Mani Sarathy

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor​

Research Interests

​Professor Sarathy's research interest is in developing sustainable energy technologies with decreased net environmental impact. A major thrust of research is simulating the combustion chemistry of transportation fuels. He develops fundamental chemical kinetic models that can be used to simulate fuel combustion and pollutant formation in energy systems. Engine designers then use these chemical kinetic models to achieve various performance targets using computational simulations. In addition, these models can be used to determine how the chemical structure of a fuel affects pollutant formation. 


Professor Sarathy's research in combustion chemistry modeling includes quantum chemistry based kinetic rate calculations, comprehensive mechanism development, combustion cyberinfrastructure development, computer generated detailed and reduced mechanisms, and simulation of multi-dimensional reacting flows.
In addition, he obtains data from fundamental combustion experiments to elucidate reaction pathways of combustion, and to generate experimental data needed to validate detailed chemical kinetic models. These experimental techniques include perfectly stirred reactors, plug flow reactors, and diffusion flames. The chemistry in these reactors is probed using advanced analytical chemistry techniques such as molecular beam time-of-flight mass spectrometry, laser absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and a variety of gas and liquid chromatography methods.
The goal of Professor Sarathy's research is study conventional and alternative fuels (e.g., biofuels, synthetic fuels, etc.), so the environmental impact of combustion systems can be reduced. He also applies chemical kinetics expertise to study a wide range of chemical engineering systems including biomass energy, catalysis, and drinking water treatment.

Selected Publications

  • Analysis of Impact of Temperature and Saltwater on Nannochloropsis salina Bio-oil Production by Ultra High Resolution APCI FTICR MS
    M.M. Sanguineti, N. Hourani, M. Witt, S.M. Sarathy, N. Kuhnert, L. Thomsen
    Algal Research, 227–235, (2015)
  • Flame Chemistry of 2- and 3-methyl heptane using VUV synchrotron photoionization mass spectrometry
    H. Selim, S. Mohamed, A. Lucassen, N. Hansen, S.M. Sarathy
    Energy and Fuels, (2015)
  • A comprehensive experimental and modeling study of 2-methyl-butanol combustion
    S. Park, O. Mannaa, F. Khaled, R. Bougacha, M. Mansour, A. Farooq, S.H. Chung, S.M. Sarathy
    Combust. Flame, 162:5, 2166-2176 (2015)
  • Experiments and simulations of NOx formation in the combustion of alcohols and other hydroxylated fuels
    M. D. Bohon, M. El-Rachidi, S. M. Sarathy, and W. L. Roberts
    Combust. Flame, 162:6,2322-2336 (2015)
  • Kinetics of the high-temperature combustion reactions of dibutylether using composite computational methods
    M. Al-Rashidi, A.C. Davis, S.M. Sarathy,
    Proc. Combust. Inst., Issue 35, 385-392 (2015)
  • Ignition of alkane-rich FACE gasoline fuels and their surrogate mixtures
    S.M. Sarathy, G. Kukkadapu, M. Mehl, W. Wang. T. Javed, S. Park, M. Oehlschlaeger, A. Farooq, W.J. Pitz, C-J. Sung
    Proc. Combust. Inst., 35:249-257 (2015)
  • An experimental and modeling study of n-octanol combustion
    L. Cai, Y. Uygun, C. Togbe, H. Pitsch, H. Olivier, P. Dagaut, S.M. Sarathy
    Proc. Combust. Inst., 35:419-427 (2015)
  • Combustion chemistry of alcohols: Experimental and modeled structures of premixed 2-methylbutanol flames
    Lucassen, S. Park, N. Hansen, S.M. Sarathy
    Proc. Combust. Inst., 35:813-820 (2015)
  • A comprehensive combustion chemistry study of 2,5-dimethylhexane
    S.M. Sarathy, T. Javed, F. Karsenty, A. Heufer, W. Wang, S. Park, A. Elwardany, A. Farooq, C.K. Westbrook, W.J. Pitz, M.A.
    Oehlschlaeger, G. Dayma, H.J. Curran, P. Dagaut
    Combust. Flame, 161:1444-1459 (2014)


  • ​Postdoctoral training, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, 2010-2012
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2006-2010
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2005-2006
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering Chemical Specialization, University of Waterloo, Canada, 1999-2004

Professional Profile

​Mani Sarathy is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at KAUST. He assumed his duties in March 2012.

Mani Sarathy was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Combustion Chemistry group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During that time he held a prestigious fellowship from NSERC of Canada.  Mani received his PhD and MASc degrees in Environmental and Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and his BASc in Environmental Engineering Chemical Specialization from the University of Waterloo. He also has two years of professional cooperative education work experience that helped him cultivate practical engineering skills at ESSO Imperial Oil, Research in Motion, Dana Corporation, and Saint Gobain Technical Fabrics.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Combustion Institute

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineering

  • Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering


  • ​NSERC of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • NSERC of Canada PhD Scholarship

  • EcoTec Founder's Fellowship