Victor R. Vasquez

Associate Professor
Victor Vasquez

Contact Information


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

Research interests

  • Uncertainty analysis of thermodynamic models and process flowsheets
  • Process synthesis and simulation
  • Parallel computing
  • Thermodynamics of complex fluids
  • Simulation of novel separation processes
  • Pollution prevention analysis
  • Molecular simulation

Relevant past experience

  • Investigator on DOE and private-sponsored research for biomass conversion into energy including wastewater sludge
  • NSF-sponsored research for process system analysis of insulin delivery models and molecular simulation of reverse micellar systems
  • Private-sponsored projects for analysis and modeling of rocket engines
  • Private consulting for various entities and companies, including the Interamerican Bank of Development (Bolivar Program) for technology transfer in Latin America, the Costa Rican government in energy-related issues, the Costa Rican Petroleum Refining Company, and instructor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica
  • Active member of AIChE

Selected & Recent Publications

  • Vasquez, V.; Brandon, W.; Olivia, O. Stability and Comparative Analysis of AOT-Water-Isooctane Reverse Micelle System Using Dynamic Light Scattering and Molecular Dynamics, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011. doi:10.1021/jp109202f
  • Acharjee, T., Coronella, C., Vasquez, V. R., Effect of Thermal Pretreatment on Equilibrium Moisture Content of Lignocellulosic Biomass. Bioresource Technology, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2011.01.018
  • Lynam, J.; Coronella, C.; Yan, W.; Reza, T.; Vasquez, V. Acetic Acid and Lithium Chloride Effects on Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignocellulosic Biomass. Bioresource Technology, 201. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2011.02.035
  • Vasquez, V.R.; Braganza, A.; Coronella, C. Molecular Thermodynamics Modeling of Equilibrium Moisture in Foods. J. of Food Engineering. 2011, 103(1), pp 103-114.
  • Yan, W., Hastings, J., Acharjee, T., Vasquez, V. R., Coronella, C. Mass and Energy Balance of Wet Torrefaction of Lignocellulosic Biomass. Energy and Fuels, 2010, 24 (9), pp 4738-4742. doi:10.1021/ef901273n