Minh Bau Luong, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

As a Research Scientist in Professor Im’s computational reacting flow laboratory (CRFL), I focus is on understanding the mechanisms of pre-ignition, deflagration, and detonation in combustion devices such as IC engines, shock tubes, and rapid compression machines (RCM) under extreme high-load operating conditions. Mining rich-hidden information from big DNS datasets allows developing a reliable predictive model and extending the regime diagram for real-world industrial applications. Partially, I also contribute to developing KAUST Adaptive Reacting Flow Solvers (KARFS) to prepare for the next generation of high-fidelity and high-performance DNS in the exascale era to fully utilize the heterogeneous architecture supercomputers.

Selected Publications


  • ​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

  • Sept. 2022- present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia​
  • 2017-2022: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2017: Research Assistant, Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory, UNIST, Ulsan, Korea.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • 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)​

Research Interests Keywords

Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) Internal Combustion Engine Simulation Turbulence