Research Interests

​Prof. Dibble’s interests include laser diagnostics in turbulent reactive flows, generation of "green" fuels from biomass, including ethanol and bioDiesel mitigation of greenhouse gases, highest efficiency and lowest pollution combustion of fuels derived from biomass, combustion issues related to global warming, conversion of waste heat to power via Organic Rankine Cycle ( ORC ), spectroscopy, chemical kinetics, turbulent combustion, optics and electronics. Combustion in turbine engines, combustion of oxygenates and biodeisel fuel in diesel engines. Combustion in new engine concept of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition ( HCCI ).


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1971)
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin (1975)

Professional Profile

  • ​2015-present: Professor, Mechanical Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 1990-2015: Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1989-1990: Senior Member of Technical Staff, Reacting Flow Division, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA
  • 1977-1989: Technical Staff, Combustion Research Facility (CRF), Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)