Meet the People of Airable Labs

November 6, 2019 Ohio Soybean Council

Barry McGraw
Founder and Chief Laboratory Officer

Highlights:

  • Spearheaded OSC product RDD&D and the creation of Airable Research Lab, from concept to founding
  • Escalated total OSC royalty payments to $1.2M
  • Led OSC in product development that attained 10 R&D 100 Awards and the 2018 Bio-Based Material of the Year Award
  • Brings breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the soybean industry and soy-based R&D

Experience:

  • Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), Director, Product Development and Commercialization
  • Battelle, Program Manager / Deputy Director of IR&D / Research Scientist

Education:

  • BS Plastics Engineering, Shawnee State University
  • MBA Certification, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
  • Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute

Expertise:

  • Engineering
  • Advanced materials research
  • Bio-based R&D
  • Intellectual property
  • Manufacturing
  • Product development
  • Product marketing
  • Program and project management

Ram Lalgudi
Inventor and Chief Technology Officer

Highlights:

  • 2015 Battelle Inventor of the Year
  • Developed CO2-to-chemicals platform
  • Invented a novel concept for making bio-based polyurethane and polyamide spherical particles via dispersion and suspension polymerization techniques
  • Developed bio-based self-healing coatings
  • Played key role in development of bio-based aqueous polyurethane dispersions as binders for automotive coatings

Experience:

  • Battelle, Research Scientist
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Chemical laboratory, India, Research Fellow
  • Asian Paints, India, Research Chemist

Education:

  • PhD Polymer Chemistry, National Chemical Laboratory, India
  • MS Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, India

Expertise:

  • Bio-based products
  • Polymer membranes
  • Nanotechnology

Rachid Taha
Director and Research Leader

Highlights:

  • Led biofuel project at Battelle; new technology led to spin-off company Versa
  • Led $5M project to commercialize microchannel technology, advancing TRL from 3–4 to 7–8 and decreasing cost by 50%
  • Developed a new technology by converting coal to liquid products
  • Accrued hundreds of invention disclosures and trade secrets related to materials development, reactor designs, corrosion, and synthesis processes

Experience:

  • Taha Consulting LLC, Principal
  • Battelle, Senior Research Scientist
  • Velocys, Senior Scientist
  • Apyron Technologies, Project Manager

Education:

  • PhD Physico–Chemistry, Poitiers University, France
  • MA Applied Chemistry, Poitiers University

Expertise:

  • Materials development
  • Materials analysis and characterization
  • New systems for chemical reactions
  • Hazard analyses
  • Project management

Matt Nye
Solver and Chemist

Highlights:

  • Experienced in a range of test methods
  • Record of rapid advancement
  • Understanding of business practices

Experience:

  • Manager and instructor, various

Education:

  • BS Chemistry, The Ohio State University

Expertise:

  • Materials characterization and analytical techniques

Josh Queener
Analyzer and Junior Chemist

Highlights:

  • Passion and ambition in both organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Dexterity with high-tech equipment
  • Well-versed in primary chemistry literature

Experience:

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Chemistry Department, Teaching Assistant

Education:

  • BS Chemistry–ACS, Ohio Wesleyan University

Expertise:

  • Technology and equipment