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Firing up a clean chemistry revolution

Jul 28, 2020

Plasma technology could help the petrochemical industry transition to an electrified, decarbonized future.
The shift to a future marked by carbon-free renewable energy sources is being explored by KAUST researcher Min Suk Cha as societies seek to end our reliance on fire. Cha and his team, including postdoc Ramses Snoeckx are researching electrically generated plasmas as the future of chemical synthesis and manufacturing to replace combustion-driven processes.

Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang Wins Bernard Lewis Fellowship

Jul 13, 2020

CCRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang received the 2020 Bernard Lewis Fellowship. Dr. Zhang joined the Combustion and Pyrolysis Chemistry (CPC) Group under the supervision of Prof. Mani Sarathy as a postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of 2020. In 2019, she earned her Ph.D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Her current research interests are combustion reaction kinetics of fossil fuels and biofuels, and model development for Surrogate and Real Fuels.

Clever with combustion

May 31, 2020

Advanced modes of combustion that are controlled by plasma discharges could become key components of the circular carbon economy.

Humans have a very long history with fire and, over the past two centuries, with more controlled forms of combustion. Our evolving mastery of combustion is marked by many technological leaps, but now, the overarching aim of the research field is to find ways to mitigate combustion’s main drawback—the carbon dioxide it generates.

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CCRC professors honored with Combustion Institute’s Research Excellence Award

May 21, 2020

In April, The Combustion Institute (CI) announced KAUST Professors Aamir Farooq and Mani Sarathy received its inaugural Research Excellence Award. Farooq and Sarathy were among a large group of talented international researchers who won the award, and both professors have been CI members for many years.

New Roles in the Center

May 11, 2020

​The CCRC congratulates Andrew Maloney and Mark Brown on their new positions in the center. Andrew Maloney, who was previously the Center Operations and Safety Manager, is now the Center Operations Manager. He will manage overall center operations, administrative and laboratory staff management, and oversee the financial issues of the center.