Faculty

William L. Roberts, Ph.D.

Director of Clean Combustion Research Center | Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Experimental Combustion, Propulsion, and Laser-Based Optical Diagnostics for Reacting Flows

Mani Sarathy, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Clean Combustion Research Center | ​​​​Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Interest: ​Comprehensive chemical kinetics, combustion cyberinfrastructure, reaction mechanism reduction, chemistry of multi-scale reacting flows

Hong G. Im, Ph.D.

​​​​​Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: ​Advanced modeling of sooting flames, modeling of mixed-mode combustion in modern engines, dynamics of turbulent premixed flame propagation

Bassam Dally, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer Optimization, Applied Optics, computational fluid dynamics, Renewable Energy

James Turner, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Min Suk Cha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: ​Plasma assisted combustion, Fuel reforming, Plasma sources, Flame dynamics

Aamir Farooq, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Fuels and combustion, Sensors

Deanna Lacoste, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: High pressure combustion, Thermo acoustic instabilities, Optical diagnostics

Gaetano Magnotti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: ​Combustion, Laser Diagnostics, Turbulence, Gas Turbines, Internal Combustion Engines

Suk Ho Chung, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Robert W. Dibble, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Staff

Andrew R. Maloney

Center Operations Manager

Amani M. Basagur

Executive Secretary

Khalil Djebbi

Safety Officer

Raheena Abdurehim

Web and Communication Coordinator

Et-touhami Es-sebbar, Ph.D.

Research Infrastructure Manager

Adrian Ichim

Laboratory Supervisor

Research Interest: Advanced Engine Combustion, Future Fuels

Martina Nagl

Laboratory Design & Management Engineer

David White

Engineering Technician

Zhen Jiang

Research Technician

Earnesto Thachil

Laser Safety and Operation Technician

Riyad H. Jambi

Engine Lab Technician

Aiping Chen

Research Laboratory Assistant

Research Interest: Hot corrosion rig, Oxidative desulfurization

Ziad Dawood

Research Technician

Umit Gorcum

Research Assistant

Khalid Alkhayat

Engineering Technician

Arjun B. Narayanamurthy

Research Specialist

Mark R. Brown

Strategic Business Development Officer

Aliya Nadinova

Administrative Support

Research Scientists

Ayman Elbaz, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Non-premixed flames, Swirling flames, Laminar and Turbulent flame speed, Jet flames in a heated co-flow, Elevated pressure combustion

Binod Raj Giri, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interest: Gas Phase Kinetics, Laser Flash Photolysis, Shock Tube Studies, Statistical Rate Theory Calculations, Computational Chemistry, Laser Diagnostic in Combustion, Thermo-Physical Properties Measurements, Fluid Phase Equilibria

Francisco Hernández Pérez, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Combustion science and technology, computational science and engineering, computational fluid dynamics, high-performance scientific computing, laminar, turbulent and multiphase flow modelling

Junjun Guo, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Numerical simulation, Soot modeling, Radiation, Oxy-fuel combustion

Manuel Monge Palacios, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Theoretical kinetic and dynamic studies of gas phase reactions, combustion and atmospheric chemistry​

Moez Ben Houidi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Internal Combustion Research Engines, HCCI, PPC, Optical diagnostic techniques, Thermo-kinetic interaction, combustion propagation regimes

Peng Liu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, combustion chemistry, PAHs and soot formation

Ramses Snoeckx, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Plasma Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Science, C1 Chemistry, CO2 Conversion, Fuel reforming, Chemical Kinetics Modeling

Saumitra Saxena, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Fuel Kinetics, Computational Combustion, Emissions, Hot Corrosion, Ash-bearing fuels

Thibault Guiberti, Ph.D. - HDR

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Reactive Flows, Turbulence, Hydrogen, ammonia, Optical diagnostics, Chemiluminescence

Postdoctoral Fellows

Amit Katoch, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Laminar and turbulent burning velocity measurements, Flameless combustion, Deflagraton to detonation transitions, Spray formation at low flow rates, Chemical kinetics, Micro and meso scale combustion, Biofuels

Chaobo Yang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Raman/Rayleigh Scattering, CARS

