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Office Location: GLT 2.210

Vaibhav Bahadur

Associate Professor

Carl J. Eckhardt Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Clean Energy Technology
Nano and Micro-scale Engineering
Thermal Fluids Systems and Transport Phenomena

Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) is an Associate Professor and Carl J. Eckhardt Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. His research interests lie in thermal sciences, thermal management, energy-water systems, and oil-gas flow assurance. His research targets fundamental and applied aspects of thermal-fluid-particle transport with applications in energy, water and environmental protection. VB has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Postdoc from Harvard University. Additionally, he has 4 years industry R&D experience in GE Global Research and Baker Hughes. Prof. Bahadur is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2017), the SPE Petroleum Engineering Young Faculty Award (2015), the ASME ICNMM Outstanding Early Career Award (2018), the Google Faculty Research Award (2018), and the ACS Doctoral New Investigator Award (2014). He is the winner of the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s R&D Competition at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (2014). Technology developed in his lab was tested on the International Space Station in 2017. Prof. Bahadur has authored 50+ journal articles (h-index of 22), 30+ articles in conference proceedings, 1 book chapter, and has 4 patents issued or pending. His research has been featured on the cover of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering magazine, cover of journals (ACS Nano, Advanced Optical Materials) and in R&D magazine. His research has been highlighted in international news media (NBC, Washington Post). He teaches courses in the areas of heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

Significant Publications
  1. Kar A. and Bahadur V. Using excess natural gas for reverse osmosis-based flowback water treatment in US shale fields. Energy, 117145, 2020.
  2. Bahadur V., Ouroua H., Acharya P., Lokanathan M., Strank S. and Hebner R. New materials for emerging electrical environments. IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 36 (2), 61-63, 2020.
  3. Wikramanayake E., Ozkan O. and Bahadur V. Landfill gas-powered atmospheric water harvesting for oilfield operations in the United States. Energy, 138, 647-658, 2017.
  4. Acharya P. V. and Bahadur V. Fundamental interfacial mechanisms underlying electrofreezing. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 251, 26-43, 2018.
  5. Acharya P. V. and Bahadur V. Thermodynamic features-driven machine learning-based predictions of clathrate hydrate equilibria in the presence of electrolytes, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 530, 112894, 2021.
  6. Acharya P. V., Kar A., Shahriari A., Bhati A., Mhadeshwar A. and Bahadur V. Aluminum-Based Promotion of Nucleation of Carbon Dioxide Hydrates. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 20, 11 pp. 1477-1482, 2020.
  7. Lokanathan, M., Sharma, H., Shabaka, M., Mohanty, K. and Bahadur, V., 2019. Comparing electrowettability and surfactants as tools for wettability enhancement on a hydrophobic surface. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 124155. 2019
  8. Shahriari A., Hermes M. and Bahadur V. Electrical control and enhancement of boiling heat transfer during quenching. Applied Physics Letters, 108, 091607, 2016.
  9. Wikramanayake E. and Bahadur V. Electrowetting-based enhancement of droplet growth dynamics and heat transfer during humid air condensation. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 140, 260-268 (4), 2019.
  10. Hale R. and Bahadur V. Electrowetting heat pipes for heat transport over extended distances. IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 5 (10), 1441-1450, 2015.