Martha Grover is a Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. She joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2002, and received an NSF CAREER award in 2004. In 2011 she received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE. Her research program is dedicated to understanding, modeling, and engineering the self-assembly of atoms and small molecules to create larger scale structures and complex functionality. Her approach draws on process systems engineering, combining modeling and experiments in applications dominated by kinetics, including surface deposition, crystal growth, polymer reaction engineering, and colloidal assembly. She is a member of the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, and the Georgia Tech Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics.
Prof. Lively received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010, and spent nearly three years as a research engineer at Algenol Biofuels
before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He published 25 papers and filed two U.S. patent applications during his time at Algenol Biofuels, where his work 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, and a 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. He has over 60 publications in the field of separations including articles in Science, Nature, and Nature Materials.