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Vyaas Gururajan

Research Scientist


Dr. Vyaas Gururajan is a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Transportation and Power Systems division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is part of the Multiphysics Group at Argonne and uses numerical methods to study reacting flow systems — particularly flames, plasmas, and catalysts. He also develops reduced order models for use in industry.

Dr. Gururajan is a current participant in Argonne’s Launchpad Program, designed to provide motivated early- and mid-career researchers with enhanced training and mentoring for developing multimillion-dollar sponsored research programs. As part of the Launchpad Program, he is working in partnership with Sibendu Som to establish a Virtual Carbon Capture Center that aligns carbon capture storage and utilization research at Argonne.


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering — University of Southern California, 2016
  • M.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering — University of Southern California, 2011
  • B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering — Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, India, 2009

Select Honors

  • Cohort 6 Selectee of Argonne’s Launchpad Program, 2021

Select Publications

  • Gururajan, V.; Scarcelli, R.; Karpatne A.; Breden D.; Raja, L.; Biswas, S.; Ekoto, I. A Computational Study of the Thermodynamic Conditions Leading to Autoignition in Nanosecond Pulsed Discharges.” Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 2021, 143(11), 111301.
  • Kim, J.; Gururajan, V.; Scarcelli, R.; Biswas S.; Ekoto I. Modeling Nanosecond-Pulsed Spark Discharge and Flame Kernel Evolution.” Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 2022, 144(2), 022305.
  • Gururajan, V.; Egolfopoulos Fokion N. Direct Sensitivity Analysis for Ignition Delay Times.” Combustion and Flame, 2019, 478–480.