Rutgers State University of New Jersey

Rutgers State University of New Jersey
Type Disciplines
State University Chemistry Nanobiology Nanofluidics
Address Postal Code
Institute for Advanced Materials and Devices
136 Frelinghuysen Road
City State / Province
Piscataway NJ
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (732) 445-4004

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $15 million Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Composites grant to Rutgers and three collaborating universities to improve the way pharmaceuticals, foods and agricultural products are manufactured.


The five-year grant funds an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) to enhance the quality and consistency of materials used in drug tablets, processed foods, agrichemicals and other composite organic products. Research will focus on the structure of component materials, including particle shapes and sizes and forces that bind them together. The center also will study how to efficiently produce structured materials in large quantity. Understanding the nature of these materials will provide a foundation for new manufacturing processes that are more predictable, consistent and cost-effective.

joining Rutgers in the consortium are the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Purdue University and the University of Puerto Rico, schools with established teaching and research programs in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and technology.


In addition, 28 companies are providing $2.5 million in research funding during the ERC’s first year. the consortium expects to bring in as much as $40 million in additional support over the next 10 years from pharmaceutical and food makers as well as companies that supply manufacturing and analytical equipment.

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