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Biographical Sketch

Vishal Agarwal is presently working as an assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Horia Metiu at University of California, Santa Barbara. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay and a undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab Universtiy, Chandigarh. From 2003 to 2004, he worked as process design engineer in Technip KT India Ltd.


  • Catalysis
  • Gas-Surface and Liquid-Surface Interactions
  • Biofuels
  • Nucleation
  • Molecular Simulation and Quantum Chemical Calculations
  • Rare-Event Simulations and Reaction Rate Theory

Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Assistant Professor

    IIT Kanpur, Chemical Engineering

  • 20162012

    PostDoctoral Fellow

    University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

    University of Massacusetts, Amherst

  • M.Tech. 2006

    Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering

    IIT Bombay, Mumbai

  • B. Tech. 2003

    Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering

    Panjab University, Chandigarh

Awards and Honors

  • 2017
    Ramanujan Fellowship
  • 2006
    RG Madhudhane Master's Best Thesis Award
  • 2002
    1st Prize in Technical Paper Presentation

Press Highlights

  • 2017
    Research on molten metals highlighted in ScienceDaily, AmarUjala, GreenCarCongress, ResearchMatters and ChemistryWorld.
  • 2012
    Research on cellulose decomposition highlighted in BioBased Digest and North American Clean Energy