Frederick Dryer

Frederick Dryer
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace and Mechanical Science, Princeton University
Other Affiliations
Educational Foundation Distinguished Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Honorary Professional Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne AU
D302A Engineering Quadrangle

Research Area(s)

Propulsion and Energy Sciences

Other Research Interests: 

Current research interests include: chemistry/chemical kinetics of fuels and hazardous waste materials as related to ignition, combustion, and emissions generation/abatement; petroleum-derived fuels, including gasoline, diesel, gas turbine, and heavy fuel oil combustion properties; non-petroleum-derived alternative fuels, their production, their chemical kinetic properties, and their ability to address U.S. energy security and reduction in net carbon cycle emissions as well as other pollutant concerns; fire safety related issues on earth and in micro gravity environments; solid phase/gas phase interactions as related to particle burning phenomena and nano-catalyst materials; emissions from internal combustion engines, including hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, aerosol particulates; emissions interactions including chlorine, sulfur and ash (metals) component effects in stationary energy conversion, chemical processing, and incineration. 

Short Bio

Frederick L. Dryer received a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 and a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1972. Dr. Dryer served on the Professional Research Staff in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department from 1971-1981.  He joined the tenured faculty in 1981 and was promoted to full professor in 1983. He served as the Undergraduate Departmental Representative from 1984-1987, and as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 1987-1990. Dr. Dryer became an Emeritus faculty in 2013, and is a Senior Scholar member of the Professional Research Staff.  In 2016, Prof. Dryer also joined the research faculty of the University of South Carolina as an Educational Research Fondation Distinguished Research Professor.  

Dr. Dryer is a former associate editor and editorial board member of Combustion Science and Technology, co-editor for the Proceedings of the 26th and 27th International Symposiums on Combustion, and a former editorial board member of the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics and of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He is currently a member of the Combustion Institute (2012 Egerton Gold Medal Awardee; 2014 Invited Plenary Speaker), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow), the Society of Automotive Engineers (Fellow), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow; 2014 Propulsion and Combustion Medal), the American Chemical Society, and the National Fire Protection Association.


Selected Publications

  • F.L. Dryer, “Chemical Kinetic and Combustion Characteristics of Transportation Fuels”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 117-144 (2015). Invited Plenary. (Presentation on YouTube at:

  • T.I. Farouk, M.C. Hicks, and F. L. Dryer, “Multistage Oscillatory "Cool Flame" Behavior for Isolated Alkane Droplet Combustion in Elevated Pressure Microgravity Condition”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 1701–1708 (2015).

  • F.L. Dryer, FM. Haas, J. Santner, T. Farouk, and M. Chaos, “Interpreting Chemical Kinetics from Complex Reaction‐Advection Diffusion Systems: Modeling of Flow Reactors and Related Experiments”, Progress Energy Combust. Sci. 44, 19-39 (2014).

  • J.S. Heyne, S. Dooley, Z Serinyel, F.L. Dryer, and H.C. Curran, “Decomposition Studies of Isopropanol in a Variable Pressure Flow Reactor”, Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie, 229, 881–907 (2015). Special Issue.

  • T.M. Foong, K.J. Morganti, M.J. Brear, G. da Silva, Y. Yang, F.L. Dryer, “The Octane Numbers of Ethanol Blended with Gasoline and its Surrogates”, Fuel, 115 727-739, 2014.

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