The CPC group studies conventional and alternative fuels (e.g., biofuels, synthetic fuels, etc.), so the environmental impact of combustion systems can be reduced. We take a multi-discplinary approach to combustion research, wherein expertise are gathered through an international network and applied towards solving combustion related problems. Please visit the "Collaborators" page to view some of the organizations that we work with.

A major thrust of research is simulating the combustion chemistry of transportation fuels. We develop fundamental chemical kinetic models that can be used to simulate fuel combustion and pollutant formation in energy systems. Engine designers then implement these chemical kinetic models in computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to achieve various performance targets. In addition, we obtain data from fundamental combustion experiments using advancing diagnostic techniques to elucidate reaction pathways of combustion, and to generate experimental data needed to validate detailed chemical kinetic models.

Our research in combustion chemistry modeling includes quantum chemistry calculations, comprehensive mechanism development, combustion cyberinfrastructure development, computer generated detailed and reduced mechanisms, and simulation of multi-dimensional reacting flows. Please visit our "Research" page to view some of the projects that we are working on.

Latest News

Zoom Webinar: Behavior of Hydrogen in HCCI Engines

27 September, 2021

Zoom Webinar on Behavior of hydrogen in HCCI engines presented by Abdulrahman Magdy, Ph.D. student Supervised by Prof. Mani Sarathy.

Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang Wins Bernard Lewis Fellowship

09 July, 2020

CCRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang received the 2020 Bernard Lewis Fellowship, established by the Combustion Institute to encourage high-quality research in combustion by young scientists and engineers. Dr. Zhang and 6 other researchers were to be honored during the originally scheduled 38th International Symposium on Combustion in July 2020.

CCRC professors honored with Combustion Institute’s Research Excellence Award

21 May, 2020

In April, The Combustion Institute (CI) announced KAUST Professors Aamir Farooq and Mani Sarathy received its inaugural Research Excellence Award. Farooq and Sarathy were among a large group of talented international researchers who won the award, and both professors have been CI members for many years.

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