Research Interests

The major strategic goals of my research is to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions from combustion engines. My research focus on Diesel and Gasoline Engine combustion (HCCI/PPC/GCI-gasoline compression ignition) optical diagnostics; Experimental study the effects of fuel properties and control strategies on combustion and emissions of engines; Fuel surrogates and alternative fuels, mainly focus on heavy naphtha and light naphtha; Chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms and their applications in advanced engine combustion simulations; Combustion simulation and optimization with both conventional and renewable fuels; Numerical study of the soot particle precursors and soot particle formation processes


Selected Publications

  • Development of a PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) formation model for gasoline surrogates and its application ...
    Yanzhao An, Yiqiang Pei, Zhao, Hua, et al.
    Energy, 94, 367-379, (2016)
  • An experimental study of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot emissions from a GDI engine fueled with commerci...
    Yanzhao An, Yiqiang Pei, Zhao, Hua, et al.
    Fuel, 164, 160-171, (2016)
  • Development of a Soot particle Model with PAHs as Precursors by Simulation and Experiment.
    Yanzhao An, Yiqiang Pei, Zhao, Hua, et al.
    Fuel, 179, 246-257, (2016)
  • Kinetic modeling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons formation process for gasoline surrogate fuels.
    Yanzhao An, Yiqiang Pei, Zhao, Hua, et al.
    Energy Conversion and Management, 100, 249-261, (2015)
  • Study of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons evolution processing in GDI engines using TRF-PAH chemical kinetic mechan...
    Yanzhao An, Yiqiang Pei, Zhao, Hua, et al.
    SAE paper 2016-01-0690, (2016)
  • Influence of fuel property and ambient density on spray of blend fuel.
    Yanzhao An, Haozhong Huang, Wanhua Su, et al.
    Transactions of CSICE, 31(2), 103-108, (2013)
  • The Development of Automotive Diesel Engine Fuel Spray Research.
    Yanzhao An, Haozhong Huang,Yiqiang Pei, et al.
    Small internal combustion engine and motorcycle, 41(5), 87-92, (2012)
  • Investigation the Influence of Injection Pressure and Nozzle Diameter on Blended Spray in Diesel Engine.
    Haozhong Huang, Yanzhao An, Wanhua Su, et al.
    Transactions of CSICE, 31(3), 200-207, (2013)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D   Power Machinery and Engineering.  State Key Laboratory of Engines, Tianjin University. Tianjin, China. 2016
  • M.S.   Power Machinery and Engineering.  College of Mechanical Engineering, Guangxi University. Nanning, China. 2012
  • B.A   Vehicle engineering, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China.



Professional Profile

​2016: Postdoctoral fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Scientific and Professional Memberships

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