Jagadeswara R. Karra, Ph.D.



B.E(Hons)., 2002, Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India 
M.Tech., 2005, Chemical Engineering, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, India (Affiliated to U.P.Technical University, India) 


HONSTEAD fellowship at Kansas State University, 2006 – 2007 
BAIRD (MAE) memorial scholarship at Kansas State University, 2007-2008 
MHRD fellowship for the masters program at H.B.T.I., Kanpur, Aug 2003 – July 2005
First prize for best paper presentation in Environmental session – IV in CHEMCON-2004 held at Mumbai, Dec 27th - 30th, 2004


Reddy Karra was born and brought up in Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his BE(Hons) degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India and his M.Tech from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, India both in Chemical Engineering. While at BITS, he did his interns at Kalpana Chemicals Limited, India for 3 months and Grasim Industries, Nagda for six months. During his Masters, he worked on “Hydrodynamic and Mass Transfer Studies in a rotating packed bed with split packing, under the direction of Prof. Rama, O.P, HBTI and Prof. Rao, D.P., IIT,Kanpur. After his completion of Masters and a short stint as a PhD Student (2005-2006) at IITK, he joined the Walton Group as a PhD student in Fall 2006 at Kansas State University and later moved along with the group to Georgia Institute of Technology in Fall 2009.

Research Interests

The principal theme of our research is developing an understanding of adsorption phenomena in microporous metal organic materials and determining the applicability of these materials for use in adsorption separations (mainly CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4). We use both experimental and molecular simulations techniques to gain insight into these fundamental issues on adsorption and designing new metal organic materials. We synthesize these materials in our lab and characterize these materials using techniques like single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, TGA, and BET. We then employ adsorption equilibrium studies for studying both single and multicomponent mixtures on these materials. In conjunction to these experimental studies, we employ molecular modeling studies to compare with the experimental results. These molecular modeling studies can provide much needed information related to the open metal sites, site preferences, adsorbate interactions and heats of adsorption. The results of these investigations can be directed towards developing new materials for applications in adsorption separations.