Research Interests

​My research interests involve advanced combustion engines using high-fidelity direct numerical simulation (DNS). DNS is used to investigate the effects of thermal/compositional/reactivity stratification and turbulence on the ignition characteristics of hydrocarbon fuel/air mixtures under the low-temperature conditions of Homogeneous Charge Combustion Ignition (HCCI), Stratified-Charged Compression Ignition (SCCI), and Reactivity-Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI). Chemical explosive mode analysis (CEMA) is adopted to identify key species and controlled reactions of HCCI-type combustion.  Currently, my research focuses on pre-ignition in HCCI engines to understand underlying mechanism of knock and super-knock, thereby extending the regime diagram. 

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​B.Sc., School of Transportation Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010.
  • M.S. | Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, Republic of Korea, 2017

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2017: Research Assistant, Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory, UNIST, Ulsan, Korea.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Combustion Institute
  • Korean Society of Combustion (KOSCO)​


  • Best research award of School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, 2017.
  • Excellent paper presentation award at 49th KOSCO symposium in 2014 and 50th KOSCO symposium in 2015.
  • RA/TA scholarship, UNIST, 03/2012-07/2017.
  • Graduate with a first-classed honors in School of Transportation Engineering, HUST, 2010.

KAUST Affiliations

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