Hatem Selim

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow​


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Research Interests

My research at KAUST includes the investigation of the combustion chemistry of isomeric fuels, gasoline surrogates, and research (FACE) fuels in atmospheric/low-pressure laminar premixed flames using photoionization mass spectrometry. I am also working on the examination of the effect of fuel doping on the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in counterflow diffusion flames. In addition, I am working on the investigation of low-temperature combustion chemistry using jet-stirred reactors. I am also investigating autoignition/extinction limits of gaseous and liquid fuels using counterflow burner. Finally, I am working on the evaluation of the effect of biofuels addition to gasoline surrogates on the performance of homogenously charged compression ignition (HCCI) engines.

Selected Publications

  • Comparison between the combustion chemistry of FACE A and C fuels using photoionization mass spectrometry,
    H. Selim, S. Mohamed, A. Lucassen, N. Hansen, S. M. Sarathy,
    Under preparation.
  • Effect of the methyl substitution on the combustion of two methylheptane isomers: Flame chemistry using VUV photoionization mass spectrometry,
    H. Selim, S. Mohamed, A. Lucassen, N. Hansen, S. M. Sarathy,
    Energy & Fuels (2015)
  • Detection and identification of the keto-hydroperoxide (HOOCH2OCHO) and other intermediates during low-temperature oxidation of dimethyl ether,
    K. Moshammer, A. W. Jasper, D.M. Popolan-Vaida, A. Lucassen, P. Diévart, H. Selim, A. J. Eskola, C. A. Taatjes, S. R. Leone, M. S. Sarathy,
    Y. Ju, P. Dagaut, K. Kohse-Höinghaus, N. Hansen, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2015)
  • A photo-ionization mass spectrometry study of ethylene counterflow diffusion flames doped with methane and propane,
    W. Yu, H. Selim, K. Moshammer, N. Hansen, M. S. Sarathy, S. H., Chung,
    10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC), Beijing, China, July, 19-22 (2015)
  • Flame chemistry of the alkane-rich gasoline fuels and surrogate using photoionization mass spectrometry: I. Primary reference fuel,
    H. Selim, A. Lucassen, N. Hansen, S.M. Sarathy,
    European Combustion Meeting, Budapest, Hungry, March 30-April 2 (2015)
  • Ion measurements in premixed methane-oxygen flames,
    A. Alquaity, N. Hourani, M. Chahine, H. Selim, S. M. Sarathy, A. Farooq,
    50th AIAA joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, OH, July 28-30 (2014)
  • Ignition delay measurements and detailed chemical kinetic modeling of 2-methylfuran/n-heptane mixtures,
    R. Tripathi, C. Lee, A. C. Davis, A. K. Ramalingam, H. Selim, K. A. Heufer, H. Pitsch, S. M. Sarathy,
    23rd International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena, Szeged, Hungary, July 20-25, (2014)
  • Exploration of Heat Release in a Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engine with Primary Reference Fuels, D. Vuilleumier, H. Selim, R. Dibble, S. M. Sarathy,
    SAE Technical Paper 2013-01-2622 (2013)
  • Investigation of sulfur chemistry with acid gas addition in hydrogen/air flames,
    H. Selim, S. Ibrahim, A. Al Shoaibi, A. K. Gupta,
    Applied Energy, Vol. 113, 2014, 1134-1140(2014)
  • Effect of oxygen enrichment on acid gas combustion in hydrogen/air flames under claus conditions,
    H. Selim, S. Ibrahim, A. Al Shoaibi, A. K. Gupta,
    Applied Energy, Vol. 109, 119-124(2013)


  • Post-doctoral training, Clean Combustion Research Center (KAUST), 2013-present.
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2007-2012.
  • M.S., Mechanical Power Engineering, 2004-2007.
  • B.S., Mechanical Power Engineering, Cairo University, 1998-2003

Professional Profile

  • Hatem is a post-doctoral fellow in Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at KAUST. He joined in February 2013. Hatem got his Bachelors degree from mechanical power engineering department at Cairo University in 2003. He, then, got his Masters degree in combustion CFD simulations from Cairo University in May 2007. In August 2007, Hatem joined University of Maryland as a PhD student working on the chemical kinetics of hydrogen sulfide combustion in Claus process. He graduated in November 2012 and joined KAUST asa post-doctoral fellow in February 2013.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


  • Research Assistantship, Combustion Laboratory at UMD                              2007– 2012
  • Cairo University Teaching and Research Assistantship                                2004 – 2007
  • Cairo University Excellence Assistantship                                                     1998 – 2003

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • ​ Mechanical Engineering Department, Cairo University

Research Interests Keywords

Fuels and combustion

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