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Wet plasma makes a nano-sized splash

Dec 10, 2017

Silicon microelectronics and biomedical fields could benefit from a safe and cost-effective way to synthesize nanoparticles.
A thin, pancake-shaped plasma cloud formed at oil–water interfaces can be used to synthesize exotic nanomaterials.

Igniting future fuel research

Nov 26, 2017

Simple two-component mixtures are good surrogates for studying the ignition properties of next-generation gasolines. A collaboration between KAUST and Saudi Aramco scientists to test future fuels could bring a new era of highly efficient gasoline engines.

Prof. Mani Sarathy one among 2017's most highly cited researchers

Nov 21, 2017

We are honored to announce that Prof. Mani Sarathy, Associate Director of Clean Combustion Research Center is one among 6 others from KAUST who have made it to the 2017 Highly Cited Researcher list in the category of Engineering!

CCRC team wins 1st place at the MEPEC technical debates

Oct 12, 2017

Congratulations to Nawaf AlGhamdi, Mayadah AlHashem and Abdullah AlRamadan on winning 1st place at the Middle Eastern Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC) technical debates held on 11 October 2017. MEPEC is the premier conference for oil and gas companies in the region.

Fethi Khaled wins PhD Student Award 2017

Oct 04, 2017

Congratulations to Fethi Khaled, PhD Student in the mechanical engineering program, this months' recipient of the Physical Science and Engineering Division's Outstanding PhD Student Award.

Fethi works in the Chemical Kinetics & Laser Sensors Lab (which is affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center) under the supervision of Professor Aamir Farooq. He studies the science of combustion and investigates how fuels burn with the ultimate goal of developing high-efficiency and cleaner-burning fuels and engines.

Fueling a cleaner combustion

Sep 17, 2017

Insight into the thermal decomposition of a potential fuel additive shows it could promote cleaner and more efficient combustion.
An additive for conventional fuel comprised of oxygenated organic compounds could help reduce the release of pollutants into the atmosphere during the combustion of fossil fuels. Researchers from KAUST have now established how these potential additives decompose under combustion-relevant conditions.
Selecting a suitable additive for a fuel blend hinges on a good understanding of its kinetic behavior under combustion conditions.

Gazing into the flames of ionic winds

Sep 10, 2017

New 3D visualizations that reveal how flames respond to electric fields could help improve combustion efficiency and reduce pollution.
The ability to precisely control flames could lead to greater energy efficiency and fewer harmful emissions from transport and industry. Flames contain charged ions and electrons, which can be manipulated using electricity. KAUST researchers have now produced the first detailed 3D visualizations of ionic winds flowing from a flame in response to both direct (DC) and alternating (AC) electric fields.

New Associate Director of CCRC, Prof. Mani Sarathy

Aug 20, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Mani Sarathy has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center(CCRC).
He will focus primarily on three areas; enhancing and quantifying technology translation to industry, student recruiting and outreach, and building mutually-beneficial inter-center research programs.
​“Our center continues to enjoy a very positive reputation both internally within KAUST and externally to the combustion community. With Prof. Mani’s energy, enthusiasm, and creativity, our reputation will surely increase further.", said Prof. William Roberts, Director, CCRC.

Mayadah AlHashem wins National level first place at the 'IET Present Around The World (PATW) Competition'

Jun 01, 2017

​Mayadah Al Hashem, a Ph.D. Student from the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST has won the first place in the national level of the IET Present Around The World (PATW) Competition.
Her presentation titled "Revolutionizing Black and White Printing", explained her patented concept of inducing a pyrolysis reaction to carbonize the surface of the paper. The process exposes the paper to radiative heat from a laser that discolors the surface to a darker shade. She provided the proof-of-concept by showing them images of the samples and explaining the variables she studied in the process.

CCRC hosts the 7th Annual SASCI Meeting

May 21, 2017

The Clean Combustion Research Center was honored to host the 7th Annual Meeting of the Saudi Arabian Section of Combustion Institute​​. More than 150 combustion researchers from all over Saudi Arabia and the surrounding regions came in to KAUST to discuss all matters related to combustion science.
In its short history, the Saudi Arabian Section has grown in both size and stature. The Section currently has more than 134 registered members. The Annual Meetings have been attracting an increasing number of national researchers each year with better involvement from KAUST, Saudi Aramco, KFUPM, KACST, KAPSARC, KAU, Royal Commission of Yanbu Research Center, Taif University, Taibah University, Jubail University College and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad University.

CCRC Collaborations : Prof. Jonas Moeck, Technical University of Berlin

Apr 09, 2017

The Clean Combustion Research Center was honored to have Prof. Jonas Moeck working in our labs, in collaboration with Prof. Deanna Lacoste and her team of researchers on thermo-acoustic instabilities and flame dynamics this month.
Jonas Moeck is an Assistant Professor of combustion dynamics at the Technical University of Berlin. He received his engineering degree and PhD also from the Technical University Berlin and had a postdoc position at Ecole Centrale, Paris. His research focuses on flame dynamics, active control of combustion instabilities, and low-order modeling and stability analysis.

FUELCOM Project Review at Saudi Aramco's Fuel Technology, Research and Development Division in Dahran

Mar 15, 2017

Representatives from the Clean Combustion Research Center visited Saudi Aramco's Fuel Technology, Research and Development Division (FTR &DD) to review the progress of their collaborative project 'FUELCOM' on 15 and 16 March, 2017.
19 representatives from CCRC including faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and master's students arrived at Dhahran to review the progress of FUELCOM I and II for the period between August 2016 to February 2017.

The promise of greener power generation

Dec 04, 2016

The characterization of compounds produced in combustion could lead to cleaner, more efficient power stations.
Modeling the combustion of fossil fuels by KAUST researchers has helped to characterize some of the components of methane, laying the foundations for greener power generation.
In energy production, incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like natural gas causes the release of air pollutants such as soot, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, which are harmful to our health and the environment. Applying an external electrical field to control the combustion process is known to reduce the formation of these pollutants, but the mechanism for this is not fully understood.

The race for more efficient engines

Nov 27, 2016

New technique lays the foundation for greener transport fuels and next generation engines.
Reducing the greenhouse gases (GHG) released from the production and burning of fuels like diesel and gasoline — significant contributors to climate change — is a huge challenge facing the transportation industry.
Aamir Farooq and colleagues from KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), working with the Fuel Technology Team at Saudi Aramco, used an innovative technique for testing the properties of light naphtha, a fully blended, low-octane, highly paraffinic fuel. Farooq explains that this technique could open the potential for more advanced engines to run on fuels that release fewer GHG emissions.

Dr. Deanna Lacoste appointed as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Nov 01, 2016

The Clean Combustion Research Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Deanna Lacoste has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, effective from November 1, 2016.
Dr. Lacoste has been an important member of the CCRC since 2014 when she joined as a Research Scientist. During this period, her research work was mainly on plasma-assisted combustion, optical diagnostics, and control of thermoacoustic instabilities.
Prof. Lacoste will now focus her studies on plasma-assisted detonation, control of thermoacoustic instabilities at high pressure, and control of flame extinction and ignition by surfaces.