M. Silvina Tomassone

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Phone:848-445-2972
Fax:732-445-2421
Email:silvina@soemail.rutgers.edu
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Website: Research Webpage

Education

 Ph. D., Physics ,Northeastern University, Boston, 1998. 
Faculty Advisor: Prof. A. Widom
Thesis Topic: "Fundamentals of Friction at the Atomic Level"

 M.S., Physics Northeastern University, Boston, 1994. 

 "Licenciatura'' in Physics, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1992.

Honors

 Pfizer Young Faculty Award $35,000, 2006.
 NSF IGERT in Nanopharmaceutical, ($3.4MM), 2005.
 NSF NIRT, "Environmentally Benign Mixing of Nanoparticles"($1.2MM), PI: R. Dave(NJIT), Co-PI's: S. Tomassone, S. Sundaresan, R. Pfeffer, 2005.
 US Army, ($97K), Flow Properties of Energetic Granular Materials", 2005.
 Merck Excellence Graduate Fellowship and Faculty Development Award, ($90,000) , 2002.
 NSF NER Award, ($100,000), Continuous Manufacturing of Polymer Encapsulated Nanoparticles using FIPI, 2003.
 NSF grant, BES 0201788, Title: "Nanoscale engineering of LDL Retentive Substrates", 2002. (in collaboration with P. Moghe(PI), K. Urich and Y. Lu) Amount: $297,000, Duration: 9/1/2002-8/31/2005;.
 NSF NIRT, "Bio-Nano Robotic Systems using Viral Protein nano MOtors"($1 Million), Role: Co-PI (PI: C. Mavroidis) $ 1 million

  • Duration: 9/1/2003-8/31/2007

 2006 Teaching Excellence Award 
 2005 Rutgers FASIP Award for Research, Teaching and Service. 
 2005 NSF IGERT Co-Director of the Nanopharmaceutical Program. 
 2004 Rutgers FASIP Award for Research, Teaching and Service. 
 2002 Rutgers FASIP Award for Research, Teaching and Service. 
 SROA Competition, in the Tissue/Biomaterials Engineering area. "Nanosubstrates for Sequestration of Low Density Lipoproteins.", 2002 (in collaboration with P. Moghe, K. Urich,Y. Lu). 
 1996-1998 Northeastern University Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship 

