25 October, 2021

Seven CCRC researchers obtained the Best Speaker Award at 11th SAS-CI Annual Meeting!

Congratulations to our researchers and students for receiving Best presenter Award in their sessions! 11th Saudi Arabian Section of the Combustion Institute (SAS-CI) Annual Meeting was held on October 12-13, 2021. Due to COVID-19 situation, the meeting was carried out online as a virtual conference via Zoom. The main theme of this year’s program was “Role of Combustion Research in Circular Carbon Economy”.

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20 October, 2021

A radical shift to link soot formation and interstellar evolution

CCRC researchers develop a new hypothesis to explain the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Unusual reaction pathways to hydrocarbon clusters could bring a paradigm shift to the understanding of soot and interstellar chemistry.

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18 October, 2021

Nimal Naser received the NREL Director's Award for Exceptional Performance, 2021

At the moment, Nimal Naser is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences (CIMS), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Nimal's work at NREL focuses on the global drive for increased transportation efficiency by decarbonizing transport across the heavy-duty vehicle, marine, and aviation sectors by developing transformative and scalable energy technologies.

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13 October, 2021

KAUST-McLaren STEM Challenge – The Future of Mobility

Passenger transport will grow significantly over the coming decades, and so will the associated environmental and resource problems. Radical solutions are needed to address the multitude of challenges facing transport systems. KAUST and McLaren Racing are launching a STEM challenge to identify innovative solutions for the future of mobility. We want your ideas for futuristic mobility solutions that can address important societal issues such as climate change, accessibility, and affordability.

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11 October, 2021

Prof. William Roberts gave a talk to Tsinghua University

Last weekend, on Friday October 8th, 2021 Director of Clean Combustion Research Center Professor William Roberts gave a talk on "Ammonia Combustion: Promises and Perils" at Beacon Seminar Series to the Center For Combustion Energy at Tsinghua University.

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10 October, 2021

CCRC Associate Professor S. Mani Sarathy has received the inaugural 2021 Energy and Fuels Rising Stars award!

Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center, S. Mani Sarathy, has been awarded for the inaugural 2021 Energy and Fuels Rising Stars.

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22 September, 2021

CCRC Researchers are Developing Cryogenic Technology that can Freeze Carbon from the Point of Emission

The Clean Combustion Research Center at KAUST is developing Cryogenic Carbon Capture technology in collaboration with Sustainable Energy Solutions LLC (USA) as a part of the Near Term Grand Challenge. This technology can capture (remove) CO2 from the exhaust gases of a fossil power plant or an industrial plant (e.g., cement) or any process that releases CO2 in the exhaust. The captured CO2 has >99.99% purity and can be used in most industrial applications.

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19 September, 2021

Fabiyan Angikath wins runner-up position at the 2021 Falling Walls Lab KAUST

Fabiyan presented his innovative idea on "Breaking the wall of Unsustainable Hydrogen production" at the event that was held on September 14, 2021. Fabiyan is currently a Ph.D. Student under the guidance of Prof. Mani Sarathy and affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST. Along with being a runner-up winner, Fabiyan will also be able to visit and present his research idea at the global Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin this November!

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12 September, 2021

Meet the CCRC Student Advisory Committee, 2021

Established in the year 2018, the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) aims to represent the Clean Combustion Research Center's (CCRC) student body to the CCRC administration, staff, and faculty members. Every year, CCRC students are elected to constitute the SAC to represent and keep CCRC an exemplary center at KAUST. It was the first student group of its kind to be established in a research center at KAUST.

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31 July, 2021

New Faculty Announcement: Dr. Thibault Guiberti, appointed as Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The Clean Combustion Research Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Thibault Guiberti is appointed as Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering as of July 2021. Prof. Guiberti joined KAUST and CCRC in 2015 as a Postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Roberts. In 2017, he became a Research Scientist and in July 2021

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01 July, 2021

The SAC Launches the Student Development Initiative

Early this year, the CCRC Student Advisory Committee (SAC) launched the Student Development Initiative in partnership with the Office of Professional Development here at KAUST. On June 15, they kickstarted this initiative by holding the virtual workshop on Discover Your Strengths by Alexandra Katakalea, Leadership and Talent Development Consultant, and Kevin Nall from the Office of Professional Development.

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05 June, 2021

Congratulations Prof. Xu Lu for joining the editorial board of SmartMat journal!

Dr. Xu Lu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CCRC, KAUST has recently been appointed as a Youth Editorial Board Member for SmartMat.

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15 May, 2021

New Faculty Announcement: Prof. Xu Lu joins the Clean Combustion Research Center at KAUST

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Xu Lu, has joined the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Xu Lu's research focuses on reactor and material engineering for electrochemical CO2 conversion and long-term energy storage. He is also interested in hydrogen fuel cell, seawater electrolysis, and in-situ flow/material characterizations.

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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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