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We have state of the art facilities and equipment

Our two facilities located at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus and at Purdue University are aiding in the development of continuous processing for the pharmaceutical industry.

High quality environment for research and development

Our facilities utilize cutting edge technology from participating equipment suppliers for improving existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes as well as the development of emerging advanced manufacturing.

C-SOPS students lead the way

Our students gain a wide range of experience in pharmaceutical science fundamentals and process engineering. They enter the workforce ready to make an immediate impact.

Benefit from the collaboration of professionals

Become a member and tune in to our cutting edge research and technology development across a vast variety of focuses and gain access to C-SOPS special presentations and workshops.

The Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) brings 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. C-SOPS will focus on advancing the scientific foundation for the optimal design of SOPS with advanced functionality while developing the methodologies for their active control and manufacturing.

Our Mission

To develop the science and engineering methods for designing, scaling, optimizing and controlling dosage form design and relevant manufacturing processes. We are committed to developing a scientific foundation for the optimal design of structured organic particulate systems (i.e., active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) dispersed in an organic matrix). We actively apply the concepts of Quality by Design (QbD), an FDA initiative that has broad implications to overhaul the approach that pharmaceutical manufacturers use in facility design and operation, materials properties analysis and process control. Teams of qualified researchers at C-SOPS use cutting-edge pharmaceutical research to address fundamental scientific challenges and to apply this knowledge to develop and optimize new manufacturing methods. C-SOPS has the ability to support manufacturing development from concept to qualification.


In the changing global pharmaceutical market, competition, regulation, and economic conditions are driving the need to introduce new processes and products. C-SOPS helps manufacturers overcome “regulatory risk” by using good science and research to promote and maintain high standards of product safety and efficacy. The results can lead to science-based, higher quality and lower process risk, facilitating quicker approval by the FDA and other regulatory agencies.

Fundamental Science Research

At C-SOPS, we focus on understanding basic aspects of pharmaceutical and manufacturing science where lack of knowledge has been a fundamental barrier to the development of and manufacture of newer dosage forms. These programs range from the formation and characterization of particles and particulate dispersions to the science needed for the development of manufacturing systems operating under closed loop control.