Selected Publications

  1. B. Chaudhuri, A. W. A. Alexandar, A. Faqih, F. J. Muzzio, C. Davis, M. S. Tomassone Avalanching flow of cohesive powders , Powder Technology , 164, 1, pp.13-21 (2006).
  2. Y. Shen, M. S. Tomassone, C Maldarelli, A. Couzis, J. Koplik, A Molecular Dynamics Study of the Influence of Surfactant Structure on Surfactant Facilitated Spreading of Droplets on Hydrophobic SubstratesLangmuir, 21(26) pp 12160 - 12170; 2005. 
  3. T. Li, B. Li, M. S. Tomassone , Surface Characterization of the Aspirin Crystal Planes using Molecular Dynamics Simulations Chemical Engineering Science, 61, 5159-5169, 2006.
  4. A. Dubey, C. Mavroidis, M. S. Tomassone , Molecular Dynamics Studies of Viral Protein Linear Nanoactuator, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 3, 885-897, 2006.
  5. Sharma, G, Badescu, M., Mavroidis,C., M. S. Tomassone, Kinematics and Workspace Analysis of Protein Based Nano-ActuatorsASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 127, No. 4, pp. 718-727, 2005.
  6. M. S. Tomassone, B. Chaudhuri, A. Faqih, A. Mehrotra, F. J. Muzzio, DEM Simulations for fundamental process understanding. ,Pharmaceutical Technology , 29, S28-S35, 2005.
  7. B. Chaudhuri, A. Mehrotra, M.S. Tomassone,F. J. Muzzio, Cohesive Effects in Powder Mixing in a tumbling Blender ,Powder Technology, 165, 105-114, 2006 .
  8. A. Dubey, G. Sharma, C. Mavroidis, M. S. Tomassone, K. Nikitczuk, M. L. Yarmush,Computational Studies of Viral Protein Nano-Actuator,Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 1,(1) 18-28 (2004).
  9. R. K. Goyal, M. S. Tomassone, Power Law and Exponential Segregation in two dimensional silos of granular mixtures , Physical Review E, 74, 051301, ( 2006).
  10. A. Faqih, B. Chaudhuri,A. W. A. Alexander,F. J. Muzzio, M. S. TomassoneShear-induced dilation of cohesive powders in rotating vessels , AIChE Journal , 52, 4124-4132, 2006.
  11. B. Chaudhuri, F. J. Muzzio, M.S. Tomassone"Modeling of Heat transfer in granular materials in rotary vessels" Chemical Engineering Science,Volume 61, Issue 19, Pages 6348-6360, 2006 .
  12. A. Faqih, B. Chaudhuri, A. W. A. Alexandar, F. J. Muzzio, C. Davis, M. S. Tomassone A new experimental/computational approach for examining avalanching behavior in cohesive powder flows ,International Journal of Pharmaceutics ,324, 116-127,2006.
  13. A. Faqih, A. Alexander, F. J. Muzzio, M. S. Tomassone A method for predicting hopper flow characteristics of pharmaceutical powders, Chemical Engineering Science, Accepted for Publication,In Press 2006, doi: 10.1016/j.ces.2006.06.027
  14. M. S. Tomassone, M. Batty,H. E. Stanley, H.A. Makse, Small is nice but risky: New Laws for Population Growth ,Physical Review Letters , Submitted, 2005.
  15. T. Li, M. S. Tomassone Effect of Non-Ionic Surfactants in the growth of Aspirin Crystals: Experiments and Molecular Dynamic Simulations. ,Chemical Engineering Science , to be submitted 2005.
  16. T. Li, E. Chnari, P. Moghe M. S. Tomassone , Anionic Macromolecules for Selective Retention of Low Density Lipoproteins: Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Experiments Langmuir, to be submitted, 2005.
