Grainger Fellow to Represent UW on Multidisciplinary Research Effort

Greeshma Gadikota, faculty fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be representing the UW-Madison College of Engineering on a new multidisciplinary, multi-institute collaboration led by the University of Utah’s College of Engineering and College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Established out of a four-year, $10.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Frontier Research Center for Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Architected and Natural Materials (MUSE) will focus on how complex fluids interact with complex materials such as shale to improve the production of energy resources while minimizing its environmental impact.

Gadikota, who studies the materials we use to produce energy and consumer goods, will be focused on understanding how fluids behave at complex interfaces using advanced experimental and molecular modeling tools. She says that energy production uses more than an ideal amount of resources and materials, both natural and engineered. “If we can understand the science of how fluids behave in confinement, how they flow and react and why, we can improve energy and resource recovery, and even reduce the amount of the good stuff—like water—that we use,” she said.

“Greeshma is not only bringing her expertise to the table, she’s leveraging the strengths of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department and the Energy and Sustainability resources within the Grainger Institute for Engineering to collaborate on this large-scale activity,” said Dan Thoma, Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering. “That’s fantastic.”

“Thanks to the support of UW, our group has been able to build up capabilities in novel reactor systems and solid-state characterization,” Gadikota said. “The strength that we bring is being able to intelligently combine them both.”

Gadikota will also be utilizing resources in the national synchrotron X-ray research facility at Argonne National Laboratory.

In addition to researchers from the University of Utah and UW-Madison’s Gadikota, the team includes personnel from the Idaho National Laboratory; Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Davis; and the University of Wyoming. Read the University of Utah’s official announcement here.