10 October, 2021
KAUST Associate Professor Mani Sarathy is also the Associate Director of the University’s Clean Combustion Research Center. Photo by Helmy Alsagaff.
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the PSE Division, and Associate Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center, Mani Sarathy, has been awarded for the inaugural 2021 Energy and Fuels Rising Stars.
Energy and Fuels have established an annual recognition for high influential researchers in early and mid-career (EMCRs). The Energy and Fuels Rising Stars intend to celebrate EMCRs "critical roles in driving knowledge discovery and technological advances in the increasingly globalized research landscape".
Professor Mani Sarathy's paper "Hydrogen Evolution from Hydrocarbon Pyrolysis in a Simulated Liquid Metal Bubble Reactor" is presented in virtual special issue (VSI) of Energy and Fuels.
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.
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.
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