Dr. Ronald Besser

PROFESSOR; DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
Building: McLean
Room: 103A
Phone: 201.216.5257
Fax: 240.255.4028
Email: rbesser@stevens.edu
Website
Education
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Research

Besser's research focuses on the enhancement of alternative energy technologies through nano and microtechnology. Past projects have included microscale hydrogen production, hydrocarbon reforming, microplasma reforming, novel fuel cell materials and architectures. Current projects focus on scalable methane reforming with small-scale concentrated solar processing, and novel PEM fuel cell materials and devices.

General Information

Prof. Besser currently leads a department of 15 faculty and approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is engaged in research and teaches courses in chemical engineering and alternative energy.

Experience
  • Director, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology (present).
  • Director, Chemical Engineering Program, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
  • Group Leader, Institute for Micromanufacturing, Louisiana Tech University
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Louisiana Tech Univeristy
  • Senior Scientist, Candescent Technologies, Corp.
  • Section Head, Staff Engineer, Member of the Technical Staff, Watkins-Johnson, Co.
  • Process Engineer, General Instrument Corp.
Selected Publications
Journals
  1. A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2016). "Plasma-etched Nafion with ultra-low mass sputtered and conventional catalyst layers for PEMFC applications", Sensors and Actuators: B, Chemical, (submitted for publication).  article  .
  2. D. DeBonis, M. Mayer, A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2016). "Analysis of mechanism of Nafion conductivity change due to hot pressing", Renewable Energy, 89 200-206.  article  .
  3. P.J. Lindner, E. Bender, R.S. Besser. (2014). "Failure analysis of novel microhollow discharge microplasma reactors", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39 (31), 18084-18091.
  4. M. Glassman, A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2014). "Repetitive hot-press approach for performance enhancement of hydrogen fuel cells", Journal of Power Sources, 247.
  5. A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Electron Beam Patterned Nafion Membranes for DMFC Applications", Journal of Power Sources, 228 151-158.
  6. A. Omosebi and Ronald S. Besser. (2013). "Fabrication and performance evaluation of an in-membrane micro-fuel cell", Journal of Power Sources, 242 672-676.
  7. 5. P.J. Lindner, S.H. Hwang, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Analysis of a microplasma fuel reformer with a carbon dioxide decomposition reaction, Energy and Fuels", Energy and Fuels, 27 4432-4440.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 .
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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 .
  16. 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 .
  17. 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 .
  18. R. Besser. (Jan 01, 2005). "Microreaction for Microfuel Processing: Challenges and Prospects", Chemical Engineering Technology. (1),  Download  (1 mb PDF).
  19. 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).
  20. 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).
  21. R. Besser. "Micromachined thin-film gas flow sensor for microchemical reactorss", Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 16 (5).
Book Chapters
  1. A. Omosebi and R.S. Besser. (2012). "Nanotechnology Innovations for Low-Temperature Fuel Cells for Micro Autonomous Systems", Advances in Microautonomous System Technology, Y. Guo, Wiley.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. R.S. Besser, H. Dai. (2015). "Solar Thermo Microchemical Reforming of Natural Gas for Sustainable, Distributed Production of Hydrogen", 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 8-13.
  2. S.R. Mahmoodi, R.S. Besser. (2015). "Cost Effective Fabrication and Characterization of in-Membrane Micro-Fuel Cell", ," 227th Electrochemical Society Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 24-28.
  3. K.M. McClung, R.S. Besser. (2015). "Die creation and implementation to increase manufacturability in PEM fuel cell electrodes", Division of Energy and Fuels, 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26.
  4. A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Performance Characterization of Electron-Beam Lithography Patterned Nafion Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells", 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 3-8.
  5. P.J. Lindner, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide Production By Novel Plasma Induced Microreactors", 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 3-8.
  6. A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Deployment of An in-Membrane Micro Fuel Cell for Portable Applications", 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 3-8.
  7. 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.
  8. P. Lindner, R.S. Besser. (2008). "Microplasma Reforming for SOFC Power", New Orleans, LA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Microreaction Technology.
  9. 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.
  10. P.J. Lindner and R.S. Besser. (2008). "Microplasma Reforming of Hydrocarbons", Philadelphia, PA, AIChE. Proceedings of the 2008 Annual AIChE Meeting.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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 Microfabrication Techniques
  • CHE 701-702 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering III-IV
  • E 380 Sustainable Energy