Greeshma Gadikota

Greeshma Gadikota

Assistant Professor, Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hollister Hall, Room 117


Dr. Greeshma Gadikota is an Assistant Professor and Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University where she directs the Sustainable Energy and Resource Recovery Group. She is the recipient of the DOE CAREER award and serves as the thrust lead for dynamic characterization for the DOE EFRC Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Natural and Architected Materials (MUSE). She was selected as the Rising Stars in Civil and Environmental Engineering by MIT. Prior to Cornell, Dr. Gadikota served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and Columbia University, with a research appointment at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Gadikota received her PhD in Chemical Engineering and earned her MS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Operations Research, all from Columbia University. Her BS in Chemical Engineering is from Michigan State University.

Research Interests

With more than 80% of our energy resources recovered from the subsurface environments which requires about 50 billion cubic meters of fresh water and contributes to more than 75% of global CO2emissions, our grand societal challenge lies in meeting our growing demand for energy and resources while reducing environmental impact. Addressing these earth-scale challenges requires us to develop novel technologies to engineer targeted physico-chemical interactions in complex engineered and natural environments. Enabling emergent technologies for a sustainable earth requires us to advance the cross-scale science of fluid-solid interactions in complex and extreme environments. With this perspective, our research is directed towards applications that involve (i) engineering the natural environment for sustainable energy and resource recovery and (ii) designing novel chemical pathways for advancing low carbon and negative emissions technologies. 

Research Group Members

Selected Publications

  1. M. Liu and G.Gadikota,†"Phase evolution and textural changes during the direct conversion and storage of CO2to produce calcium carbonate from calcium hydroxide,"Geoscience, 8 (12), 445 (2018) – invited contribution for the Special Issue: Carbon Sequestration
  2. M. Liu and G.Gadikota,†"Integrated CO2capture, conversion and storage to produce calcium carbonates using an amine looping strategy,"Energy and Fuels – Special Issue on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization – Closing the Carbon Cycle(2018). DOI:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b02803– invited article
  3. M. Liu and G.Gadikota,"Chemo-morphological coupling during serpentine heat treatment on carbon mineralization,"Fuel, 227, 379-385 (2018). DOI:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.04.097
  4. G. Gadikota†andA. J. Allen, "Microstructural and structural characterization of materials for CO2 storage using multi-scale X-ray scattering methods," in Materials and Processes for CO2Capture, Conversion, and Sequestration, Wiley Books, Eds. Lan Li and Winnie Wong-Ng (2017) 
  5. G. Gadikota,†F. Zhang, andA. J. Allen, "Angstrom-to-micrometer characterization of the structural and microstructural changes in kaolinite on heating using Ultra-Small-Angle, Small-Angle, and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS/SAXS/WAXS)," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 56, 11791-11801 (2017). DOI:10.1021/acs.iecr.7b02810 
  6. G. Gadikota,†"Connecting the morphological and crystal structural changes during the conversion of lithium hydroxide monohydrate to lithium carbonate using multi-scale X-ray scattering measurements," Minerals, 7(9)(2017). DOI:10.3390/min7090169- invited contribution for the Special Issue: Carbon Capture and Storage via Mineral Carbonation.
  7. G. Gadikota, K. Fricker, S.-H. Jang andA.-H. A. Park*, "Carbonation of silicate minerals and industrial wastes and their potential use as sustainable construction materials," Advances in CO2Capture, Sequestration, and Conversion, ACS Books,Eds. F. Jin, L.-N. He, and Y. H. Yu 295-322 (2015). DOI:10.1021/bk-2015-1194.ch012- invited book chapter.
  8. G. GadikotaandA.-H. A. Park*, “Accelerated carbonation of Ca- and Mg-bearing minerals and industrial wastes using CO2,” Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Closing the Carbon Cycle, Elsevier, Ed. P. Styring, E. A. Quadrelli, and K. Armstrong (2014). - invited book chapter
  9. G.Gadikota, E. J. Swanson, H. Zhao andA.-H. A. Park*, "Experimental design and data analyses for accurate estimation of reaction kinetics and conversion for carbon mineralization,"I&EC Research, 53(16), 6664–6676 (2014). DOI:10.1021/ie500393h
  10. G. Gadikota, P. Kelemen,J. Matter andA.-H. A. Park*,“Chemical and morphological changes during olivine carbonation for CO2Storage in the presence of NaCl and NaHCO3,” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 4679-4693 (2014). DOI:10.1039/C3CP54903H

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Thrust Lead on Dynamic Characterization for DOE-Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC), Multi-scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Architected and Natural Materials (MUSE) (2018-2022)
  • Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Carbon Mitigation Initiative led by Princeton University and British Petroleum (BP) (2018)
  • Selected as "Civil and Environmental Engineering Rising Stars" by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (2015)
  • Best Presentation Awards: "Novel Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reaction Pathways for Sustainable Energy and Environment I" Session, The 12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering, New York, NY (2015); "Carbon Capture, Control and Sequestration" Session, AICHE Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2012)     
  • Outstanding Reviewer Recognition by Chemical Engineering Scienceand Desalination(2015)
  • Travel Grants: (i) perform neutron scattering experiments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (2016), (ii) attend The Gordon Research Conference on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (2015), (iii) Travel Grant awarded by Earth Institute, Columbia University (2010)
  • Notable Undergraduate Academic Awards at Michigan State University: Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Award (2007); Sigma Xi Outstanding Scientific Research Award (2006), AIChE Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award (2005), Dean’s List (every semester enrolled from Fall 2003 – Spring 2007)
  • Awards and Honors for PhD students: 
    Meishen Liu:(i) Travel grant to covering travel and registration to attend and present at the 2019 Gordon Research Conference – Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, (ii) Travel Grant to perform neutron scattering experiments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (2018), (iii) Second place in the Grainger Institute of Engineering Poster Session, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2018) and (iv) Becker Travel Supplements Award to ACS Spring 2018 Meeting (2018)
    Hassnain Asgar:(i) Travel Grant to attend the Advanced Photon Source/Center for Nanoscale 
    Materials (APS/CNM) Users Meeting at Argonne National Laboratory (2019), (ii) Travel Grant to perform neutron scattering experiments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (2019), and (iii) selected to attend the Summer School for Neutron and X-Ray Scattering (2019)


  • BS (Chemical Engineering), Michigan State University, 2007
  • MS (Operations Research), Columbia University, 2008
  • MS (Chemical Engineering), Columbia University, 2011
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Columbia University, 2014


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Graduate Students