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 & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011

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


Ryan Lively was born in Tallahassee, FL 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 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 chemistry-inspired materials design. In particular, his research group investigates fundamentals of adsorption and diffusion in hybrid polymeric and microporous materials to work towards rational design of fiber-based separation devices. He is a recipient of a 2013 NSF BRIGE Award, a 2017 NSF CAREER Award, and a 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.  He has over 70 publications in the field of separations including articles in Science, Nature, and Nature Materials.



Classes Taught

Fall 2013: ChBE 2100

Fall 2014: ChBE 2100

Spring 2015 : ChBE 2100

Fall 2015 : ChBE 2100


2013 NSF BRIGE Award

2016 CETL/BP Young Faculty Teaching Award

2016-2017 Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow

2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 

2017 NSF CAREER Award

Invited Talks

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

  2. RP Lively, “Impact of zeolitic imidazolate framework flexilbity on molecular separation processes,” Gordon Research Conference: Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications,  Holderness, NH, August 2015 

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

  4. RP Lively, "Impact of zeolitic imidazolate framework flexibility and structural deformations on molecular separation processes", Recent Developments in Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials for Energy, Environmental and Water Applications, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Feb 2015

  5. Seminar, Arizona State University, March 2014

  6. RP Lively, “Hollow fiber sorbents as a vehicle for energy-efficient utilization of advanced adsorbents”, International Workshop on Carbon Dioxide Capture by Porous Solids. Daejeon, South Korea, October 2013.

  7. RP Lively, WJ Koros, “Hollow fiber sorbents: a vehicle for low-cost CO2 capture,” SPE Workshop, CCS: Converting CO2 from Waste into Profit. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2012

  8. RP Lively, “Low energy intensity separations for algae-based biofuel production,” Going Green: Sustainable Technologies Panel, Atlanta, GA, April 2012

  9. RP Lively, RR Chance, WJ Koros, “Hollow-Fiber-Based Adsorbent System for CO2 Capture from Flue Gas,” Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Workshop, Talloires, France, July 2010

  10. RP Lively, RR Chance, HW Deckman, BT Kelley, WJ Koros, “Hollow-Fiber-Based Adsorbent System for CO2 Capture from Flue Gas,” 13th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, College Park, MD, June 2009

  11. RP Lively, “A New CO2 Capture Platform: Hollow Fiber Adsorbents for Post-Combustion Recovery,” The Impact of CO2 on Global Climate Change (seminar series), Atlanta, GA, September 2009