Welcome to the Chemical Kinetics & Laser Sensors Laboratory at KAUST!

Our group's research interests are in the areas of
- Renewable Energy
- Combustion and Propulsion
- Chemical Kinetics
- Spectroscopy and Laser Sensors

We focus on the development and use of advanced experimental techniques to understand fundamental processes in advanced energy-conversion devices. The laboratory carries out theoretical and experimental research on chemical kinetics using ab initio methods, shock tubes, rapid compression machine and laser-based diagnostics. These strategies enable the study of reaction kinetics, fuel chemistry, autoignition, and emissions under conditions suitable for future high-efficiency, low-emission energy systems. ​We also work on novel spectroscopic strategies to develop laser-based sensor for biomedical and environment monitoring applications.


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12 May, 2022

Carbon nanochemistry written in the stars

KAUST scientists have proposed a new mechanism that explains how carbon structures in flames and stars can come together to form nanoparticles. A universal mechanism could explain the formation of carbon nanoparticles in interstellar and terrestrial environments.

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08 May, 2022

The Air Pollution Epidemic

Recent years have felt like one crisis has followed another. According to data from the World Health Organization1 (WHO), air pollution (both indoor and outdoor) kills around seven million people worldwide on an annual basis. Shockingly, almost the entire population of the planet (99%) breathes in air that exceeds WHO guideline limits.

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06 April, 2022

Blending a renewable fuel

Clean and sustainable fuels could be derived by combining ammonia with complementary combustion-modifying additives. Dr. Binod Giri, Research Scientist in Prof. Aamir Farooq's group is developing experimental and theoretical methods applicable in the energy industry, as well as understanding the gas phase chemical reactions at the molecular level to deduce thermodynamic and kinetic parameters.

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