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Educational Outreach Materials For Erc Structured Organic Particulate Systems: A Project Overview

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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14.514.1 - 14.514.8



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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Zenaida Otero Gephardt Rowan University

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Robert Krchnavek Rowan University

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Mariano J. Savelski Rowan University

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John Carroll Rowan University

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Eileen Batten Rowan University

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C. Stewart Slater Rowan University

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Christopher Del Vecchio Rowan University

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Adrian Kosteleski Rowan University

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Katie Ross Rowan University

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Tatsiana Sokal Rowan University

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Kathryn Whitaker Rowan University

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Sarah Wilson Rowan University

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Educational Outreach Materials for ERC Structured Organic Particulate Systems: Project Overview


Rowan University chemical engineering students and faculty are working in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) to create educational materials based on research being conducted on advanced pharmaceutical processing. The Center is hosted by Rutgers University and also involves Purdue University; the New Jersey Institute of Technology; and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. The goal of the Center is to become a national focal point for developing structured organic particulate systems used in pharmaceuticals and their manufacturing processes. Rowan University has partnered as an outreach/education member institution. The goal of our interaction is to contribute to SMET education at both K-12 and college levels through the integration of C-SOPS research into detailed homework problem sets, illustrative examples, demonstrations and case studies. The curriculum modules will be tailored to specific age levels by varying the technical content level. Completed educational materials will be incorporated into the C-SOPS website for use by the members of the Center and faculty at other schools. The overall goal will be to expand the impact of the Center through the field of education and outreach.


The NSF-sponsored Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) is striving to become a focal point in pharmaceutical processing. Carefully planned out thrust areas and development programs tie together the overall goals of the Engineering Research Center ( The thrust areas describe the three major areas of research, which include: manufacturing science; composites structuring and characterization; and particle formation and functionalization. The areas of research can then be applied to the three development programs, which describe each of three test beds being created at the Center. Development Program I concentrates on the continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical tablets. Utilizing a continuous process rather than a batch process could lead to increased tablet uniformity and stability, reduced production and labor costs and simplified scale up from experimental testing to full scale manufacturing [1]. Development Programs II and III focus on novel methods for drug delivery. Development Program II hopes to stabilize API nanoparticles in edible substrates [1]. The use of nanoparticles increases the surface area of the particles, resulting in higher bioavailability. Finally, Development Program III will use a system called drop-on-demand to layer API’s on an edible substrate [1]. The system could be portable and compact for use in third world countries and military applications.

Rowan University partnered with the ERC-SOPS Center in 2008 to provide outreach and training components to support the educational mission of the Center. During our first year on the project, Rowan has worked with various constituency groups to implement certain projects that directly impact the Center’s goals.

Farrell, S., & Gephardt, Z. O., & Krchnavek, R., & Savelski, M. J., & Carroll, J., & Batten, E., & Slater, C. S., & Del Vecchio, C., & Kosteleski, A., & Ross, K., & Sokal, T., & Whitaker, K., & Wilson, S. (2009, June), Educational Outreach Materials For Erc Structured Organic Particulate Systems: A Project Overview Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5006

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