Tailored particulate materials can be developed that are designed to have unique properties. These microscopic powders can form a barrier between a particle and its environment but can also change the functionality or the properties of the original host particles producing composites with a wide array of improved physical or chemical properties, such as dispersability, flowability, wettability, sinterability, size uniformity, proper morphology, reduced tendency for segregation, as well as having tailored electrical, electromagnetic, optical, thermal or other properties. Particulate products generate one trillion dollars annually in the US economy, in such industries as pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, ceramics, defense, electronics and specialty chemicals.

. . . . . Particulate products generate one trillion dollars annually in the US economy . . . . .

NJIT has established the New Jersey Center for Engineered Particulates, directed by Rajesh Dave, professor of mechanical engineering, to help New Jersey industries tap into this new technology. Launched with the support of an R&D Excellence Grant from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, the center works in partnership with industry to create unique particulate materials tailored to meet the company's specific needs. Industry collaborators have included Bristol-Myers-Squibb; Colgate-Palmolive;  Delsys Pharmaceutical; Dow Chemical/Union Carbide DuPont; Exxon-Mobil; National Starch and Chemical Company; and Proctor & Gamble.

Projects of note include:

  • PARTICLE ANALYSIS: The New Jersey Center for Engineered Particulates has expanded its research capacity with a state-of-the-art electron microscopy facility for nanoscale analysis and x-ray spectroscopy. Read more.
  • UNDERSTANDING HOW NANOPARTICLES MOVE: Understanding the physics of fluidization and transport of nanoparticles is the research focus of Robert Pfeffer, distinguished professor of chemical engineering. Read more.
  • TESTING MATERIALS IN MICROGRAVITY: A research team led by Edward Dreizin, professor of mechanical engineering, studied the chemistry of zirconium-based materials in microgravity. Read an article about the study in NJIT Alumni Magazine.