Postdoctoral Research Associate



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Laramie, WY 82071




Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Program of COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2014-2018

Thesis: \Double Population Cascaded Lattice Boltzmann Method”
Thesis advisor: Prof. Frederico Wanderley Tavares (Escola de Quimica, PEQ-COPPE, UFRJ)
Co-advisor: Prof. Robert Straka (AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland)

M.Sc., Photonics Engineering (dual degree), 2006-2008

University of St-Andrews, UK and Heriot-Watt University, UK,
University of Ghent, Belgium (European Commission), EU
Postgraduate fellowship by European Commission

M.Sc., Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) Guwahati, India, 2004-2006

B.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, C. C. S. University, Meerut, India, 2001-2004

Work Experience:

National Post-Doc Fellow, Chemical Engineering Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 2018 – February 2020

Advisor: Prof. Frederico Wanderley Tavares (Escola de Quimica, PEQ-COPPE, UFRJ)

I developed new collision schemes for the lattice Boltzmann methods, which will be implemented in dealing with multiphase flows for oil and gas industry. These sophisticated LBM schemes
might come very handy in addressing the complexities associated with various types of multiphase-multicomponent flows in complex geometry.
From the experimental aspects, I worked in the area of ow in complex porous media such as Coquina/carbonate rocks. I helped in developing a state-of-art laboratory which will have rigs that can support forced imbibition in heterogeneous rocks along with high-end LBM simulations for ow simulations. Converging experiments and numerical simulations leading to well-defined solutions are my greatest motivation. Injection of nanoparticles with surfactants to alter the wettability profile and its applications for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) was the ultimate objective of this research.

Research Engineer, Pontificia Universidade Catolica – Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), 2011-2013

  • Nanotechnology, study on carbon-capturing techniques, design of fiber optic sensors for detecting H2S and CO2, thin films of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)
  •  Attended courses on fluid mechanics, engineering of offshore systems used in the hydrocarbon industry, advanced drilling and completion of oil wells, hydraulic fracturing of reservoirs, i.e., KPN/PKN methods

Researcher, North Fluminense State University (UENF), Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering for Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas, Macae, Brazil, 2009-2011

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering. Well-test Analysis. Attended courses offered by PETROBRAS and the university on petroleum engineering, reservoir engineering, advanced well-test analysis, drilling, completion and mathematical methods applied in the petroleum industry



Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Robert Straka and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “New Cascaded Thermal Lattice Boltzmann Method for simulations of advection-diffusion and convective heat transfer”, International Journal of Thermal Sciences 118, 259–277 (2017).

Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Joao V. Nicolini, Olga M.O. de Araujo, Robert Straka, Helen C. Ferraz, Ricardo T. Lopes and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Laser-Induced Wettability Alteration in Limestone Rocks”, Materials Today Communications 17, 332–340 (2018).

Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Robert Straka, and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Natural convection heat transfer modeling by the cascaded thermal lattice Boltzmann method”, International Journal of Thermal Sciences 134, 552–564 (2018).

Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Olga M.O. de Araujo, Joao V. Nicolini, Robert Straka, Helen C. Ferraz, Ricardo T. Lopes and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Laser-Induced Alteration of Microstructural and Microscopic Transport Properties in Porous Materials: Experiment, Modeling and Analysis”, Materials & Design 155, 307–316 (2018).

Robert Straka, Keerti Vardhan Sharma, D. Svyetlichnyy and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Cascaded Lattice Boltzmann Method application in forced and natural convection”, Journal of Physics Conference Series 1101, 012040 (2018).

Olga M.O. de Araujo, Keerti Vardhan Sharma, A.S. Machado, T.M.P. Santos, C.G. Ferreira, Straka, F.W. Tavares and R.T. Lopes “Representative elementary Volume in limestone sample”, Journal of Instrumentation 13, C10003 (2018).

Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Robert Straka and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Industrial Applications”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 58, 16205–16234 (2019).

Keerti Vardhan Sharma, Robert Straka and Frederico Wanderley Tavares “Current Status of Lattice Boltzmann Methods Applied to Aerodynamic, Aeroacoustic, and Thermal Flows”, Review Article, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 115, 100616 (2020).