Dr. Brian P. Grady has two research foci, surfactants and polymers, at the University of Oklahoma. He is the Director of the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering. He is also the Director for the Institute for Applied Surfactant Research at the University of Oklahoma

He is a Fellow and Honored Service Member of the SPE and is the President until 2019. SPE has almost 25,000 members all over the world and is the premier professional organization for plastics professionals.

In 2016-2018, he was the Chair for the Surfactants and Detergents Division of the American Oil Chemists Society

In 2014, he was the President of the North American Thermal Analysis Society

He is the Faculty Advisor for Triangle Fraternity at the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Grady also teaches courses, is on the steering committee and co-advises students at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Errata for book: Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites: Manufacture, Properties and Applications.

To e-mail Dr. Grady click here
Phone: 405-325-4369; Fax: 405-325-5813


Surfactant Adsorption
Small-Angle X-ray Scattering

PLGA Nanoparticles
Ion-Containing Polymers

Carbon Nanotube Composites
Admicellar Polymerization

Polymer Nanostructures on Solid Surfaces
Polymer Blends
Simple SAXS and WAXS Software written in Excel
Industrial Collaborators

Equipment and Instruments

Current Graduate Students and Post Docs

JJ Hamon (email)
Fatoumata Ide Seyni (email)

Dr. Jie Gao (email) Maria Castillo Sanchez (email)
Zahra Shahrashoob (e-mail)


Former Graduate Students and Post-Docs

Stephen Henderson (email)
Bryan McAlister (email)
Paul Hunt
Keith Farrell (email)
Diego Acosta (email)
Drew Wassel (email)
Maricel Marquez (email)
Fadee Mondalek (email)
Israel Chavez
Purnatosh Saha (email)
Xiangme Wang (email)
Yanjun Liu (email)
Jiaxi Guo (email)

Xin Wei (email)
Berlin Genetti (email)
Jennifer Reynolds
Andy Carswell (email)
Mai Ha(email)
Kendall Werts(email)
Jon Peters
Jesus Campagna(email)
Shuqing Wu(email)
Wachiraphon Sinthavathavorn (email)
Frank Yepez (email)
Louis Jackson (email)
Greg Yu (email)
Kevin Carr (email)


Selected List of Awards and Honors for Dr. Grady

Honored Service Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (2016)

President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program Outstanding Mentor Award (2014)

Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (2012)

Thomas A Middlebrooks Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2011)

Winner: Best Poster Award at NATAS Annual Meeting (2011)

IUPAC Young Observer (2001)

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2000)

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998)

Advisor of the Year Interfraternity Council, University of Oklahoma (1998)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

University of Illinois
Bronze Tablet (1987)

Phi Beta Kappa

Tau Beta Pi (1986)


Recent Refereed Publications

J.S. Weston, J.H. Harwell, B.P. Grady “Rheological characterization of yield stress gels formed via electrostatic heteroaggregation of metal oxide nanoparticles”, Soft Matter, 13, 6743 (2017)

J. Guo, N. Briggs, S. Crossley, B.P. Grady “A new finding for carbon nanotubes in polymer blends: Reduction of nanotube breakage during melt mixing”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 31, 110 (2018).

K. Bootdee, B.P. Grady, M. Nithitanakul, "Magnetite/poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) and hydroxyapatite/poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) prepared by W/O/W emulsion technique for drug carrier: Evaluation of in vitro release of dexamethasone from composite nanoparticles”, International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 67, 629 (2018)

J. Gao, B.P. Grady, “Reaction kinetics and subsequent rheology of carboxymethyl guar gum produced from guar splits”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 57, 7345 (2018)

J.J. Hamon, R.F. Tabor, A. Striolo, B.P. Grady, “Atomic force microscopy force mapping analysis of an adsorbed surfactant above and below the critical micelle concentration”, Langmuir, 34, 7223 (2018)

B.P. Grady, “Teaching Tips: Tips for Writing a Technical Document for a Technical Audience”, Chemical Engineering Education, 52, 220 (2018)

