04 January, 2023

Laser imaging helps clean fuels live up to their reputation

A technique that enables KAUST researchers to identify two kinds of pollutants with a single laser beam could make it easier to generate heat and power from ammonia, a carbon-free hydrogen carrier.

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03 January, 2023

Professor Aamir Farooq named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Professor of Mechanical Engineering Aamir Farooq has recently been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Professor Farooq, chair of the KAUST Mechanical Engineering Program, was elected for his contributions to chemical kinetics research.

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01 November, 2022

AI screens to make transport fuels green

An inverse mixture-design approach based on machine learning can teach computers to create mixtures from a set of target properties. Developed by KAUST, this could help find high-performance transport fuels that burn efficiently while releasing little carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

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07 September, 2022

Congratulations to Prof. Mani Sarathy and his team on becoming one of two finalists in the Omnipreneurship Awards 2021!

This is the second Grand Challenge and this year's topic was to find a solution that will process / re-refine used vegetable cooking oils into biodegradable lubricants in a cost-effective, commercially viable manner while reducing the impact of lubricants on the global ecosystem.

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28 July, 2022

39th International Symposium on Combustion

At the end of July many CCRC faculty, scientists, and students attended the 39th International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver. The biennial symposium provides a scientific venue for sharing ideas and experiences on the applications of combustion and is hosted by The Combustion Institute.

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13 June, 2022

CCRC initiates FLEET to decarbonize the transportation sector

KAUST and the Oil Sustainability Program recently launched the FLEET Consortium. The Consortium plans to develop innovative fuels, lubricants, and efficient engine technologies and, in the words of Prof. Bill Roberts, Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), “represents a wonderful opportunity for KAUST and the CCRC to provide impactful solutions to greenhouse gas emissions across the entire mobility sector, both for the Kingdom and globally.” It is the CCRC that initiated FLEET.

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07 June, 2022

Two prominent CCRC faculty members promoted

KAUST recently acknowledged its burgeoning progress in solar energy and sustainable fuel technologies by promoting four prominent PSE faculty to the rank of full professor. Two of the four Professors promoted are from the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC): Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Aamir Farooq and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Mani Sarathy.

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02 June, 2022

When Cool Ideas Come Raining Down

A rain oil lamp provides a breakthrough moment for optimizing the carbon dioxide freezing process in low-temperature carbon-capture technology

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12 May, 2022

Carbon nanochemistry written in the stars

KAUST scientists have proposed a new mechanism that explains how carbon structures in flames and stars can come together to form nanoparticles. A universal mechanism could explain the formation of carbon nanoparticles in interstellar and terrestrial environments.

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08 May, 2022

The Air Pollution Epidemic

Recent years have felt like one crisis has followed another. According to data from the World Health Organization1 (WHO), air pollution (both indoor and outdoor) kills around seven million people worldwide on an annual basis. Shockingly, almost the entire population of the planet (99%) breathes in air that exceeds WHO guideline limits.

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06 April, 2022

Blending a renewable fuel

Clean and sustainable fuels could be derived by combining ammonia with complementary combustion-modifying additives. Dr. Binod Giri, Research Scientist in Prof. Aamir Farooq's group is developing experimental and theoretical methods applicable in the energy industry, as well as understanding the gas phase chemical reactions at the molecular level to deduce thermodynamic and kinetic parameters.

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17 March, 2022

CCRC Town Hall

On 1st March the Student Advisory Committee organized a biannual CCRC Town Hall (Special Seminar).

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27 March, 2022

KAUST researchers partner with McLaren Racing to boost F1 car

KAUST and McLaren Racing have partnered to develop research and development projects to improve on-track performance and develop the team’s sustainability and diversity through STEM.

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24 March, 2022

Insectum led by Prof. Mani Sarathy among the top 5 at the $1 Million Omnipreneurship Awards Sustainability Challenge

Tanmiah Food Company (TFC) together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and Al-Dabbagh Group launches a grand challenge seeking new uses and processing technologies for the waste generated by their farms.

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01 February, 2022

CCRC Startup signs MoU with Luberef

At KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) a startup is being lifted to new heights with their new partnership with Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company - Luberef.

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15 February, 2022

What we knew about water was right after all

Hydrogen peroxide only forms in the presence of ozone in water microdroplets.

A comprehensive investigation by KAUST researchers sets the record straight on the formation of hydrogen peroxide in micrometre-sized water droplets, or microdroplets, and shows that ozone is the key to this transformation

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25 August, 2021

CCRC Hosts KAUST Research Conference - Near ZeroCarbon Combustion Technology, 2021

The Clean Combustion Research Center hosted the first-ever hybrid conference on ‘Near Zero-Carbon Combustion Technology’ from 21-23, June 2021. With more than 700 registered online participants, the conference showcased talks from 30 experts from academia, government laboratories, and industry.

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06 October, 2021

Prof. Robert Dibble becomes Professor Emeritus

Towards the end of 2019, we said goodbye to Prof. Robert Dibble, who worked with the CCRC as a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering since 2014. Now as a Professor Emeritus, he still provides support and guidance to the CCRC researchers and students. We caught up with him recently and here is what he shared.

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21 November, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Thibault Guiberti for receiving "Best Presentation Award for Young Researcher"!

Dr. Thibault Guiberti, Assistant Research Professor at CCRC received the Best Presentation Award for Young Researcher at the 18th International Conference on Flow Dynamics that was held on October 27-29th, 2021 in Sendai, Japan.

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28 October, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Thibault Guiberti and Prof. William Roberts and their co-authors for receiving 2020 Gaydon Award!

Congratulations to Prof. William Roberts and Prof. Thibault Guiberti and their co-authors for receiving 2020 Gaydon Award!

Combustion Institute (British Section) selected the paper “On the bi-stable nature of turbulent premixed bluff-body stabilized flames at elevated pressure and near lean blow-off”, Proc. Comb. Inst. 38, 2853-2860, (2021) as the best paper at the International Combustion Symposium with at least one British Section member as author.

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