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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31 October, 2021

A radical shift to link soot formation and interstellar evolution

CCRC researchers develop a new hypothesis to explain the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Unusual reaction pathways to hydrocarbon clusters could bring a paradigm shift to the understanding of soot and interstellar chemistry.

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09 December, 2020

Better benzene sensing at laser point

A laser-based sensor developed at KAUST could improve monitoring of benzene emissions and limit exposure to this pollutant. In collaboration with Saudi Aramco, KAUST researchers have developed a device that accurately senses extremely low concentrations of benzene in real time.

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22 May, 2020

CCRC professors honored with Combustion Institute’s Research Excellence Award

In April, The Combustion Institute (CI) announced KAUST Professors Aamir Farooq and Mani Sarathy received its inaugural Research Excellence Award. Farooq and Sarathy were among a large group of talented international researchers who won the award, and both professors have been CI members for many years.

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