"La Alegoria del Cafe" by Aleardo Villa (1897), Teatro Nacional, Costa Rica [click image for more info]


Our research work and related activities focus on the use computational methods and applied mathematics to address problems of interest in chemical engineering, in general. We put particular emphasis on applied aspects of chemical engineering thermodynamics applied to both microscopic and macroscopic systems. On the latter,  we have been working on renewable energy projects including waste water sludge conversion and utilization, biomass pre-treatment and conversion using hydrothermal and torrefaction methods, and life cycle analysis of hydrothermal geothermal energy extraction.

Other research efforts focus on understanding the effects of uncertainty and robustness analysis of chemical process modeling, molecular dynamics simulation of nano-scale reverse micellar systems for nano-particle synthesis and prediction of thermophysical properties in wide ranges of conditions, using both molecular-based methods and atomistic simulations.


B.S. (Licenciate), University of Costa Rica, 1991
M.S., University of Nevada, 1998
Ph.D., University of Nevada, 1999

Victor R. Vasquez 

Prof. Victor R. Vasquez

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering


Office & Address 

Office LME 305
Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering Building

Chemical and Materials Engineering 
Mail Stop 170
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557, USA



Email & Telephone 

Email: victor.vasquez@unr.edu

Tel: +1 (775) 784-6060 Office
Tel: +1 (775) 784-4680 Research Lab
Tel: +1 (775) 784-4764 Faxcsimile


News & Press 

Sludge to power research

An innovative process operating at relatively low temperatures in a fluidized bed of particles is being developed to economically produce a biofuel stock from wastewater sludge. The new patent-pending, low-cost, energy-efficient technology is an experimental carbon-neutral system, which is being analyzed for its suitability for fuel production through gasification. Read more>