Research Interests

​My current research interests are developing a functional-group modeling approach (FGMech) for modeling real-fuel combustion chemistry and combustion reaction kinetics of fossil fuels, biofuels, and ammonia.


Selected Publications

  • Exploring the low-temperature oxidation chemistry of 1-butene and i-butene triggered by dimethyl ether
    X.Y. Zhang, J.B. Zou, C.C. Cao, W.Y. Chen, J.Z. Yang, F. Qi, Y.Y. Li
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2021)
  • Characterizing the fuel-specific combustion chemistry of acetic acid and propanoic acid: Laminar flame propagation ...
    X.Y. Zhang, B.W. Mei, S.Y. Ma, Y. Zhang, C.C. Cao, W. Li, L.L. Ye, Y.Y. Li
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2021)
  • Flow reactor pyrolysis of iso-butylbenzene and tert-butylbenzene at various pressures: Insight into fuel isomeric e...
    Y. Zhang, X.Y. Zhang, C.C. Cao, J.B. Zou, T.Y. Li, J.Z. Yang, L.L. Ye, Y.Y. Li
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2021)
  • Characterizing ammonia and nitric oxide interaction with outwardly propagating spherical flame method
    B.W. Mei, S.Y. Ma, X.Y. Zhang, Y.Y. Li
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2021)
  • Experimental and kinetic modeling investigation on the laminar flame propagation of ammonia under oxygen enrichment...
    B.W. Mei, X.Y. Zhang, S.Y. Ma, M.L. Cui, H.W. Guo, Z.H. Cao, Y.Y. Li
    Combustion and Flame, (2019)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Combustion chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2016-2019;
  • Joint Ph.D., Combustion chemistry, C.N.R.S.-I.N.S.I.S., Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE), Orléans, France, 2017-2018;
  • M.Sc., Combustion chemistry, National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (NSRL), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, 2013-2016;
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China, 2009-2013

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Combustion Institute


KAUST Affiliations

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