Eshan Singh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Fuel-Engine Interaction, Biofuels

Guoqing Wang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hanfeng Jin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, kinetic modeling, laser absorption spectroscopy, mass spectrometry

Harsh Goyal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Engine combustion, Performance and emissions, Alternative fuels, Optical/laser diagnostics

Hassnain Abbas Khan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Automotive exhaust After-treatments, Sustainable Energy with Low Carbon and Low Pollutant Emissions

Inna Gorbatenko, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Alternative fuels, Auto-Ignition, Engine Knock and Super-Knock, Advanced Engine Technologies, Gas-Phase Chemical Kinetics

Jianguo Du, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Experimental Combustion, Spray and droplet combustion

Jinwoo Son, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Electric field, flame propagation speed, electric body force

Jiyuan Fan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Karl Chatelain, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Experimental, Modeling, Detonation, Electronic Structure Calculations, Energetic Materials, Autoxidation, Chemical kinetics

Maria Luís Castela, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: DNS numerical simulations, High performance computing, Modeling non-equilibrium reacting flows, Modern Fortran solvers, ​Plasma assisted combustion

Minh Bau Luong, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI), Low Temperature Combustion (LTC), Internal Combustion Engine Simulation, Turbulence

Mohammad Khaled Shakfa, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Sensors, and optical spectroscopy

Mohammed AlAbbad, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Combustion, Chemical kinetics, Laser Diagnostics, Feuls

Qinglong Tang, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, PLIF, PLII, combustion characteristics, Engine combustion

Ribhu Gautam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Fast Pyrolysis, Kinetics, Biofuels, Biomass, Micro- and Macroalgae, Polymers

Shamjad Moosakutty, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: combustion chemistry, Aerosol physical, optical, and chemical properties, Atmospheric chemistry, Air pollution, Climate change, Evolution of organic aerosols, Volatile organic carbon

Srinath Somu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Thermoacoustics, Gas Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Methods and Measurement Sciences

Taesung Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: High pressure combustion, Flame dynamics, PLIF, PIV, CO2 dilution, ALLAM cycle

Tao Yu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Raman Scattering, Rayleigh scattering, high-speed imaging

Xiaoyuan-Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: FGMech development, real-fuel combustion, combustion reaction kinetics, ammonia

Xinlei Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: High fidelity simulation of reacting flows, Engine combustion modeling, Chemical kinetics mechanisms

Xuren Zhu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Experimental study, Numerical simulation, gas turbine, vortex dynamic, buoyant flame, pressure gain, fuel flexibility

Yedhu Krishna, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Optical diagnostics, High speed flows, Photonics, Laser applications, Sensors

Ph.D. Students

Abdulrahman Magdy Mohammed

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Internal Combustion Engines, Future mobility, hydrogen combustion, climate change mitigation, Carbon capture

Akhmad Faruq Alhikami

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Spray Ignition, Alternative fuels combustion, Optical diagnostics

Alberto Ceschin

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: CFD, multiphase and multicomponent spray modelling, DNS/LES, OpenFOAM

Alfaisal Albalawi

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Autoignition of Fuels, High pressure combustion, Lifted flame, MILD Combustion

Ali Elkhazraji

​M.S./Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: LTHR, P-T diagrams, Argon

Ana Antunes

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Carbon capture, Air pollution

Aqeel Al-Manashi

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics

Aswath Mohanan

Ph.D. Student

Azat Amiralin

​MS/Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Plasma assisted combustion1, Heat Transfer Optimization, Inverse Design

Bassam S. Aljohani

Ph.D Student

Research Interest: Combustion Engines

Bogdan Ilies

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Atmospheric chemistry, ​Chemistry, Chemical analysis, combustion1

Can Shao

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Soot formation, PAHs, Diesel Surrogate

Christopher Wagstaff

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Cryogenic Carbon Capture, Solids-formation, Separations

Cristian Avila Jimenez

​Ph.D. Student

Dapeng Liu

Ph.D. student

Davide Del Cont-Bernard

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Plasma assisted combustion1

Edwing Grajales Gonzalez

​MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Computational Chemistry, chemical kinetic modeling

Emad Al Ibrahim

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Machine learning, Modeling and Simulation

