Jihad Badra

Postdoctoral Fellows
Lab Scientist, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia​​

Research Interests

My research interests include high quality experimental data which is essential to validate and improve existing chemical kinetics models and in general combustion models.

Shock Tube is ideal for studying combustion kinetics as it provides near constant volume and internal energy conditions and decouples the complex combustion phenomenon from other affects so that the combustion process can be studied with least uncertainties.

Laser diagnostics provides the essential non-intrusive experimental techniques to study the combustion process quantitatively.

I am also interested in catalytic combustion of various hydrocarbons as well as improving their surface chemical kinetics, where the current mechanisms present high deficiencies.


  • 2012-present: Post-doctoral fellow. Kinetics group, CCRC, Mechanical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, K.S.A.
  • 2008-2012: PhD. Mechanical Engineering, the University of Sydney, Australia.
  • 2007-2008: M.Sc (Research). Mechanical Engineering, the University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-2007: M.Sc (Coursework). Mechanical Engineering, the University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2002-2006: BE. Mechanical Engineering, University of Balamand, Lebanon

Professional Profile

  • ​​2012-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST
  • 2007-2012: Teaching Assistant, University of Sydney

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​The Combustion Institute​

KAUST Affiliations

  • Chemical Kinetics and Laser Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Clean Combustion Research Center
  • Mechanical Engineering

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​University of Sydney, Alumni Member