Robin Chrystie

Postdoctoral Fellows
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Duisburg-Essen

Research Interests

​Dr. Chrystie’s interests encompass gas-phase kinetics, advanced optical sensors, and combustion phenomena.

With experience in developing novel optically-based sensors for probing challenging combustion environments, he has now placed emphasis on the application of such sensors to study gas-phase kinetics with respect to combustion chemistry.

Advanced optical sensors are chiefly laser-based, and are excellent tools for probing the rapid, multifaceted chemical processes that occur during combustion. In this light, he is applying such tools to both improve the fidelity of existing experimental datasets and their range of applicability. This effort assists to validate computational chemistry models.

Such models, in addition to fluid mechanical, heat & mass transfer considerations, are useful in developing insight into, and quantitatively predicting, combustion behaviour. Other than chemistry, he also has interest and experience in applying laser diagnostics to study flame-vortex interaction to better understand combustion instability.


  • ​2005-2009: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2001-2005: M.Eng. M.A. (Hons), Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

Professional Profile

  • 2011-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST
  • 2012-2012: Teaching Assistant, KAUST
  • 2010-2011: Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • 2006-2007: Teaching Supervisor, University of Cambridge
  • 2004-2004: Researcher in Training, Loughborough University
  • 2003-2003: Engineering Assistant, Lambson Fine Chemicals Ltd.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • The Combustion Institute
  • Associate Member of IChemE


  • Doctoral research presentation prize, 2006
  • DTA (Doctoral Training Award) for funding towards Ph.D., 2005
  • Scholar's Prize from Jesus College, 2004
  • Exhibitioner's Prize from Jesus College, 2003

KAUST Affiliations

  • Chemical Kinetics and Laser Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Combustion Laboratory LFO 43A​
  • Clean Combustion Research Center
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • ​University of Cambridge, Alumni Relations
  • Loughborough University, Alumni Relations