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KAUST Research Conference: The Future of Fuel
4 - 6 March 2019
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


Delegates from academia, government laboratories and industry are invited to attend the 2019 conference on Future of Fuel,  hosted and organized by the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at KAUST.


The conference will be organized around three topical areas:

1. Positioning Future Fuels

Talks and discussions on fuel production and utilization. Speakers will talk about economic, societal, and environmental challenges facing fuel combustion in the next decades. This will provide key overview of how fuel research should be positioned in the future.

2. Industrial Perspectives on Future Fuels

Talks and discussions from industrial members in the oil/gas, transportation, and power generation sectors. The industry participants will share their views on major challenges and opportunities in the field of fuel combustion research.

3.  Academic Challenges in Future Fuels

Leading academic researchers will discuss how fundamental and applied research on fuels and combustion kinetics can help advance the needs of industry and society. The talks will also engage closely with student participants to inspire them to pursue careers in the field of fuel combustion.

Invited Speakers include

  • Hassan Babiker,  Saudi Aramco
  • Anvita Arora, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center
  • Robert Schrecengost, GE Power
  • Sundar Krishnaswami, GE Aviation
  • Bassam Dally,  University of Adelaide
  • Fei Qi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • John Farrell, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 
  • Hai Wang, Stanford University
  • Roland Dauphin, Total
  • Edimilson Oliveira, Petrobras
  • Sukho Chung, KAUST


  • Discuss the latest and most notable research achievements in the area of fuels and combustion systems.
  • Organize and stimulate open and informative discussion around the research issues connected with fuels and leverage “lessons-learnt” from experts in the field with past record of success.
  • Foster future collaboration and interaction among CCRC research personnel and the global research community.
  • Bring together leading experts from academia, national laboratories, and industry to promote international collaborations in clean and efficient combustion systems.

Technical Program

The conference will feature twenty invited presentations and a poster session. More than one hundred attendees are anticipated, including faculty and researchers from leading institutions worldwide, industrial participants, students, and postdocs.

Travel Fellowships

Travel fellowships for students and postdoctoral researchers will be awarded on the basis of merit. Fellowships cover all costs associated with attending the workshop, including airfare and accommodation.