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Vivek Bharadwaj is a staff scientist in the Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL.

He uses computational tools and models to enhance knowledge of the basic energy sciences and accelerate the development of novel biochemical and thermochemical technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and chemicals. 

Vivek's computational modeling expertise spans across multiple length and time scales ranging from applying quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics at the atomic and molecular scale to using finite element methods at the particle scale to model various biological (e.g., proteins and biomass) and chemical (e.g., catalysts and eletrolytes) systems.

His doctoral research focused on using molecular modeling approaches to understand the biological instability of hydrocarbon fuels, improving cellulose feedstock utilization with ionic liquids, and understanding molecular ordering in biodiesels. 

Research Interests

Mechanisms of biomass biosynthesis in plants

Biophysics and biochemistry of plant cell wall pectins

Enzymatic mechanisms of biomass deconstruction and upgrading 

Development of intrinsic kinetics and multiphysics models of complex catalytic systems

Electron transport in biological systems and energy storage materials

Professional Experience

Staff Scientist, Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center, NREL (2018–present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Biosciences Center, NREL (2015–2018)

Process Engineer, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (2008–2010)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Master, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology Surat


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