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Gorakh Pawar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Dynamic Modeler for Tight Shale

Research Areas:
Carbon storage and sequestration; Enhanced oil recovery; Multiphase and multiscale reactive transport modeling and experimental characterization; Cross-disciplinary applications


Dr. Gorakh Pawar is a research scientist in the department of material science and engineering  at Idaho National Laboratory with expertise in the development and application of advanced computational molecular science techniques to solve the fundamental grand challenges that are hindering the advancement of various critical technologies. In particular, Dr. Pawar’s research includes 1) understanding the fundamental barriers that are limiting the development of next generation rechargeable batteries with extreme fast charging capabilities, 2) deciphering the coupled fundamental electrochemical, thermal, mechanical and chemical interactions to support the strategic battery research programs such as Battery500, 3) aid in the development of machine learning driven nanomaterials with tailored material properties that can be used in various critical applications such as electric grid protection from geomagnetic disturbances. Dr. is leading computational molecular science in various laboratory directed research (LDRD) projects. Besides, Dr. Pawar is also significantly contributing to the various directly funded project such as energy frontier research centers (EFRC) that aimed to understand nanoscale solid-fluid interactions. Such understanding could have broad implications in various technologies including enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, carbon sequestration, catalysis, and biomass conversion. Dr. Pawar is from Pune, India and came to the United States in 2010 to purse his masters and doctoral studies from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. In free time, Dr. Pawar enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, table tennis, and reading technological news and magazines.


​Ph.D., Mining and Earth Sciences - University of Utah

M.S., Mechanical Engineering - University of Utah

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, - University of Pune (India)


​Society of Petroleum Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Chemical Engineers
Society of Mining Engineers


​“A workflow for the molecular dynamics simulation of the complex multiphase fluid transport in realistic unconventional reservoir matrix” Pawar G, Miskovic I, (submitted to the Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering), (2015).

“The effect of determining topography parameters on analyzing elastic contact between isotropic rough surfaces” Pawar G, P Pawlus, I Etsion, B Raeymaekers, Journal of Tribology T ASME, Vol. 135, 011401, (2013).


​“A journey into the subnanometer scale realm of organic matter: An application of molecular dynamics simulation approach” Pawar G, Huang H, AIChE 2016 (November 2016), San Francisco, CA. 


“Shifting paradigm: Understanding the supercritical CO2 enabled hydrocarbon recovery in a realistic sub-nanometer organic-rich shale pores having different thermal maturity levels” Pawar G, Pathak M, Huang H, Meakin P, Carbon Management Technology Conference (November 2015), Sugar Land, TX.

“Carbon dioxide sequestration and hydrocarbon recovery in the gas-rich shales: An insight from molecular dynamics simulations” Pathak M, Pawar G, Huang H, Deo M, Carbon Management Technology Conference (November 2015), Sugar Land, TX.

“Enhancing the predictive capability of the pore-scale multiphase fluid transport in unconventional reservoirs: A molecular dynamics simulation approach” Pawar G, Miskovic I, AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2015), Salt Lake City, UT.

“Atomistic characterization of the pore scale CO2 imbibition in shales” Miskovic I, Pawar G, 49th Annual Meeting south-central section GSA (March 2015), Stillwater, OK.

“The effect of reservoir temperature and applied pore pressure on the porescale imbibition in shales” Pawar G, Miskovic I, GEOProc 2015 (February 2015), Salt Lake City, UT.

“Evaluation of fluid behavior and mixing efficiency in predefined serpentine micro-fracture system” Pawar G, Miskovic I, Basavarajappa M, ASME 2013 IMECE (November 2013), San Diego, CA.

“The validity of the spectral moments approach and the Greenwood-Williamsion model for three-dimensional contacting rough surfaces” Pawar G, P Pawlus, I Etsion, B Raeymaekers,  Proc. of STLE Annual Meeting (May 2012), St. Louis, MO.

Research Interests:

​Carbon storage and sequestration
Enhanced oil and gas recovery
Multiphase and multiscale reactive transport modeling and experimental characterization
Ab initio/all atom molecular dynamics simulations
Cross-disciplinary applications

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