Research Interests

​My research interest mainly includes the development of laser-based optical diagnostics techniques for combustion phenomena and chemistry kinetics. Specifically, applying the planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) and laser induced incandescence (LII) to measure the PAHs and soot formation in flame, the 2-colour OH/NO PLIF to measure the temperature distribution in complex flames, and so on. Further, I would like to use the quantum chemistry cooperated with kinetic rate calculation to elucidate the formation mechanism of PAHs and soot.

Selected Publications

  • The Site Effect on PAHs Formation in HACA-based Mass Growth Process.
    P. Liu, Z. Li, A. Bennett, H. Lin, S. M. Sarathy, W. L. Roberts
    Combustion and flame, 199C, 54-68 , (2019)
  • Effect of dimethyl ether (DME) addition on sooting limits in counterflow diffusion flames of ethylene at elevated p...
    Z. Li, H. M. F. Amin, P. Liu, Y. Wang, S. H. Chung, W. L. Roberts
    Combustion and flame, 197, 463-470, (2018)
  • The growth of PAHs and Soot in the post-flame region
    P. Liu, Z. Li, W. L. Roberts
    Proceedings of combustion institute, (2018)
  • Chemical Mechanism of Exhaust Gas Recirculation on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Formation Based on Laser-Induce...
    P. Liu, Y. Zhang, L. Wang, B. Tian, B. Guan, D. Han, Z. Huang, H. Lin
    Energy & fuel, 32, 7112-7124, (2018)
  • Experimental and kinetic study of the effects of CO2 and H2O addition on PAH formation in laminar premixed C2H4/O2/...
    Y. Zhang, L. Wang, P. Liu, B. Guan, H. Ni, Z. Huang, H. Lin
    Combustion and flame, 192, 439-451, (2018)
  • Theoretical Insights into the Mechanism of CO2 Chemisorption and Subsequent CO Desorption on Char Surface with Zigz...
    P. Liu, H. Lin, and Z. Huang
    Combustion Science and Technology, 188, 1136-1151, (2016)
  • The mechanism and kinetic analysis of C4H4 + C4H4 (but-1-ene-3-yne) reaction with features of H-transfer in combust...
    P. Liu, H. Lin, Z. He, Y. Zhang, B. Guan, Z. Huang
    International of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 3249-3258, (2016)
  • The diagnostics of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectra of PAHs in flame with TD-DFT: special focus on five-mem...
    P. Liu, Z. He, G.-L. Hou, B. Guan, H. Lin, and Z. Huang
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 119, 13009-13017, (2015)
  • Investigating the Role of CH2 Radicals in the HACA Mechanism
    P. Liu, H. Lin, Y. Yang, C. Shao, B. Guan, and Z. Huang
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 119, 3261-3268, (2015)
  • New Insights into Thermal Decomposition of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Oxyradicals
    P. Liu, H. Lin, Y. Yang, C. Shao, C. Gu, and Z. Huang
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118, 11337-11345 , (2014)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Power Machinery and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2017
  • B.Sc.  Mechanical Engineering, Southwest Jiao tong University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 2012

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • ​National Scholarship for Graduates, Ministry of Education of China, 2016

KAUST Affiliations

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