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.
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.
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.
F.L. Dryer, “Chemical Kinetic and Combustion Characteristics of Transportation Fuels”, Proc. Combust. Ins. 35, 117-144 (2015). Invited Plenary. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proc.2014.09.008 (Presentation on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/JInUkIqh2h0)
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). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proci.2014.06.015
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). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pecs.2014.04.002
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/zpch-2014-0630
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2013.07.105