Saumitra Saxena, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Application Specialist

Research Interests

Low-emission combustion technologies for Gas turbines and Reciprocating engines, Economic utilization of low-grade ash-bearing fuels like crude oils & HFO; Technologies for Hot-Corrosion inhibition in Heavy Duty Gas turbines; Shock tube experimental research focused on ignition and emission characteristics of conventional and alternative fuels, Unimolecular reaction systems, Computational Combustion-Applications of Reaction Kinetics in 0-D/3-D CFD based combustion simulations to address emissions & operability concerns of practical combustors. 

Selected Publications

  • Chemical ignition delay of candidate drop-in replacement jet fuels under fuel-lean conditions: A shock tube study
    G. Flora, J. Balagurunathan, S. Saxena, J. P. Cain, M. S. Kahandawala, M. J. DeWitt, S. S....
    Fuel 209, 457-472, (2017)
  • A shock tube study of ignition delay in the combustion of ethylene
    S. Saxena, M. Kahandawala, S. Sidhu
    Combustion and Flame 158 (6), 1019-1031 , (2011)
  • A shock tube and theory study of the dissociation of acetone and subsequent recombination of methyl radicals
    S. Saxena, J. H. Kiefer, and S. J. Klippenstein
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 32 (1), 123130 , (2009)
  • Relaxation, Incubation, and Dissociation in CO2
    S. Saxena, J. H. Kiefer, R. S. Tranter
    Journal of Physical Chemistry-A 111(19), 3884-3890, (2009) 


  • ​Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, 2007
  • M.Tech., Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 2003
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India, 2000

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2017: Lead Engineer, GE Global Research, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2016: Lead Engineer, GE Global Research, Bangalore, India
  • ​2007-2011: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Dayton, USA


  • Combustion Synergy Award, Combustion Synergy Meeting, GE Global Research, Niskayuna Aug 2015 
  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) & Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) 2011 Project-of-the-Year Award for 'Combustion Science to reduce PM emissions from military platforms' project as co-performer

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Fuel Kinetics Computational Combustion Emissions Hot Corrosion Ash-bearing fuels