A. Striolo and B.P. Grady, “Surfactant Assemblies on Selected Nanostructured Surfaces: Evidence, Driving Forces, and Applications”, Langmuir, 33, 8099 (2017). (appeared on cover)

M. Saeidijavash, J. Garg, B.P. Grady, B. Smith, Z.L. Li, R.J. Young, F. Tarannum, N.B. Bekri, “High thermal conductivity through simultaneously aligned polyethylene lamellae and graphene nanoplatelets” Nanoscale, 35, 12867 (2017)

K. Bootdee, B.P. Grady, M. Nithitanakul, “Magnetite/poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) and hydroxyapatite/poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) prepared by w/o/w emulsion technique for drug carrier: physical characteristic of composite nanoparticles”, Colloid and Polymer Science, 295, 2031 (2017).

Q.X. Zheng, J. Grossardt, H. Almkhelfe, J.Y. Yu, B.P. Grady, J.T. Douglas, P.G. Amama, K.L. Hohn, “Study of mesoporous catalysts for conversion of 2,3-butanediol to butenes”, Journal of Catalysis, 354, 182 (2017)

K. Carr, G.J. Ratcliff, B.P. Grady, J.D. Wance, “A Reexamination of the Aging of Organ Leather”, 112, 184 (2017)

G.Z. Yu, Z. Shahrashoob, S. Long, G. Arhancet, Y.J. Liu, A.A. da Silva, B.P. Grady, J.Harwell, G. Arhancet, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Surfactants Based on 2-Hydroxy-4-(methylthio)butanoic Acid: 2. Non-ionic Surfactants”, Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 20, 503 (2017)

M. Suttipong, B.P. Grady, A. Striolo, “Surfactants adsorption on crossing stripes and steps”, Soft Matter, 13, 862 (2017).

H. Yazdani, K. Hatami, B.P. Grady, “Sensor-Enabled Geogrids for Performance Monitoring of Reinforced Soil Structures”, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 44, 391 (2016)

M. Suttipong, B.P. Grady, A. Striolo, “Surfactant Aggregates Templated by Lateral Confinement”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, 5467 (2015)

J. Weston, R. E.  Jentoft, B.P. Grady, D.E. Resasco, J.H. Harwell, “Silica Nanoparticle Wettability: Characterization and Effects on the Emulsion Properties”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 54, 4274 (2015).

G. Yu, S.A. Long, K.A. Karinshak, B.P. Grady, J.H. Harwell, G.B. Arhancet, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Surfactants Based on 2-Hydroxy-4-(Methylthio)Butanoic Acid: 1. Anionic Surfactants,” Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 18,  895 (2015)

J. Guo, N. Briggs, S. Crossley, B.P. Grady, “Morphology of polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) blends: Effects of carbon nanotubes aspect ratio and surface modification”, AICHE Journal, 61, 3500 (2015)

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 (2014).

H. Yazdani, K. Hatami, E. Khosravi, K. Harper, B.P. Grady, “Strain-sensitive conductivity of carbon black-filled PVC composites subjected to cyclic loading” Carbon, 79, 393 (2014).

J. Thavorn, J.J. Hamon, B. Kitiyanan, A. Striolo, B.P. Grady, “Competitive Surfactant Adsorption of AOT and TWEEN 20 on Gold Measured Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation”, Langmuir, 37, 11031 (2014).

L.P. Jackson, R. Andrade, I. Pleasent, B.P. Grady, “Effects of pH and Surfactant Precipitation on Surface Tension and CMC: Determination of Aqueous Sodium n-Alkyl Carboxylate Solutions”, 17, 911 (2014)

Y. Rui, J. Guo, J. Harwell, T. Nakanishi, S. Kotera, B.P. Grady, Electrical, Mechanical, and Crystallization Properties of Ethylene-Tetrafluoroethylene Copolymer/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Composites, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 131, Art # 41052 (2014).

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).

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