Shashank Sakleshpur Nagaraja, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly in the domain of combustion chemistry and sustainable energy technologies. My current research focus is on application of machine learning in combustion chemistry. I am also interested in the development of detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms that aid the better understanding of the reactions occurring in commercial combustors for alternative fuels. This not only helps in increasing the efficiency but also in reducing the emissions. Furthermore, I am intrigued by new sustainable technologies in the energy sector that are aimed at reducing the green house gas emissions. 

Selected Publications


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, NUI Galway, Ireland, 2020
  • M.Sc., Energy Engineering and Management, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, 2016
  • M.Sc., Power Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Poland, 2016
  • B.Tech., National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India, 2014 

Professional Profile

  • 2024: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2021-2024: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

  • 2020-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, NUI Galway, Ireland

  • 2016-2017: Research Engineer, Imagineering Inc., Kobe, Japan 

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Combustion Institute

  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers 


  • Science Foundation Ireland Ph.D. grant

  • KIC Innoenergy Masters School Scholarship

  • DAAD Summer Research Fellow

  • President's award winner in Scouts 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

combustion chemistry Mechanism Development Carbon Neutral Fuels