The Combustion and Laser Diagnostics Laboratory studies flame dynamics as well as hazardous combustion emissions using a variety of laser-based measurement techniques. Computational approaches utilizing detailed combustion chemistry are routinely used to get insights of the experimentally observed combustion phenomena.

A major research direction is the study of combustion characteristics of conventional transportation fuels and their surrogates. Ignition characteristics, sooting tendencies and laminar flame speeds are among the current foci of our studies. A key goal of the research in our laboratory is to develop novel techniques, through the understanding of the fundamentals, to achieve clean and efficient energy conversion from combustion.

Our current research projects include: (1) Electrical field assisted combustion; (2) Flame particle synthesis; (3) Autoignition study; (4) Laminar flame speed measurements; (5) Soot formation. Please refer to the “Research” tab for detailed information.​ 

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