Metal Oxide-infused Membranes Could Offer Low-Energy Alternative For Chemical Separations

Chemical manufacturers consume a massive amount of energy each year separating and refining feedstocks to make a wide variety of products including gasoline, plastics and food. In a bid to reduce the amount of energy used in chemical separations, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on membranes that could separate chemicals without using energy-intensive distillation processes.

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Darren Woods, the CEO of ExxonMobil, recently discussed Dr. Lively and Dr. Koh's work

Darren Woods, the new CEO of ExxonMobil, discussed academic-industrial partnerships, and highlighted the work ongoing in Dr. Lively's focusing on organic solvent reverse osmosis.  The remarks occurred at the 2017 CERAWeek meeting, which is a high-level annual energy conference where world leaders discuss emerging trends in energy technology, among other issues. (

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(discussion is at the 5:00-6:00 minute mark)

Ryan Lively Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Ryan Lively, an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, has won a 2017 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. 

The CAREER Award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. [Read more]

Georgia Tech Research Horizons discusses Dr. Sholl and Dr. Lively's new commentary in Nature regarding chemical separations

Thermally-based industrial chemical separation processes such as distillation now account for 10 to 15 percent of the world’s annual energy use. Slaking the global thirst for energy could therefore get a substantial boost from improved technologies for producing fuels, plastics, food and other products with reduced inputs of energy... [read more]

ACS Central Science interviews Dr. Lively & Dr. Jones regarding CO2 capture and sequestration.

At Saskatchewan’s Boundary Dam power plant, not far from the U.S. border with North Dakota, one of its generating units burns some 800,000 tons of coal each year to provide about 139 MW of electricity to businesses and homes in the region. But since late 2014, the carbon dioxide produced by that burning has had a new fate: Instead of flitting up...[read more]