Center for Understanding and Control of Acid Gas-induced Evolution of Materials for Energy (UNCAGE-ME)



Ryan Lively

Lead Institution

Georgia Institute of Technology




To develop and harness a deep knowledge base in the characterization, prediction, and control of acid-gas interactions with a broad class of materials to accelerate materials discovery in acid gas separations, conversion, and utilization.

Research Topics

catalysis (heterogeneous), extreme environments, defects, separations, membranes, carbon capture, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (predictive)

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, oxide, polymer, ceramic, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, gas/solid

Nanostructured: 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), machine learning, data science 

Partner Institutions

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lehigh University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Washington University in St. Louis 

BES Staff Contact

Viviane Schwartz, Chris Bradley