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Opportunities at C-SOPS

The Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) can be a great opportunity for Summer REU undergraduate, associate/professor and Postdoctoral research.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Want to learn about pharmaceutical engineering this summer? Apply here!

The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-SOPS) will host a summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) in pharmaceutical science and engineering. Students will be involved in cutting-edge research and learn about pharmaceutical science and engineering from leading academic mentors.The center is headquartered at Rutgers University and partners include Purdue University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez.

ERC-SOPS bring together a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists as well as industry leaders to improve the way pharmaceuticals, foods and agriculture products are manufactured bringing this research to the forefront. C-SOPS focuses on advancing the scientific foundation for the optimal design of SOPS with advanced functionality while developing the methodologies for their active control and manufacturing.A list of suggested research topics may be found in the table below.

The students in the ERC-SOPS REU are combined with a larger program called RISE (Research In Science and Engineering), this programis jointly sponsored by two of the nation's leading public research institutions -- Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

We encourage applications from students of all science and engineering disciplines. Those interested in applying to the program may do so on-line by March 16th. Apply here!

Example research topics include:

  • Spontaneous separation of charged grains

  • Models for prediction of organic crystal strength in industrial crystallizations

  • Fundamental particle property prediction using dynamic crystal graphs

  • Characterization of continuous powder mixing processes

  • Study of the effect of feedframes on particle size distribution by vision systems

  • Nanoparticle drug carriers for clinical applications

  • Physics based modeling of tablet formation and dissolution

  • Polymer encapsulation and granulaton of ultrafine powders

  • Fluidizaton of ultrafine particles

  • Effect lubrication on tablet hardness

  • Continuous method for hydrodynamic formation of nanoparticles

  • Study of nanoporosity of structured particles


We have rolling admissions and will typically start reviewing applications in January. Reviews will continue until all spaces are filled (usually during March). We recommend that you apply early as admission is competitive. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Questions? Contact or call 848-932-6584.

Faculty Positions

For an up-to-date list on available faculty positions, please check our jobs page.

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