Richard Riman

Richard Riman

Distinguished Professor

Materials Science and Engineering

Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Riman Research Group

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As a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Professor Riman has been teaching for 25 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Materials Science.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Materials and Engineering and his B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University.

Professor Riman has extensive experience working with Federal agencies, companies, government laboratories and universities.  He holds leadership roles in several professional societies and advises federal research organizations such as ONR, DARPA, ARPA-e and others on emerging materials technologies.

His entrepreneurial interests include most recently founding Solidia Technologies Inc., Piscataway, NJ, a company providing green manufacturing methods and construction materials for building and infrastructure applications.


Professor Riman is focused on developing engineering principles for materials synthesis and processing of ceramics.  His main interests are in low temperature green ceramic manufacturing processes to make materials that can match or improve upon those that require high temperature processing.  His main areas of processing expertise are dispersion and particulate mixedness and solution crystallization of ceramics.  His functional materials expertise extends primarily to structural ceramics, electroceramics, optics, and biomaterials.


Professor Riman's teaching responsibilities during the 2023-2024 academic year are:

Fall 2023:

  • MATLS MICROPROC, 14:635:305
  • INTRO COLL/SURF CHEM,16:635:529


Ph.D., Materials & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Ceramic Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Selected Publications

  • M.C. Tan, L. Al-Baroudi, and R. E. Riman, “Surfactant effects on efficiency enhancement of infrared-to-visible upconversion emissions of NaYF4:Yb-Er”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 3 [10] (2011) 3910-3915.
  • M.C. Tan, J. Connolly, and R. E. Riman, "Optical efficiency of short wave infrared emitting phosphors", J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 [36] (2011) 17952-17957.
  • A. Kornienko, B.F. Moore, G.A. Kumar, M.C. Tan, R.E. Riman, M.G. Brik, T.J. Emge, and J.G. Brennan,"Highly NIR emissive lanthanide polyselenides", Inorg. Chem.50 [18] (2011) 9184-9190.
  • C.M. Mossaad, M.C. Tan, M. Starr, E. Payzant, J. Howe and R.E. Riman, "Size dependent crystalline to amorphous uphill phase transformation of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles", Cryst. Growth Des., 11 [1] (2011)45-52.
  • B.F. Moore, G.A. Kumar, M.C. Tan, J. Kohl, R.E. Riman, M.G. Brik, T.J. Emge, J.G. Brennan, "Lanthanide clusters with chalcogen encapsulated Ln:NIR emission from nanoscale NdSe", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 [2] (2011) 373-378.
  • D. J. Naczynski, T. Andelman, D. Pal, S. Chen, R.E. Riman, C.M. Roth, P.V. Moghe, “Albumin nanoshell encapsulation of near infrared excitable rare-earth nanoparticles enhances biocompatibility and enables targeted cell imaging”, Small, 6 [15] (2010) 1631-1640.
  •  M.C. Tan, S.D. Patil, R.E. Riman, “Transparent infrared-emitting CeF3:Yb-Er polymer nanocomposites for optical applications”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2 [7] (2010) 1884-1891.
  •  C. Mossaad, M. Starr, S. Patil, and R.E. Riman, "Thermodynamic modeling of hydroxyapatite crystallization with biomimetic precursor design considerations", Chem. Mater22 (1), (2010) 36-46
  • Q. Wang, M.C. Tan, R. Zhuo, G.A. Kumar and R.E. Riman, "A solvothermal route to size- and phase- controlled highly luminescent NaYF4 : Yb,Er up-conversion nanocrystals," J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 10 (3) (2010) 1685-1692.
  • T. Andelman, S. Gordonov, G. Busto, P.V. Moghe, R.E. Riman, "Synthesis and Cytotoxicity of Y2O3 Nanoparticles of Various Morphologies", Nanoscale Res. Lett., 5, (2010) 263–273.
  • M.C. Tan, G.A. Kumar, R.E. Riman, "Near infrared-emitting Er- and Yb-Er- doped CeF3 nanoparticles with no visible upconversion," Opt. Express17 (18), (2009) 15904-15910.
  • M.C. Tan, G.A. Kumar, R.E. Riman, M.G. Brik, E. Brown, U. Hommerich, "Synthesis and optical properties of infrared emitting YF3: Nd nanoparticles", J. Appl. Phys. 106 (6), (2009), 063118-063118-12.
  • D.J. Haders, A. Burukhin, Y. Huang, C.C. Kazenecki, D.T. Denhardt, D.J.H. Cockayne and R.E. Riman, "Phase sequenced deposition of calcium titanate/hydroxyapatite films with controllable crystallographic texture onto Ti6Al4V by TEP regulated hydrothermal crystallization", Cryst. Growth Des.9 (8), (2009) 3412-3422.
  • A.N. Vasiliev, J.G. Khinast, and R.E. Riman, "Highly dispersible polymer-coated silver nanomaterials", Surf. Coat. Technol203 (2009) 2841-2844.
  • K. Norton, G.A. Kumar, J.L. Dilks, T.J. Emge, R.E. Riman, M.G. Brik and J.G. Brennan, "Lanthanide compounds with fluorinated aryloxide ligands: NIR emission from Nd, Tm, and Er", Inorganic Chem., 48 (8), 3573-3580 (2009).
  • A.N. Vasiliev, E. Zlotnikov, and R.E. Riman, "Calcium phosphate encapsulated silver powder", Surf. Coat. Technol., 203 [10-11], (2009) 1555-1558.
  • W. L. Suchanek and R. E. Riman, “Intelligent Synthesis of Advanced Ceramic Powders”, edited by Mel Schwartz, Smart Materials, CRC Press, a Taylor & Francis Co., Boca Raton, FL,  2008, 2-1