Leiliang Kobayashi, Ph.D.


Techno-Economic Analyst

Research Interests

My research focuses on economic and enviromental analysis of science and engineering projects that can potentially contribute to the net-zero emissions goals and the global energy transition. The technologies include, but not limited to, low-carbon fuels, low-emission combustion and carbon capture. Techno-economic analysis and life-cycle assessment are the major methodologies to be applied in the research. I also broadly follow business trend and market movement of clean energy, circular economy, hydrogen economy and carbon capture, storage and utilization. 


  • MBA, University of Manchester, UK, 2020
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park), USA, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Associate, BloombergNEF, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015-2019: Business and Technology Specialist, Today Research Center, Shiga, Japan 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

TEA LCA Low-Carbon Clean Combustion Energy Transition Climate change