Erica Quadarella

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Turbulence-chemistry interaction, CFD of turbulent flames

Ezendeeva Diana

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Advanced laser diagnostics, Flow visualisation techniques, Experimental fluid dynamics

Fabiyan Angikath

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Modeling antagonistic effect​

Fahad Almatrafi

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Internal Combustion Engines, Machine learning

Farha Khan

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: laminar flame speed, natural gas combustion, schlieren imaging

Giuseppe Pezzella

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Adsorption, CO2 capture

Hammam Aljabri

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for reactive and non-reactive flows, IC engines, Numerical analysis

Hao Shi

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Combustion Engine, Variable Compression

Hao Tang

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Raman, High Pressure Flame

Haoyi Wang

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Low Pressure, combustion1

Jin Park

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Fuel reforming, Plasma applications

Jinan Aljaziri

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Biomass pyrolysis, Biofuels, Chemical kinetics

Joel Lisanti

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Pressure-gain combustion, Isochoric heat addition gas turbine

Juan Giraldo Delgado

MS Student

Research Interest: Machine learning applied to ICE, Prediction of fuel-engine behavior, Fuel high throughput screening, AI applied to Chemical Engineering

Juan Restrepo Cano

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: computational fluid dynamics, Chemical kinetics, catalytic oil upgrading, Lattice-Boltzmann modelling

Julide Maskun

Ph.D. Student

Junyu Hao

​Ph.D. Student

Kalim Uddeen

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: High efficiency ICE, Knock, Optical & Laser Diagnostic, Low emissions

Kevin Moreno Cabezas

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Internal Combustion Engines, Modelling, CFD Simulations, Thermodynamics, combustion1

Khaiyom Hakimov

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Pre-chamber combustion, Chemical kinetics, Future Fuels

Khalid Alhazmi

​MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Machine learning, Chemical Reactions, Modeling, Process Optimization

Khalid Aljohani

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Shock Tube, Chemical kinetics, Laser diagnostic, Ignition related studiesIgnition related studies

Kiran Yalamanchi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Machine learning, Chemical kinetics, Thermochemistry

Lorenzo Angelilli

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: CFD, OH-PLIF, High pressure combustion, Spray

Manuel Alejandro Echeverri Marquez

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ICE, combustion1, CFD Simulations

Mhanna Mhanna

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Laser Diagnostics

Mickael Silva

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Computational fluid mechanics of reactive and non-reactive flows, Pre-chamber initiated jet ignition combustion systems

Miguel Figueroa Labastida

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Fuels and combustion, Material Science, Chemical kinetics, Materials Characterization

Moaz Omar Lehaibi

​​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Laminar Burning speed and ignition time delay combustion

Mohamad Abou Daher

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Heterogeneous Catalysts, Clean Fuels

Mohammed Almomtan

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Machine learning, Numerical Optimization, combustion kinetics

Muhammad Bukar

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Combustion and Laser Diagnostics

Muhammad Hummayun Yousaf

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Clean Combustion, Knocking, Turbulent Flows

Myriam Belmekki

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Shock Tube Studies, laser absorption spectroscopy, Theoretical rate calculations

Nicole Laws

​MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Hot Corrosion

Niraj Panthi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Aerodynamics, High Pressure Engine Combustion, Supersonic Flows, Shock waves

Omar Alqahtani

Ph.D Student

Research Interest: Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy, Thermal systems

Omar Zaki Arab

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laminar and Turbulent flame speed, High pressure combustion, Experimental Combustion, computational fluid dynamics

Paolo Guida

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Multi-phase, Heavy Fuels, OpenFOAM, Surrogates, Emulsions

Ponnya Hlaing

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Pre-chamber combustion, PCC, Internal Combustion Engines, Lean Combustion, Natural Gas Engines

Priybrat Sharma

​Ph.D. Students

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Internal Combustion Engines, Advance Combustion Technologies, Diagnostics Development

Raul Andres Serrano Bayona

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Autothermal Reforming, Experimental set-up, Kinetic Modelling

Roman Zamchii

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Cold Atmospheric Plasma of Gas Discharges

