Aamir Farooq, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest

​Dr. Farooq's research interests are in the areas of energy sciences, combustion chemistry, spectroscopy and laser-based sensors. He is the principal investigator of Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory and is affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center. Professor Farooq's group focuses on the development and use of advanced experimental techniques to understand fundamental processes in traditional and renewable energy-conversion devices. The laboratory carries out experimental research on chemical kinetics using shock tubes and rapid compression machine. These idealized reactors enable the study of reaction kinetics, fuel chemistry, ignition properties, and emissions under conditions suitable for future high-efficiency, low-emission engines and gas turbines.

Professor Farooq is interested in the development of new laser-based sensors and their application to a variety of energy systems. These sensors are used to make in-situ measurements of various parameters of interest such as species concentration, gas temperature, flow velocity, mass flux, and particle number density. Small-sized quantum-cascade lasers are used to design highly sensitive sensors that are portable and can be applied directly in industrial settings. Also, Professor Farooq is interested in developing laser-based sensors for biomedical and environment–monitoring applications.

Selected Publications

  • Quantum Cascade Laser Measurements of Line Intensities, N 2-, O 2-and Ar-Collisional Broadening Coefficients of N 2...
    E. Es-sebbar, M. Deli, A. Farooq
    Applied spectroscopy, 70 (6), 972-982, (2016)
  • Ignition studies of n-heptane/iso-octane/toluene blends
    T. Javed, C. Lee, M. AlAbbad, K. Djebbi, M. Beshir, J. Badra, H. Curran, A. Farooq
    Combustion and Flame 171, 223-233, (2016)
  • Rate Coefficients of the Reaction of OH with Allene and Propyne at High Temperatures
    E. Es-sebbar, F. Khaled, A.E. Elwardany, A. Farooq
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120 (41), pp. 7998-8005, (2016)
  • A chemical kinetic study of the reaction of hydroxyl with furans
    A. Elwardany, E. Es-sebbar, F. Khaled, A. Farooq
    Fuel 166, 245-252, (2016)
  • Sensitive and ultra-fast detection using pulsed cavity ringdown spectroscopy
    A. Alquaity, E. Essebbar, A. Farooq
    Optics Express, Issue 23, 7217-7226, (2015)
  • High-temperature rate constant measurements for OH + xylenes
    A. Elwardany, J. Badra, A. Farooq
    Combust. Flame 162:6, 2348-2353, (2015)
  • A comparative study of the oxidation characteristics of two gasoline fuels and an n-heptane/iso-octane surrogate mi...
    T. Javed, E.F. Nasir, E. Essebbar, A. Farooq
    Fuel, 140, pp. 201-208, (2015)
  • Ignition delay time measurements of primary reference fuel blends
    M. AlAbbad, T. Javed, F. Khaled, J. Badra, A. Farooq
    Combustion and Flame 178, 205-216, (2017)
  • H-abstraction by OH from large branched alkanes: Overall rate measurements and site-specific tertiary rate calculat...
    D. Liu, F. Khaled, B.R. Giri, E. Assaf, C. Fittschen, A. Farooq
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 121(5), 927-937, (2017)
  • Antiknock quality and ignition kinetics of 2-phenylethanol, a novel lignocellulosic octane booster
    V.S. B Shankar, M. Al-Abbad, M. El-Rachidi, S.Y. Mohamed, E. Singh, Z. Wang, A. Farooq, S....
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2017) 


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2010
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, 2002

Professional Profile


  • 2016-Present: Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2016: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010: Research Assistant, Stanford University, California

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member, Combustion Institute
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member, Institute of Physics



  • Distinguished paper award from the Combustion Institute (2012)
  • Invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference: Laser Diagnostics in Combustion (2013)
  • Featured article award from the Institute of Physics (2009)
  • Fellowship for PhD studies

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Fuels and combustion Sensors