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Dr. Vemuri Balakotaiah, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering


  • Areas of expertise

    • Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering
    • Multi-phase Flows
    • Multi-scale Mathematical Modeling of Physiological systems
    • Chemical Engineering for Petroleum Engineering Applications
    • Modeling and Analysis of Catalytic Monoliths
  • Awards

    • Flour-Daniel Faculty Excellence Award, Cullen College of Engineering: 2007
    • Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Houston: 2003
    • Ya. B. Zeldovich Award, The Dow Chemical Company: 2001
    • Member, Modeling Technical Advisory Board, The Dow Chemical Company: 1998-2001
  • Publications

    • Ratnakar, R. R., & Balakotaiah, V., Coarse-graining of diffusion-reaction models with catalyst archipelagos. Chemical Engineering Science, 110, 44-54., 2014
    • Salgi, P., & Balakotaiah, V, Impact of Gravity on the Bubble-to-Pulse Transition in Packed Beds. Aiche Journal, 60(2), 778-793., 2014
    • V. Balakotaiah and D. H. West, Thermal Effects and Bifurcations in Catalytic Partial Oxidations”, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 5, 68-77., 2014
    • A. Kota, D. Luss and V. Balakotaiah, "Modeling Studies of Low-temperature Aerobic NOx Reduction by a Sequence of LNT-SCR Bricks", AIChE J., 59, pp. 3421-3431, 2013
    • B. Shakya, M. Harold and V. Balakotaiah, “Using Crystallite Scale Model to Explain the Effect of Cycle Time on NH3 Generation in Low Dispersion Pt/BaO/Al2O3 Catalysts”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 230, pp.584-594, 2013
    • I. Alam and V. Balakotaiah, “Spectral Properties and Low-dimensional Description of Loop and Recycle Reactors”, AIChE Journal, 59, pp. 3365-3377, 2013
    • M. Yu, D. Luss and V. Balakotaiah, “Analysis of Flow Distribution and Heat Transfer in a Diesel Particulate Filter”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 226, pp.68-78, 2013
    • M. Yu, D. Luss and V. Balakotaiah, “Analysis of Regeneration Modes of a Diesel Particulate Filter”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 232, pp.541-554, 2013
    • M. Yu, D. Luss and V. Balakotaiah, “Analysis of Ignition in a Diesel Particulate Filter”, Catalysis Today, 216, pp.158-168, 2013 
    • P. Maheshwari and V. Balakotaiah, “Comparison of Carbonate Acidization Experiments with 3-D Simulations”, SPE Production and Operations Journal, (in press, DOI: 10.2118/164517-PA), 2013


  • Patents

    • Subterranean formation treatment methods using a darcy scale and pore scale model - 05/21/2003
    • Modeling, simulation and comparison of models for wormhole formation during matrix stimulation of carbonates - 12/22/2005
  • Funded Research

    • National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy joint grant to support diesel emissions research - $1.2 million
    • National Science Foundation grant to further research on computational models and algorithms to optimize engine efficiency and emissions - $200,000
  • Curriculum Vitae


    Not available

  • Contact information

    S237 Engineering Building 1
    Phone: 713-743-4318 | Fax: 713-743-4323