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Department of Chemical Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Pfeffer, Robert

Contact Info
Office: 210 YCEES
Phone: 973-642-7496
Dept: VP-Research Grad. Stu.

About Me


  • New York University, PhD 1962
  • New York University, MS 1958
  • New York University, BS 1956

Awards and Honors

  • NJIT, Harlan J. Perlis Research Award 2000
  • AIChE, Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems 2000
  • AIChe, Particle Technology Forum National Award 1995
  • NSF Creativity Award 1985
  • Fulbright Scholar, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology 1976

Research Interests

  • Dry particle coating and supercritical fluid processing to produce engineered particulates with tailored properties
  • Fluidization, mixing, coating and processing of ultra-fine and nano-structured particulates
  • Filtration of sub-micron particulates
  • Agglomeration, sintering and granulation of fine particles

Current Research Projects

  • NSF NIRT: Experimental and Computational Investigation of Fluid Interactions and Transport Around Nanoparticles
  • NSF NER: Fractal Nanoagglomerates: A New Filter Media for HEPA Filters
  • NSF NIRT: Environmentally Benign Deagglomeration and Mixing of Nanoparticles

Recent Publications

Yulu Wang , Robert Pfeffer, Rajesh Dave, Robert Enick, “Polymer Encapsulation of Fine Particles by a Supercritical Antisolvent Process”, AIChE Journal, 51 (2), pp. 440-455, 2005. Chao Zhu, Qun Yu, Rajesh N. Dave, Robert Pfeffer, “Gas Fluidization Characteristics of Nanoparticle Agglomerates”, AIChE Journal, 51 (2), pp. 426-439, 2005. Caroline Nam, R. Pfeffer, R. Dave, S. Sundaresan, “Aerated Vibrofluidization of Silica Nanoparticles”, AIChE Journal, Vol 50 (8), pp. 1776-1785, 2004. B. Yue, J. Yang, Y. Wang, C.-Y. Huang, R. Dave, R. Pfeffer, “Particle Encapsulation with Polymers via Polymerization in Supercritical CO2 ”, Powder Technology, 146 (1-2), pp.32-45, 2004. Wenliang Chen, Rajesh N. Dave, Robert Pfeffer and Otis Walton, “Numerical Simulation of Mechanofusion System”, Powder Technology, 146 (1-2), pp.121-136, 2004. A. Mujumdar, D. Wei, R. N. Dave, R. Pfeffer and C.-Y. Wu, “Improvement of Humidity Resistance of Magnesium Powder Using Dry Particle Coating,” Powder Technology, Vol.140, pp. 86-97, 2004. S. S. Dukhin, Jun Yang, R. N. Dave and Robert Pfeffer, “Deactivated sintering by Particle Coating: the Significance of Static and Dynamic Surface Phenomena,” Colloids and Surfaces A, Vol. 235, pp. 83-99, 2004. Qian, G.-H., Burdick, I. W., Pfeffer, R., Shaw, H., Stevens, J.G., “Soot Removal from Diesel Engine Exhaust Using a Rotating Fuidized Bed Filter” Advances in Environmental Research, Volume 8, Issues 3-4, pp 287-729, 2004. S. Watano, H. Nakamura, K. Hamada, Y. Wakamatsu, Y. Tanabe, R. N. Dave, R. Pfeffer, “Fine Particle Coating by a Novel Rotating Fluidized Bed Coater,” Powder Technology, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 172-176, 2004. Y. Wang, R. N. Dave and R. Pfeffer, “Polymer Coating/Encapsulation of Nanoparticles Using a Supercritical Anti-solvent (SAS) Process,” Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Vol.28, pp.85-99, 2004. F. Chavez, P. G. Debenedetti, J-J. Luo, R. N. Dave and R. Pfeffer, “Estimation of the Characteristic Time Scales in the Supercritical Antisolvent Process,” Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Vol. 42, No. 13, pp. 3156-3162, 2003. M. Mohan, R. N. Dave and R. Pfeffer, “The Promotion of Deactivated Sintering by Dry Particle Coating,” AIChE Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 604-618, 2003. C. Zhu, C. H. Lin, G. H. Qian and R. Pfeffer, “Modeling of the Pressure Drop and Flow Field in a Rotating Fluidized Bed”, Chemical Engineering Communications, Vol. 190, No. 9, pp. 1132 – 1154, 2003. S. Watano, Y. Imada, K. Hamada, Y. Wakamatsu, Y. Tanabe, R. N. Dave and R. Pfeffer, “Micro-granulation of Fine Powders by a Novel Rotating Fluidized Bed Granulator,” Powder Technology, Vol. 131, No. 2-3, pp. 250-255, 2003. S. S. Dukhin, C. Zhu, R. Dave, R. Pfeffer, J. J. Luo, F. Chaves and Y. Shen, “Dynamic Interfacial Tension Near the Critical Point of a Solvent-antisolvent Mixture and Laminar Jet Stabilization,” Colloids and Surfaces A, Vol. 229, pp. 181-199, 2003. J. Yang, Y. Wang, R. N. Dave and R. Pfeffer, “Mixing of Nano-particles by Rapid Expansion of Supercritical Suspensions (RESS),” Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 449-470, 2003. R. N. Dave, W. Chen, A. Mujumdar, W. Wang and R. Pfeffer, “Numerical Simulation of Dry Particle Coating Processes by DEM,” Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 449-470-493, 2003.