Sumit Maharjan


​Ph.D. Student


B5/L4 - Sea side, 4255-WS14

Research Interests

​Performing experimental measurements using the pre-ignition vessel that will allow the generation of a semi‐empirical Pre‐Ignition Propensity Index(PIPI).

Selected Publications

  • Study of single oil droplet induced auto-ignition of hexadecane and engine oil
    S. Maharjan, L. Jiang, Y. Al Qahtani, W. L. Roberts
    11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017 
  • The effect of pressure, temperature and additives on droplet ignition of lubricant oil and its surrogate
    S. Maharjan, Y. Qahtani, W. L. Roberts, A. M. Elbaz
    SAE Technical Paper, 2018
  • Auto-ignition of a hexadecane droplet mixed with different octane number fuels at elevated pressures to investigate the pre-ignition behavior
    H. Mitsudharmadi, S. Maharjan, A. M. Elbaz, Y. A. Qahtani, W. L. Roberts
    Energy and Fuels, 2019
  • Studying ignition delay time of lubricant oil mixed with alcohols, water and toluene in IQT and CVCC
    S. Maharjan, A. M. Elbaz, H. Mitsudharmadi, W. L. Roberts
    SAE Technical Paper, 2020


  • MSc,Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, 2015
  • BSc, Aeronautical Engineering, PATTS College of Aeronautics, Philippines, 2013

Professional Profile

  • June 2020-Sept 2020: Researcher, Strategy and Policy Team, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)
  • Jan 2016‐Present: PhD Student, KAUST, Thuwal, SaudiArabia
  • Mar 2014‐Dec 2015: Research Assistant, Sustainable Environment Research Lab., NCKU, Taiwan
  • Dec 2012‐May 2013: Trainee atLufthansa Technik Philippines in A380 Division, Philippines


  • ​NCKU Distinguished International Student Scholarship ,
  • National Cheng Kung University Academic Scholarship (PartialScholar), PATTS College of Aeronautics

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Renewable Energy Low carbon Fuels Fuel carbon Intensity Life cycle assessment droplet combustion evaporation