25 January, 2021

New Faculty Appointment: Prof. James Turner

We are pleased to announce that Prof. James Turner has formally accepted the position of Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST.

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10 January, 2021

New Faculty Appointment: Prof. Bassam Dally

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Bassam Dally has formally accepted the position of Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST.

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08 December, 2020

Better benzene sensing at laser point

A highly selective and sensitive laser sensor can pick up low-level benzene emissions in ambient air. A laser-based sensor developed at KAUST could improve monitoring of benzene emissions and limit exposure to this pollutant. In collaboration with Saudi Aramco, KAUST researchers have developed a device that accurately senses extremely low concentrations of benzene in real time.

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12 October, 2020

CCRC’s contribution to the G20

Faculty from the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) also made notable contributions toward the goals of the G20. In the run-up to the G20 Leaders' Summit of 2020, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted regular meetings with international experts in the field.

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28 July, 2020

Firing up a clean chemistry revolution

Plasma technology could help the petrochemical industry transition to an electrified, decarbonized future. The shift to a future marked by carbon-free renewable energy sources is being explored by KAUST researcher Min Suk Cha as societies seek to end our reliance on fire. Cha and his team, including postdoc Ramses Snoeckx are researching electrically generated plasmas as the future of chemical synthesis and manufacturing to replace combustion-driven processes.

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13 July, 2020

Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang Wins Bernard Lewis Fellowship

CCRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang received the 2020 Bernard Lewis Fellowship. Dr. Zhang joined the Combustion and Pyrolysis Chemistry (CPC) Group under the supervision of Prof. Mani Sarathy as a postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of 2020. In 2019, she earned her Ph.D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Her current research interests are combustion reaction kinetics of fossil fuels and biofuels, and model development for Surrogate and Real Fuels.

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31 May, 2020

Clever with combustion

Advanced modes of combustion that are controlled by plasma discharges could become key components of the circular carbon economy.

Humans have a very long history with fire and, over the past two centuries, with more controlled forms of combustion. Our evolving mastery of combustion is marked by many technological leaps, but now, the overarching aim of the research field is to find ways to mitigate combustion’s main drawback—the carbon dioxide it generates.

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21 May, 2020

CCRC professors honored with Combustion Institute’s Research Excellence Award

In April, The Combustion Institute (CI) announced KAUST Professors Aamir Farooq and Mani Sarathy received its inaugural Research Excellence Award. Farooq and Sarathy were among a large group of talented international researchers who won the award, and both professors have been CI members for many years.

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11 May, 2020

New Roles in the Center

​The CCRC congratulates Andrew Maloney and Mark Brown on their new positions in the center. Andrew Maloney, who was previously the Center Operations and Safety Manager, is now the Center Operations Manager. He will manage overall center operations, administrative and laboratory staff management, and oversee the financial issues of the center.

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09 September, 2019

CCRC Ph.D. student Rafig Babayev wins best paper award at JSAE

Rafig Babayev received The Best Paper Award at the 2019 JSAE/SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants International Meeting organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Kyoto, September 2019. It was awarded for his study on a novel combustion mode, the Isobaric Combustion, which enables internal combustion engines to simultaneously achieve higher efficiency and lower emissions.

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10 July, 2019

Dr. Wesley Boyette wins "The ASPACC Young Investigator Award"

Congratulations Dr. Wesley Boyette for winning "The ASPACC Young Investigator Award" at the12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion held in Fukuoka, Japan on July 4, 2019.

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06 May, 2019

Ph.D. student Bogdan Dragos Ilies receives two Romanian awards

CCRC Ph.D. student Bogdan Dragos Ilies recently received two awards from the League of Romanian Students Abroad: a special mention in the category 'Romanian students abroad' and the Public Audience Award.

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14 April, 2019

Associate Professor Aamir Farooq wins combustion science award

CCRC's Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Aamir Farooq has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2019 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award.

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03 April, 2019

KAUST Professor Hong Im elected as Fellow of the Combustion Institute

CCRC Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hong G. Im was recently elected as a Combustion Institute Fellow for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of combustion through the amalgamation of theory, numerical methods and high performance computational simulations.

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27 March, 2019

Turbocharging the switch to efficient engines

A combustion problem that has troubled engine manufacturers since the industry began still plagues the designers of fuel-efficient engines. A team at KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center, led by Robert Dibble, focuses on understanding pre-ignition.

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07 February, 2019

A race against time

Members from the McLaren Group attended the University's 2019 Winter Enrichment Program, speaking about KAUST and McLaren's ongoing extreme performance research partnership

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23 December, 2018

CCRC student Nawaf Alghamdi wins best poster prize at CHEMREACTOR-23

CCRC student Nawaf Alghamdi won a best poster prize at the recent CHEMREACTOR-23 conference in Belgium in November.

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25 November, 2018

Student Focus: Abdulrahman Abdullah Alkhateeb

Abdulrahman Alkhateeb is currenly pursing his Ph.D. under the supervision of William Roberts. His research focus is on fuel combustion to examine the possibility of burning hydrogen-bearing materials to run gas turbines to generate electricity.

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11 November, 2018

Putting the squeeze on soot

Understanding the effect pressure has on soot production during fuel combustion could help reduce polluting emissions.

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22 October, 2018

Alumni Focus: Maram Al-Malki

Maram Al-Malki graduated from KAUST in 2017 with a master's degree in chemistry, with her research based at the University's Clean Combustion Research Center. Her ambition did not stop there—she decided to continue on at KAUST as a Ph.D. student at the University's Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center.

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