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Student Focus: Nawaf Alghamdi

May 22, 2018

Nawaf Alghamdi describes himself as a chemical engineer who is passionate about science and discovery. Alghamdi, an M.S./Ph.D. chemical engineering student based in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) under the supervision of Professors Mani Sarathy and Jorge Gascon, also defines himself as an liberal arts enthusiast who spends a good chunk of his spare time challenging his beliefs and convictions by enriching his knowledge in philosophy, behavioral psychology and anthropology.

Dr. Samah Mohamed : CCRC's first female Ph.D. Graduate

May 03, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Samah Mohamed on becoming the first female Ph.D. Graduate from the Clean Combustion Research Center!

Accelerating the combustion conversation

Apr 10, 2018

Experts in the field of combustion research gathered on campus for the recent KAUST Combustion in Extreme Conditions research conference. The event, which was held from March 5 to 8 and was hosted by the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), focused on the area of combustion under extreme conditions in relation to modern combustion engines.

Potential for a cleaner blend of fuel

Mar 18, 2018

A technique modeling the combustion characteristics of gasoline blended with biofuels for cleaner and more efficient fuels.

CCRC hosts Clean Combustion Winter School

Feb 22, 2018


On 28 January 2018, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology opened its doors to the brightest engineering and chemistry students worldwide for the first-ever Clean Combustion Winter School (CCWS). Fifteen of the best international engineering students were selected from over 200 applications.

Nawaf Alghamdi wins GPURC Grant

Feb 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Nawaf Alghamdi is the first graduate student selected for the GPURC grant awarded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)!

Andrew R. Maloney wins the Individual Lab Safety Award 2017

Feb 07, 2018

Congratulations Andrew R. Maloney on winning the Individual Lab Safety Award organized by the Health, Safety and Environment Department (HSE) at KAUST. Andrew, who is the Lab Manager at the CCRC, building 7 labs, has always given utmost importance to safety protocols and certainly deserves this recognition.

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.