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