Ruslan Khamedov

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: computational fluid dynamics, High fidelity simulation,, Combustion modeling

Safa Saber

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Control systems, stability and control dynamics, Experimental Combustion, turbojet/turbofan engines, supersonic flight, high-risk experimental test design

Sahar Fadhlalmawla

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Cold plasma

Samir Rojas Chavez

​Ph.D. Student

Sangeeth Sanal

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Computational fluid mechanics of reactive and non-reactive flows

Seunghwan Bang

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laminar Flames, Lifted flame, Plasma assisted combustion1, Laser Diagnostics

Suliman Abdelwahid

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Modelling of Reacting Flows, Sustainable Fuels

Sultan Alturkistani

Ph.D. Student

Sumit Maharjan

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Pre‐ignition, Super Knock, Turbo-­charged SI Engines,, Hydro-­treating, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Sunho Park

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Flame response under electric fields​

Tairan Wang

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Quantum chemistry, Machine learning

Tsufang (Frank) Hong

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Fuel, Lubricant, Tribokinetic, nanomaterials

Vigneshwaran Sankar

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Propulsion and Combustion

Vijayamanikandan Vijayarangan

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Computational Combustion, Turbulence Modeling, Machine learning

Wenxian Tang

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Combustuon, Biofuels, PM emissions

Wonsik Song

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Flame propagating characteristics, Ignition and extinction, Flame instability, High fidelity simulation (LES and DNS), OpenFOAM

Xinguang Luo

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, combustion1, Raman Scattering

Yitong Zhai

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: combustion1, Kinetic model, Catalysis

Yu Jeong Kim

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Ignition and extinction phenomena, DNS/LES of turbulent reacting flows

Zepeng Li

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Soot formation

Master Students

Abdullah Zaihi

MS Student

Research Interest: CFD modeling, Carbon capture technology, Converge Simulation Software

Aessa Alabdrabalnabi

MS/Ph.D Student

Research Interest: Pyrolysis, Machine learning, MSW

Ammar Alkhalifa

MS Student

Research Interest: Experimental Combustion, Plasma

Ana Luiza Slama de Freitas

MS Student

Research Interest: Clean Fuels, Kinetics, Catalysis

Andres Cardenas Alvarez

MS/Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Heavy Fuel Oils, Analytical Characterization

Benjamin Horne

​MS/Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Clean energy, combustion1, Heavy Fuel Oils, Process Control, Optimization

Carolina Arias Gallego

MS Student

Research Interest: sustainable energy and fuels, Clean Combustion

Edwin Guevara Romero

MS|Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Petroleomics, Heavy Fuel Oil, Analytical Chemistry

Ghufran Alkhamis

MS Student

Harif Fontecha

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Energy Efficiency, Alternative fuels, Hydrogen, ammonia, Carbon capture, Clean energy

Hassan Irshad Bhatti

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Clean Combustion, Laser Diagnostics, Laser Sensing, Laser Spectroscopy, Personalized Medicine, High Performance Engines

Ibraheem Alsheikh

MS Student

Jonathan Peterson

Master Student

Research Interest: Experimental Combustion, Engine Performance

Jordan N. Figueiredo

MS | Ph.D Student

Madison Horne

​MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Carbon capture technology

Mohamed Sy

​MS | PhD student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, ML, Kinetics, Energy, Laser Sensing

Mohammed Bo Khamseen

Master Student

Research Interest: Clean energy, Automotive industry, Plasma, Sustainability

Mohammed Dayili

​M.S | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: combustion1, Chemical kinetics, Fuel additives, Laser Diagnostics, Machine learning

Nawaf Alghamdi

MS/Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Emission reduction​

Nursulu Kuzhagaliyeva

​MS | PhD Student

Research Interest: Numerical analysis, fuel design, prediction of reaction kinetics using machine learning

Sajad Al Ali

​MS Student

Sarvarkhodzha Nematulloev

MS | Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Ignition Delay Time, Biofuels, Future Fuels

Touqeer Anwar Kashif

MS/Ph.D. Student

Xiao Shao

​MS / Ph.D. Student

Youssef Al Ashkar

​MS Student

Research Interest: Combustion Reaction Modeling