Adair Gallo Junior

PhD Students


Adair Gallo Junior received his bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the State University of Western Parana in 2016 in Brazil. In 2011 he cofounded Massarani, a nonprofit organization, that works in Chemical/Environmental Engineering consultancy and projects. In 2014 during his undergraduate studies, he received a Science Without Borders scholarship and went for an exchange program at the University of Iowa, USA, where he focused mainly on Industrial Engineering and Business and Entrepreneurship courses. During this stint, he spent a summer at University of California Santa Barbara working at the Interfacial Lab on a project on bio-inspired textures, which led to a cover article in a top ACS journal (January 2016). In the summer of 2016, he joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in an MS-PhD program in Environmental Science and Engineering, where he is working in Professor Mishra’s laboratory on exploring new applications of superhydrophobic sands, for example in desert agriculture and prevention of dust storms. Adair and his team (Wafferha) won the first prize at the STEAM Challenge held at KAUST in 2017 in partnership with Dow. Their project aimed to solve the current bottleneck for distribution of thermal insulators for buildings in Saudi Arabia.

Research Interests

I am interested in many areas of science, engineering, and education.
Particularly, my research at KAUST focus on interfacial chemistries and physics. I have to goal of using the potential of interfaces to create solutions for real-world problems. One of the projects that I am working on focuses on a hydrophobic sand mulch that reduces the irrigation requirements in desert agriculture. I am also working with electrosprays for mass spectrometry, which are hydrophobic liquid/gas systems that operate under high electric fields.
The opportunities for research on interfaces are vast, considering the fact that interfaces are everywhere, from the nanomaterial to the hydrophobic cell membrane or the plane wings. 

Selected Publications

H. Mishra, A. M. Schrader, D. W. Lee, A. Gallo Jr., S-Y. Chen, Y. Kaufman, S. Das, J. N. Israelachvili, "Time-Dependent Wetting Behavior of PDMS Surfaces with Bioinspired, Hierarchical Structures", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces December (2015) DOI: 10.1021/acsa​mi.5b10721 ​​


B.S., Chemical Engineering, State University of Western Parana (UNIOESTE), Toledo - Paraná - Brazil, 2015.
Chemical Technician, Federal Technological University of Parana (UTFPR), Medianeira - Paraná - Brazil, 2009.


​​Brazil Scientific Mobility Program Scholarship at The University of Iowa, United States of America, 2014.