Min Suk Cha, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Selected Publications

  • In-liquid arc plasma jet and its application to phenol degradation
    J.-L. Liu, H.-W. Park, A. Hamdan and M.S. Cha
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 51, 11, (2018)
  • Synthesis of SiOC:H nanoparticles by electrical discharge in hexamethyldisilazane and water
    A. Hamdan, R. A. Halim, D. Anjum, M. S. Cha
    Plasma Process Polym., e1700089, (2017)
  • Propagating nonpremixed edge-flames in a counterflow, annular slot burner under DC electric fields
    M.V. Tran, M.S. Cha
    Combustion and Flame, 173, pp. 114-122, (2016)
  • Bidirectional ionic wind in nonpremixed counterflow flames with DC electric fields
    D.G. Park, S.H. Chung, M.S. Cha
    Combustion and Flame 168, 138-146, (2016)
  • Tailored reforming of n-dodecane in an aqueous discharge reactor
    X. Zhang, M.S. Cha
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 49 (17), 175-201, (2016)
  • Electron-induced dry reforming of methane in a temperature-controlled dielectric barrier discharge reactor
    X. Zhang and M.S. Cha
    J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 46, 415205, (2013)
  • Premixed combustion under electric field in a constant volume chamber
    M.S. Cha and Y. Lee
    IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., 40, pp. 3131-3138, (2012)
  • Propagation rates of non-premixed edge flames
    M. S. Cha and P. D. Ronney
    Combust. Flame 146:312-328, (2006)
  • Soot suppression by nonthermal plasma in coflow jet diffusion flames using a dielectric barrier discharge
    M. S. Cha, S. M. Lee, K. T. Kim, and S. H. Chung
    Combust. Flame, 141:438-447, (2005)
  • Characteristics of Lifted Flames in Nonpremixed Turbulent Confined Jets
    M. S. Cha and S. H. Chung
    Symp. (Int.) Combust. 26, 121-128, (1996) 


  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1999
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1995
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea, 1993

Professional Profile

  • 2015 - present: Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011 – 2015: Principal Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2000 – 2011: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), Daejeon, Korea
    - Director, Department of Project Management and Technology Transfer (2010.2 – 2011.1)
    - Principal Research Scientist (2008.1 – 2011.1)
    - Senior Research Scientist (2000.3 – 2007.12)
  • 2005 – 2011: Adjunct Professor, University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, Korea
  • 2007 – 2009: Adjunct Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea
  • 2004 – 2005: Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999– 2000: Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Scientific and Professional Membership

Combustion Institute, IEEE


  • ​Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Combustion, 2008
  • Ji Seok-Young Award (Patent of the year) Korea Intellectual Property Office, 2007
  • Newtech Korea Award (Technology of the year) Ministry of Knowledge Economy, 2007
  • Young Investigators Award, Third Asian Pacific Conference on Combustion, 2003

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Plasma assisted combustion Fuel reforming Plasma sources Flame dynamics