Research Interests

​​Interests include the ignition delay time measurements of practical gasoline and diesel fuels, the detailed chemical kinetic modelling development of unsaturated hydrocarbons (AramcoMech 2.0), and the fundamental quantum chemistry calculations for the rate constants of elementary reactions and the thermodynamic properties of relevant species.


Selected Publications

  • Extensive Theoretical Study of the Thermochemical Properties of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons and Allylic and Super-Ally...
    Y. Li, H.J. Curran
    J. Phys. Chem. A, 122, 4736-4749, (2018)
  • Theoretical Kinetics Analysis for Ḣ Atom Addition to 1,3-Butadiene and Related Reactions on the Ċ4H7 Potential Ener...
    Y. Li, S. J. Klippenstein, C.- W. Zhou, H. J. Curran
    J. Phys. Chem. A, 121, 7433-7445, (2017)
  • An Extensive Experimental and Modelling Study of 1-Butene Oxidation
    Y. Li, C. -W. Zhou, H. J. Curran
    Combust. Flame, 181, 198-213, (2017)
  • The Oxidation of 2-Butene: A High Pressure Ignition Delay, Kinetic Modelling Study and Reactivity Comparison with I...
    Y. Li, C. -W. Zhou, K. P. Somers, K. Zhang, H. J. Curran
    Proc. Combust. Inst. 36, 403-411, (2017)
  • An Experimental and Modelling Study of Nitromethane + O2 + N2 Ignition in a Shock Tube
    J. D. Nauclér, Y. Li, E. J. K. Nilsson, H. J. Curran, A. A. Konnov
    Fuel, 186, 629-638, (2018)
  • A Comprehensive Experimental and Modelling Study of Isobutene Oxidation
    C.-W. Zhou, Y. Li, E. O'Connor, K.P. Somers, S. Thion, C. Keesee, O. Mathieu, E.L. Peterse...
    Combust. Flame 167, 353-379, (2016)

Education Profile

  • 2014 - 2018: Ph.D., Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland
  • 2013: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan
  • 2010 - 2013: M. Eng, Mechanical Engineering, Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • 2006 - 2010: B. Eng, Energy and Power Engineering, Jiangsu University, China


Professional Profile

2018 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), KAUST, Saudi Arabia


Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Combustion Institute
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • United Kingdom

KAUST Affiliations

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