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Brian P. Grady

Brian Grady


Director CBME
Conoco Du Pont Professor
Professor, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Director, Institute for Applied Surfactant Research

Vice-President, Society of Plastics Engineers (2008-2011)

Secretary, Society of Plastics Engineers (2010-2011)

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign (1987);
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)

Experience and Awards
Project Engineer, Procter and Gamble (1987-89);
NSF CAREER Award (1998-2003);
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2000-2001)
President's Associate Presidential Professor (2006-2010)
Vice-President, Society of Plastics Engineers (2008-2011)


(405) 325-4369
F:(405) 325-5813
Research Website
Institute for Applied Surfactant Research

Our research has three focuses: the first is on polymer systems with two different components, such as polymer-matrix composites, especially those with carbon nanotubes, phase separated copolymers or polymer blends. The second interest is fundamental properties of oil-water interfaces, especially at high pressures and temperatures.   The third interests is fundamental characteristics of surfactants in solution with an emphasis on adsorption at the solid-liquid interface. The goal of our research is to quantify how and why the separate components influence properties by understanding the underlying micro- or nano¬structure. In other words, we are interested in determining the fundamental interrelation-ship between chemical structure, morphology, and properties. Our group uses extremely high-tech equipment to explore these characteristics including x-ray and light scattering, electron and atomic force microscopy, shear rheology, and drop-shape analysis/rheology.  Our laboratory is involved in collaborations with both academic and industrial colleagues in which we bring these important characterization tools to study relevant and practical problems. As of August 2014, the results of our research have been featured in over 115 refereed papers and 10 book chapters.   Dr. Grady is also the author of a single-author book on carbon nanotubes in polymers.

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Selected Publications

B.P. Grady, Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites: Manufacture, Properties, and Applications,  (New York: John Wiley & Sons), August 2011 (ISBN: 978-0-470-59641-8).
Refereed Archival Journal Articles

S. Charoenpongpool, M. Nithitanankul and B.P. Grady, “Melt-neutralization of maleic anhydride grafted on high-density polyethylene compatibilizer for polyamide-6/high-density polyethylene blend: effect of neutralization level on compatibility of the blend” Polymer Bulletin, 70, 293 (2013).

X.P. Du, K.J. Chen, S. Kuriyavar, R.D. Kopke, B.P. Grady, D.H. Bourne, W. Li, K.J. Dormer, “Magnetic Targeted Delivery of Dexamethasone Acetate Across the Round Window Membrane in Guinea Pigs”, Otology and Neurotology, 34, 42 (2013).

K. Bui, B.P. Grady, M.C. Saha, D.V. Papavassiliou, “Effect of carbon nanotube persistence length on heat transfer in nanocomposites: a simulation approach”, Applied Physics Letters, 102, Art. No 203116 (2013).

J.X. Guo, P. Saha, J.F. Lian, M.C. Saha, B.P. Grady, “Multi-walled carbon nanotubes coated by multi-layer silica for improving thermal conductivity of polymer composites”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 113, 2, 467 (2013).

Y. Rui, B.P. Grady, “Long-time crystallization kinetics in zinc-neutralized ethylene-methacrylic acid ionomers”, Thermochimica Acta, 565, 183 (2013).

A. Ramanathan, R. Maheswari, B.P. Grady, D.S. Moore, D. H. Barich, B. Subramaniam, “Tungsten-incorporated cage-type mesoporous silicate: W-KIT-5”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 175, 43 (2013).

L.P. Jackson, C. Townsend, B.P. Grady, “Mixtures of nonionic surfactants made from renewable resources with alkyl sulfates and sodium n-alkanecarboxylates: comparison of mixing behavior using Rubingh's treatment”, Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 16, 893 (2013).

G. Yu, K. Karinshak, J. Harwell, B.P. Grady, A. Woodside, M. Ghosh, “Interfacial behavior and water solubility of various asphaltenes at high temperature”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 441, 378 (2014).

J. Guo, Y. Liu, R. Prada-Silvy, Y. Tan, S. Azad, B. Krause, P. Pötschke, B.P. Grady, “Aspect Ratio Effects of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes on Electrical, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties of Polycarbonate/MWCNT Composites”, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 52, 73 (2014).

N. Patil, J. Kelsey, J. Fischer,  B.P. Grady, J.L. White,  “Creating polymer templates and their use in the in-situ synthesis of biodegradable composite networks”, Polymer, 55, 2332 (2014).

M. Suttipong, B.P. Grady, A. Striolo, “Self-assembled surfactants on patterned surfaces: confinement and cooperative effects on aggregate morphology” Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, 16, 16388-16398 (2014).