  17. A. Dubey, G. Sharma, C. Mavroidis,M. S. Tomassone, K. Nikitczuk, M. L. Yarmush,Dynamics and Kinematics of Viral Protein Linear Nano-Actuators for Bio-Nano Robotic Systems,Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference of Robotics and Automation , New Orleans, LA, April 26-May 1, (2004).
  18. A. Dubey,G. Sharma, C. Mavroidis, M. S. Tomassone ,K. Nikitczuk,M. L. Yarmush,Viral Protein Linear (VPL) Nano-ActuatorsProceedings of the 2004 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show , March 7-11, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  19. M. S. Tomassone, C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, and J. Koplik, Phase Transitions of Soluble Surfactants at a Liquid-Vapor InterfaceLangmuir., Vol.17, No. 20, 6037-6040, 2001.
  20. M. S. Tomassone, C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, J. Koplik, Molecular Dynamic Simulations of Phase Transitions of Soluble and Insoluble Surfactants at the Air-Water InterfaceJ. of Chem. Phys. Vol.115, No. 18, 8634-8642, 2001.
  21. J. B. Sokoloff , M. S. Tomassone , A. Widom, Strongly Temperature Dependent Sliding Friction for a Superconducting InterfacePhys. Rev. Lett. 84, 515 (2000).
  22. A. Widom, M. S. Tomassone, Y. N. Srivastava, and M. Hannout, Net Charge on a Noble Gas AtomPhys. Rev. B. 64, P. 16085-16091, 2000; cond-mat/0006235 ,2000.
  23. M. S. Tomassone , J. B. Sokoloff, Effects of defects on friction for a Xe film sliding on Ag(111)Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics) -- August 1, 1999 -- Volume 60, Issue 6, pp. 4005-4017
  24. J. B. Sokoloff and M. S. Tomassone , Effects of Defects on Friction for a Thin Solid Film Sliding over a Solid SubstratePhys. Rev. B 57, 4888-4897 (1998).
  25. M. S. Tomassone , J. B. Sokoloff, A. Widom, and J. Krim, Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Friction in Xenon Films on a Silver Substrate, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 24 4798-4801. (1997).
  26. R. Cuerno, H. A. Makse, M. S. Tomassone, S. T. Harrington, and H. E. Stanley, ``A Model for Ion-Sputtering: From Pattern Formation to Rough Surfaces,'' in Disordered Materials and InterfacesProc. Symposium of Materials Research Society, 1995, edited by H. Z. Cummins, D. J. Durian, D. L. Johnson, and H. E. Stanley (Materials Research Society, Pittsburgh, 1996), pp.~307--312.
  27. M. S. Tomassone , and A. Widom, Electronic Friction Forces on Molecules moving near MetalsPhys. Rev. B 56, 4938-4943 (1997).
  28. M. S. Tomassone, and A. Widom, Friction Forces on Charges Moving Outside a Conductor due to Ohm's Law heating inside a ConductorAmerican Journal of Physics 65, 1181-1183, (1997).
  29. M. S. Tomassone , and J. Krim, Fractal Scaling Behavior of Water Flow Patterns on Inhomogeneous SurfacesPhys. Rev. E 54, 6511-6515 (1996).
  30. Sharma, G, Badescu, M., Mavroidis,C., M. S. Tomassone, Kinematics and Workspace Analysis of Protein Based Nano-Actuators, 2004 ASME Mechanics and Robotics Conference, 2004 ASME Design Technical Conferences Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  31. R. Cuerno, H. A. Makse, M. S. Tomassone, S. Harrington, and H. E. Stanley,Stochastic Model for Surface Erosion via Ion-Sputtering: Dynamical Evolution from Ripple Morphology to Rough MorphologyPhys. Rev. Lett. 75, 4464-4476 (1995)

