Adair Gallo Junior is a chemical engineer from Brazil. He co-founded Massarani, a consultancy company specialized in the areas of Chemical/Environmental Engineering. During his undergraduate study, he was awarded the Science Without Borders scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Iowa, USA. During this stint, he also interned in the laboratory of the Late Prof. Jacob Israelachvili at University of California Santa Barbara, where he investigated the time-dependence of wetting of biomimetic polymeric interfaces. This work appeared on the cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Subsequently, Adair joined Dr. Mishra’s Group at KAUST as an MS-PhD student. His MS-thesis work has settled a long-standing debate on the applicability of electrosprays of water to investigate pristine air-water interfaces; this work has appeared on the cover of Chemical Science – the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Together with Prof. Mishra, Adair is the co-inventor of SandX, and currently responsible for large-scale manufacturing, designing and leading field trials, and testing the complementary effects of SandX with other soil-amendment technologies towards strengthening the global food-water-energy nexus.
Hydrophobic interfaces, application and scale-up of technologies, chemical reactions in electrosprays, biochar, agriculture, aerogels, desalination.