Advanced combustion

energy efficiency, energy recapture from waste

This topic includes fundamental studies and industry-driven applications. Fundamental combustion studies include soot formation and other pollutant emissions based on experimental diagnostics, plasma-assisted combustion, computational flame modeling, and models for turbulent combustion. Combustion studies include simulations of advanced combustion modes, alternative fuels, and control of cyclic combustion dynamics for internal combustion engines. Energy efficiency and recapture studies include carbon capture, novel chemical processes, and energy recapture from waste streams.

Meet the experts

Daoru Han

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Plasma aerospace applications; space propulsion; plasma-material interactions; plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics; high-performance computing

K.M. Isaac

Professor and Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics; aero-structure interaction and control; active flow control; unmanned air vehicles (UAV); electrochemical magnetohydrodynamics-based microfluidics; CFD simulation of transport phenomena

Umit Koylu

Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Conventional Energy (combustion, IC engines, coal power plants, fluid and heat transport), Alternative Energy (characterization of solid oxide fuel cells, modeling of fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, alternative fuels, clean coal technologies), Environmental Science & Technology (air pollutants, particulates, measurement techniques), Various Fields (synthesis of nanoparticles, laser diagnostics, fire safety, thermal engineering)

Fateme Rezaei

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests

Carbon capture and utilization, olefin/paraffin separation; hybrid separation processes; flue gas cleanup; methane storage

Joseph Smith

Laufer Endowed Energy Chair Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests

Hybrid energy systems; fuels combustion and gasification, industrial gas flare design, operation, and regulation; process modeling, monitoring, control, and operation

Jianmin Wang

Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Anaerobic waste to energy conversion; transforming wastewater to fresh water; water reuse; metal fate in solid-water interface; energy efficient water treatment; decentralized treatment; eutrophication; sustainable technologies for advanced wastewater treatment; synergistic toxic effect of nanoparticles and heavy metals; fate and transport of heavy metals in natural and engineered system

Joel Burken

Chair
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Phytoforensics subsurface contaminant transport; smart living; green infrastructure; phytoremediation and natural treatment systems; biological wastewater treatment; constructed wetlands; green remediation; remote sensing or environmental pollutants; site restoration

Wang Y.
Yang Wang

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Particle measurement, instrumentation development, functional nanoparticle synthesis, combustion

David Bayless

Department Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Air Pollution Control, Algae, Algal Bio-fuels, Alternative Fuel, Bio-reactor, Biodiesel, Blue-Green Algae, Coal, Energy, Gassification of Coal and Biomass, Leadership Development, Mechanical Engineering, Power Generation, Shale and Shale Energy

Ran Sui

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Aiming at the utilization of environment-friendly and alternative fuels in future power generation, fuel processing and emission control, Dr. Sui's main research interests are catalytic combustion, coupling of hetero-/homogeneous thermochemical processes, and the related computational methods and experimental diagnostics.