Karl Chatelain, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests


My background is mainly related to the experimental and modeling kinetic studies with different apparatuses, directly or indirectly applied to combustion or industrial safety.

I did my PhD at IFP Energies nouvelles (Rueil-Malmaison) on "the liquid phase stability of fuel surrogates". The main objective of my thesis was to develop and validate a methodology combining both experimental data acquisition and the development of kinetic models for liquid phase autoxidation.

My current research is about the experimental and modeling study of detonation propagations.

Selected Publications


  • ​Ph.D., Processing engineering, ENSTA ParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, Palaiseau, FRANCE. (2016)
  • M.Sc, Energy and Materials, Université d’Orléans, Orléans, FRANCE. (2013)
  • B.Sc, General Chemistry, Université d’Orléans, Orléans, FRANCE. (2011)

Professional Profile

  • ​2021-present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2017: Researcher (Post-Doctoral), ENSTA ParisTech, France
  • 2014: Visiting Researcher, MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA
  • 2013-2016: Researcher (Ph.D), IFP Energies nouvelles, Rueil-Malmaison, France
  • 2013: Research Assistant (Internship), Caltech, Pasadena (CA), USA
  • 2012: Research Assistant (Internship), Caltech, Pasadena (CA), USA

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Research Center
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering​

Research Interests Keywords

Experimental Modeling Detonation Electronic Structure Calculations Energetic Materials Autoxidation Chemical kinetics