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In Preparation

  1. A N. Faqih, B. Chaudhuri, A. Mehrotra, M. S. Tomassone Constitutive Model to Predict Flow Properties of Cohesive Powders in Bench Scale Hoppers, (Expected time of submission: December 2006)
  2. T. Li and M. S. Tomassone, Effect of non-ionic surfactants in the growth of aspirin crystals: experiments and molecular dynamic simulations, Chemical Engineering Science; (Expected time of submission: February 2007)
  3. T. Li, E. Chnari, P. Moghe, and M. S. Tomassone, Anionic macromolecules for selective retention of low density lipoproteins: molecular dynamics simulations and experiments, (Expected time of submission: December 2006)
  4. Y.Y. Shen, M. S. Tomassone Effect of Non Ionic Surfactants on the Distribution of Nanoparticles in a Polymer Matrix" , Physical Review E , to be Submitted (2006)

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Conference Presentations

  1. ​AICHE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November, 2003, "Numerical Simulations of Cohesive Powder in a Rotating Drum", B. Chaudhuri (Speaker), M. S. Tomassone, A. W. A. Alexander, C. Davis, F.J. Muzzio, contributed talk.
  2. AICHE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November, 2003, "Measuring Powder Cohesion and Comparison to Mixing Data", A. W. A. Alexander (Speaker), M.S. Tomassone, C. Davis, F.J. Muzzio, contributed talk.
  3. AICHE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November, 2003, "Numerical Simulations of Cohesive Powder in a Rotating Drum", B. Chaudhuri , M. S. Tomassone , A. W. A. Alexander, F.J. Muzzio, poster.
  4. AICHE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2003, "Synergism of Non-Ionic Surfactants", Ashish Misra, M. S. Tomassone, poster.
  5. AICHE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IA, November, 2002, "LDL-retentive substrates: Modulating Atherogenesis at the Nanoscale", E. C. Chnari (Speaker), Y. Y. Shen, M. S. Tomassone, P. V. Moghe, contributed talk.
  6. AICHE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IA, November 2002, "Molecular Dynamics of superspreading", M. S. Tomassone (Speaker), J. Koplik, C. .Maldarelli, A. Couzis, contributed talk.
  7. 2001 ICCS (International Conference on Conceptual Structures , Stanford University, San Francisco, July 2001, "Surfactants at the molecular scale" Joel Koplik (Speaker), M. S. Tomassone, contributed talk. 
  8. AICHE Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, November 2001," Molecular Dynamics in Lennard Jones superspreading fluids", M. S. Tomassone(Speaker), C. Maldarelli, A.Couzis, contributed talk.
  9. AICHE Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, November 2000: "Exchanging ideas for innovation", "Phase transition of Soluble Surfactants at the Air/Water Interface", M. S. Tomassone (Speaker), contributed talk.
  10. 2000 Symposium, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2000, M. S. Tomassone(Speaker), C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, J. Koplik, "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Gaseous/Liquid Phase Transitions of Insoluble Surfactants at a Fluid Interface", contributed talk.
  11. 52nd annual meeting of the division of fluid dynamics, APS, New Orleans, 1999, "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of spreading with surfactants", J. Koplik (Speaker), S. Mcnamara, M. S. Tomassone, J. R. Banavar, contributed talk.
  12. APS March Meeting, Los Angeles 1998, "Perturbation Theory on the Effect of sliding on Stepped Substrates",M.S. Tomassone (Speaker), J. Krim, J. Sokoloff, contributed talk.
  13. APS March Meeting, Los Angeles 1998, "Simulations of the Effect of a stepped Substrate", M.S. Tomassone (Speaker), J. B., Sokoloff, contributed talk.
  14. APS March Meeting, Kansas, March 1997, "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Sliding Friction for a Xe on a Silver Substrate with defects", M.S. Tomassone (Speaker), J. Krim, J. Sokoloff, contributed talk.
  15. Princeton University, Materials Science Institute Seminar, February 1996, "Model for Erosion via Ion-Sputtering: from Pattern Formation to Rough Surfaces", R. Cuerno, H. Makse, (Speaker), M.S.Tomassone , contributed talk.
  16. MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, 1996, "Erosion via Ion-Sputtering: from Pattern Formation to Rough Surfaces", R. Cuerno, H. Makse, M.S. Tomassone , H.E. Stanley, poster.
  17. APS March Meeting, St. Louis, 1996, "Erosion via Ion-Sputtering: from Pattern Formation to Rough Surfaces", H. Makse (Speaker), R. Cuerno,M.S. Tomassone , H. E. Stanley, contributed talk.
  18. APS March Meeting, St. Louis, March 1996,"Electronic Friction for Xe films sliding along a metal substrate", M. S. Tomassone , A. Widom, poster.
  19. APS March Meeting, St. Louis, March 1996, "Simulations on Phonon Contributions to Friction for Xe/Ag", M.S. Tomassone (Speaker), Krim, J., contributed talk.
  20. STATPHYS 19, Xiamen, China, 1995, "Stochastic model for ion-sputtered systems: from pattern formation to rough surfaces", H. Makse , R. Cuerno, M.S. Tomassone, H.E. Stanley, Poster
  21. MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, 1995. "Stochastic model for ion-sputtered systems: from pattern formation to rough surfaces", H. Makse (Speaker), R. Cuerno, M.S. Tomassone , H.E. Stanley.
  22. APS March Meeting, Pittsburg, March 1995, "Fractal Scaling Behavior of Water Flow Patterns in inhomogeneous Surfaces", contributed talk,M.S.Tomassone (Speaker) J. Krim.

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Dissertations

  1. M. S. Tomassone, Neural Networks as a means for the Interpolation of Real Functions, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1992.
  2. M. S. Tomassone, Fundamentals of Friction at the Atomic Level, Northeastern University, Boston, 1998.