Aamir Farooq, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator, Professor, Mechanical Engineering​​​​

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Professor Farooq received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University in 2010. Presently, he is the principal investigator of the Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

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Biography

Professor Farooq received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University in 2010. Presently, he is the principal investigator of the Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). His research interests are in the areas of energy, combustion chemistry, spectroscopy, and laser-based sensors. His group carries out experimental chemical kinetics research using shock tubes, rapid compression machine and optical diagnostics. Dr. Farooq also focuses on novel spectroscopic strategies to develop sensors for biomedical and environment-monitoring applications. He has authored over 50 refereed journal articles and has presented at a number of international conferences. ​

Research Interests

Dr. Farooq’s research interests are in the areas of energy sciences, combustion chemistry, and laser diagnostics. He is interested in the development of new laser-based diagnostics and the application of these diagnostics to study energy conversion processes of renewable and traditional energy sources. One of his focus areas is the application of laser diagnostics in shock tubes and rapid compression machines to study chemical kinetics of various fuels under conditions suitable for future high–efficiency enegy systems. He is also interested in developing laser–based sensors for biomedical and environment–monitoring applications.

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2010
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, 2002

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member, Optical Society of America
  • Member, Combustion Institute
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member, American Chemical Society

Awards

  • ​​Visiting Faculty Fellowship from the University of Lille, France (2016)
  • Article selected for front cover of Sustainable Energy and Fuels (2018)
  • Distinguished co-author paper award from the Combustion Institute (2011)
  • Featured article award by the Institute of Physics (2009)
  • Fellowship for PhD studies (2004 - 2010)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Clean Combustion Reserach Center (http://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa)
  • Mechanical Engineering Program (http://me.kaust.edu.sa)
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (http://pse.kaust.edu.sa)

Research Interests Keywords

Fuels and combustion Sensors