Ryan P. Lively, PhD

NAMS 2013

NAMS 2013

Phone: (404) 894-8795

E-mail: ryan [dot] lively [at] chbe [dot] gatech [dot] edu

Mailing Address: 

School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

311 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0100


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011

B.S. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006


Ryan Lively was born in 1984.  He spent approximately 16 years in Gainesville, FL and attended almost every home football game at The Swamp.  He enrolled at Georgia Tech in 2002 as an eager Chemical Engineering student and has been a Yellow Jacket at heart ever since. During his studies at Georgia Tech, Ryan worked on research projects as diverse as ab initio quantum mechanical methods to estimate molecular binding energies, fresh Georgia peach preservation, composite spinneret design, dual-layer hollow fiber membrane spinning, and sorbent-loaded fiber spinning. Ryan introduced a rapid temperature swing adsorption (RTSA) approach for post-combustion CO2 capture, which was successfully demonstrated by adapting knowledge developed in membrane science to design unique nanoscale composite adsorbent/heat exchangers.

After his Ph.D. (awarded in 2010), he spent almost 3 years as a post-doctoral research engineer at Algenol Biofuels, where he published 25 papers and filed two U.S. patent applications. His work at Algenol focused on developing energy-efficient liquid and vapor separation systems for downstream biofuel purification. His current research seeks to advance energy efficient fluid separation processes critical to the global energy infrastructure via application of materials design. In particular, his research group investigates fundamentals of adsorption and diffusion in hybrid polymeric and microporous materials to enable design of fiber-based separation devices. He is a recipient of a 2013 NSF BRIGE Award, a 2017 NSF CAREER Award, a 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the 2018 Kunesh Award from the AIChE Separations Division, and a 2018 DOE Early Career Award.  He has over 80 publications in the field of separations including articles in Science, Nature, and Nature Materials.



Classes Taught

ChBE 2100, ChBE 2801, ChBE 3130, ChBE 3225, ChBE 4200/4210


2013 NSF BRIGE Award

2016 CETL/BP Young Faculty Teaching Award

2016-2017 Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow

2016 Invited Participant to National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 

2017 NSF CAREER Award

2017 "Class of Influential Researchers", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

2017 "Up-and-Coming Researcher", Chemistry of Materials

2018 Kunesh Award

2018 DOE Early Career Award

2018 "Emerging Investigator", Journal of Materials Chemistry

Invited Lectures


18.       University of California, Berkeley, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, October 2017

17.       Northwestern University, Department of Chemistry, March 2017

16.       University of Queensland, School of Chemical Engineering, December 2016

15.       University of Melbourne, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, December 2016

14.       Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2016

13.       Tufts University, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, December 2015

12.       University of Florida, Department of Chemical Engineering, October 2015

11.       Zhejiang University, College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, May 2015

10.         Arizona State University, Chemical Engineering Program, March 2014

9.         University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, February  2013 

8.         Princeton University, Chemical and Biological Engineering, February 2013 

7.         Arizona State University, Chemical Engineering Program, February 2013 

6.         North Carolina State University, Department of  Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, January 2013 

5.         University of Virginia, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2013 

4.         Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2013 

3.         University of Texas Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2013 

2.         Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, January 2013

1.         Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, October 2012 


7.           Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX, May 2018

6.           American Air Liquide, Newark, DE, October 2017

5.           ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, Clinton, NJ, June 2017

4.           ExxonMobil Chemicals, Houston, TX, September 2016

3.           Linde Corporation, Munich, Germany, June 2016

2.           Pall Corporation, Port Washington, NY,April 2015

1.           Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA, December 2013

Conferences and Workshops

25.       Keynote lecture, MOF 2018, Auckland, New Zealand,  December 2018

24.       Plenary lecture, 17th Aachener Membrane Colloquium, Aachen, Germany, November 2018

23.       Keynote lecture, 27th International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, August 2018

22.       Gordon Research Conference on Membranes and Membrane Processes, New London, New Hampshire,                August 2018

21.       2018 Process Innovation Symposium, Oak Brook IL, May 2018

20.       Spring MRS Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2018

19.       AIChE Fall Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2017

18.       International symposium on composites of metal and covalent organic frameworks: fundamentals and                  applications, University of Granada, Spain, September 2017

17.       Tutorial lecture, 8th Advances in Cement-Based Materials, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2017

16.       Satinder Ahuja Award Session, Pittcon, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017

15.       New Materials Horizon for Energy-Intensive Industrial Separations, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, February 2017

14.       Keynote lecture, Fundamentals and Applications of Advanced Porous Materials, Adelaide, Australia,                   December 2016

13.      Keynote lecture, International Membrane Science and Technology Conference, Adelaide, Australia,                         December 2016

12.       Keynote lecture, CarbonWater 2016, Shanghai, China, November 2016

11.      ACS Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016

10.      Gordon Research Conference: Membranes and Membrane Processes, New London, NH, August 2016

9.        Gordon Research Conference: Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications,  Holderness, NH, August 2015

8.        Recent Developments in Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials for Energy, Environmental and                     Water Applications, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, February 2015

7.       Graduate Student Career Workshop, North American Membrane Society, Houston, TX, June 2014

6.       International Workshop on Carbon Dioxide Capture by Porous Solids. Daejeon, South Korea, October 2013.

5.        SPE Workshop, CCS: Converting CO2 from Waste into Profit. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2012

4.        Going Green: Sustainable Technologies Panel, Atlanta, GA, April 2012

3.        Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Workshop, Talloires, France, July 2010

2.        13th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, College Park, MD, June 2009

1.         The Impact of CO2 on Global Climate Change, Atlanta, GA, September 2009