J. Fernando Fajardo-Rojas

Ph.D. Student | Materials Science
Goméz-Gualdrón Group – CoDeMatE Lab | ID4
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering



I’m interested in exploiting the potential of structure-properties relationships in the discovery of new materials to tackle current and future energy-related challenges. 

Currently, my research is focused on the development and the integration of molecular simulation techniques and data science into a large-scale computation approach for the discovery of new MOF’s under thermodynamic accessibility criteria.

I also have been trained in the experimental understanding of complex interfacial phenomena. Combining these skills, my future research will use a computational/experimental approach that potentially will open the door to the next generation of rationally designed materials to face the environmental and energy-related challenges to come.


  • BS in Chemical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, 2013
  • MS in Hydrocarbon Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, 2016
  • MS in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, 2021
  • PhD in Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, 2021
  • PhD in Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines, Currently


  • Discovery of New Materials for Energy Applications
  • Machine Learning
  • Surface & Interfacial Phenomena


  • F. Fajardo-Rojas, O. Alvarez, J. Samaniuk, and D. Pradilla. “Deviation from Equilibrium Thermodynamics of an Asphaltene Model Compound during Compression-Expansion Experiments at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces”. Langmuir 2021. doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c03151
  • F. Fajardo-Rojas, D. Pradilla, O. Alvarez and J. Samaniuk. “Probing Interfacial Structure and Dynamics of Model and Natural Asphaltenes at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces”. Langmuir 2020. doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01320

HONORS & awards

  • 2018 – Fulbright Fellowship – “Estudiante Doctoral Colombiano” – Fulbright Commission Colombia
      • Visiting Scholar –  Soft Matter & Interfaces Laboratory at Colorado School of Mines


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