Dr. Ronald Besser

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

Besser's research focuses on the enhancement of alternative energy technologies through nano and microtechnology. Projects have included microscale hydrogen production, hydrocarbon reforming, microplasma reforming, novel fuel cell materials and architectures. Current projects focus on solid oxide fuel cells fed with algae-derived biogas, 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, teaching, and entrepreneurial activities related to alternative energy sources.

  • Chair, 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.
Institutional Service
  • Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Institute Patent Committee
  • Former Chair of Faculty Senate
  • Former Chair of Institute Promotions and Tenure Committee
  • Former Co-Chair of Vice Provost of Research Search Committee


Professional Service

Founding Advisor OXE Chemical Engineering Honor Society

Honors & Awards

Provost's Faculty Entrepreneurship Award (2018)

Professional Societies

Senior Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Patents & Inventions

16 awarded patents in materials, microfabrication, energy processes and devices

Selected Publications
  1. Pei-Kang Sun and R.S. Besser. (2018). "Characterization and Analysis of PMMA Cohesion Behavior with a Gas-Assisted Thermal Bonding Method", Applied Polymer Science.
  2. S.R. Mahmoodi and R.S. Besser. (2018). "Fabrication and Characterization of a Thin, Double-sided Air Breathing Micro Fuel Cell", Fuel Cells.
  3. S.R. Mahmoodi, P-K Sun, M. Mayer, and R.S. Besser. (2018). "Gas-assisted thermal bonding of thermoplastics for the fabrication of microfluidic devices", Microsystem Technologies.
  4. Omosebi, A. and Besser, R. S.. (2017). "Ultra-low Mass Sputtered and Conventional Catalyst Layers on Plasma-etched Nafion for PEMFC Applications", Fuel Cells.
  5. 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  .
  6. 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  .
  7. 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.
  8. M. Glassman, A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2014). "Repetitive hot-press approach for performance enhancement of hydrogen fuel cells", Journal of Power Sources, 247.
  9. A. Omosebi, R.S. Besser. (2013). "Electron Beam Patterned Nafion Membranes for DMFC Applications", Journal of Power Sources, 228 151-158.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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 and R.S. Besser. (2009). "Investigation of Multiphase Hydrogenation in a Catalyst-Trap Microreactor", Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology , 84 382-390 .
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  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).
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.
  1. R. Besser. (Feb 22, 2006). "A Look At Microchemical Systems : What are MCS? What are some key limitations?", Microchemical Systems.  Download  (2 Mb PDF).
  2. R. Besser. (Oct 19, 2005). "Miniaturization for Chemical Processing: Smaller Can Be Better",  Download  (5.02 Mb PDF).
  • CHE 424 Engineering Design VIII
  • CHE 650 Reactor Design
  • NANO 525 Techniques of Surface Analysis
  • E 580 Sustainable Energy