment of Microreactors for Improved Thermal Management of H2O2 Decomposition as a SOFC Oxidant Source aboard Unmanned Undersea Vehicles", Tampa, FL, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Proceedings of the 2009 Spring AIChE Meeting.
Journals
  1. K. Shah and R.S. Besser. (2008). "Understanding Thermal Integration Issues and Heat Loss Pathways in a Planar Microscale Fuel Processor: Demonstration of an Integrated Silicon Microreactor Based Methanol Steam Reformer", Chemical Engineering Journal. 135 (supplement 1), S46-S56.
  2. S. McGovern, G. Harish, C.S. Pai, W. Mansfield, J.A. Taylor, S. Pau, R. Besser. (2008). "Multiphase flow regimes for hydrogenation in a catalyst-trap microreactor", Chemical Engineering Journal. 135 (Supplement 1), S229-S236.
  3. S. McGovern and R.S. Besser. (2009). "Investigation of Multiphase Hydrogenation in a Catalyst-Trap Microreactor", Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 84 382-390.
  4. E. Lennon, A.A. Burke, M. Ocampo and R.S. Besser. (2009). "Microscale packed bed reactor for controlled hydrogen peroxide decomposition as a fuel cell oxidant aboard unmanned undersea vehicles", Journal of Power Sources. 195 299-306.
  5. S. McGovern and R.S. Besser. (2009). "Investigation of Multiphase Hydrogenation in a Catalyst-Trap Microreactor", Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology , 84 382-390 .
  6. S. McGovern, G. Harish, C.S. Pai, W. Mansfield, J.A. Taylor, S. Pau, R. Besser. (2008). "Multiphase flow regimes for hydrogenation in a catalyst-trap microreactor", Chemical Engineering Journal, 135 (Supplement 1), S229-S236.
  7. K. Shah and R.S. Besser. (2007). "Understanding Thermal Integration Issues and Heat Loss Pathways in a Planar Microscale Fuel Processor: Demonstration of an Integrated Silicon Microreactor Based Methanol Steam Reformer", Chemical Engineering Journal, (doi:10.1016/j.cej.2007.07.044).
  8. K. Shah and R.S. Besser. (2007). "Key issues in the microchemical systems-based methanol fuel processor: Energy density, thermal integration, and heat loss mechanisms", Journal of Power Sources, 166 177-193 .
  9. W.C. Shin and R.S. Besser. (2007). "Toward autonomous control of microreactor system for steam reforming of methanol", Journal of Power Sources, 164 328-335 .
  10. W.C. Shin and R.S. Besser. (2006). "Micromachined Thin-Film Gas Flow Sensor for Microchemical Reactors", Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 16 731-741 .
  11. R. Besser. (Jan 01, 2005). "Microreaction for Microfuel Processing: Challenges and Prospects", Chemical Engineering Technology. (1),  Download  (1 mb PDF).
  12. X. Ouyang. (Feb 16, 2005). "Effect of reactor heat transfer limitations on CO preferential oxidation", Journal of Power Sources. 141 (1),  Download  (1.23 Mb PDF).
  13. R. Besser. (Apr 27, 2005). "Preferential Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide in a Thin-Film Catalytic Microreactor: Advantages and Limitations", AIChE Journal. 51 (6),  Download  (839 kb PDF).
  14. R. Besser. "Micromachined thin-film gas flow sensor for microchemical reactorss", Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 16 (5).
Presentation/Meeting
  1. P. Lindner, A. Najem, W. Zhu, and R.S. Besser. (Feb 21, 2008). "Microplasma Reforming of JP-8", Workshop on Soldier-Portable Power Systems: Status Review and Research Needs, College Park, Maryland.
  2. R.S. Besser. (Jul 30, 2008). "Microplasmas in Microfluidics for Compact Chemical Processing", Graduate Summer Institute on Complex Plasmas, Hoboken, NJ.
  3. R.S. Besser. (Jun 19, 2009). "Micro and Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy", Mechanical Engineering Department Seminar, Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Produccion, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  4. R. S. Besser. (Oct 15, 2009). "Microplasma Reforming of Hydrocarbons", Army Research Lab, Adelphi, MD.
  5. R. Besser. (Feb 22, 2006). "A Look At Microchemical Systems : What are MCS? What are some key limitations?", Microchemical Systems.  Download  (2 Mb PDF).
  6. R. Besser. (Oct 19, 2005). "Miniaturization for Chemical Processing: Smaller Can Be Better",  Download  (5.02 Mb PDF).
  7. R. Besser. (Oct 08, 2004). "Preferential Oxidation in a Microchemical System, Advantages and Limitations", Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.  Download  (2.98 mb PDF).
  8. R. Besser. (Jun 24, 2004). "Microchemical Systems: New Tools for Chemical Engineers Through Miniaturization",  Download  (2.93 mb PDF).
  9. R. Besser. "Catalyst-Trap Microreactor for Hydrogenation of a Pharmaceutical Intermediate",  Download  (601 kb PDF).
Generic
  1. R. Besser. (Oct 10, 2004). "Silicon Based Microchemical Concepts for Miniature Fuel Processor",  Download  (175 kb PDF).
Courses
  • CHE 336 Fluid Mechanics
  • CHE 424 Engineering Design VIII
  • CHE 650 Reactor Design
  • PEP 596 Micro-Fabrication Techniques
  • CHE 701-702 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering III-IV
  • E 380 Sustainable Energy